A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Poverty, malnutrition, and disease are a way of life for many individuals in India and other third-world countries, but, with your help, we can begin to turn this around, one individual and one village at a time. Your support in the form of a tax-free donation will go far in increasing the quality of life for those living in an impoverished community such as Nimboli, India. Help TMA in its efforts to help those who face a life of hardship and oppression.
Third Millennium Awakening
Third Millennium Awakening (TMA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Malibu, California. It was founded in 2005 to provide basic educational, medical, and agricultural support to impoverished areas in the Thane District, Maharashtra, India. Its goal is to offer human and material resources help alleviate the oppressive burdens of hunger, poverty, and disease. In addition, TMA strives to provide inspiration and hope to these communities through programs that encourage individuals and groups to become self-supporting. Our fondest dream in any project is to be no longer needed.
Mark Griffin, President
Lee Schwing, Vice President/Treasurer
Lauren Freiman, Director of Marketing & Development
Stephanie A. Connon, Science Advisor
Mark Griffin is a Westerner who was born in the 1950’s in the Pacific Northwest. His early adult years were spent in the aggressive pursuit of higher knowledge and purpose. While a young man, Mark’s studies in art and music brought him to the San Francisco Bay area. There in 1976 he met his Guru, Baba Muktananda. After years of full-time immersion in the study of meditation, Mark encountered a milestone of extreme spiritual significance – entrance into the advanced state of consciousness known as Nirvikalpa Samadhi. After Muktananda died, Mark continued to study with the great teachers of the Kagyu tradition, Kalu Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa, who supported the maturing and stabilizing of his abilities.
In 1989, after attracting several interested students, Mark began to teach meditation. He and his students relocated to Los Angeles and started the Hard Light Center of Awakening, an association dedicated to the art and science of awareness of the Self.
When Mark Griffin met Baba Muktananda he immediately realized that Baba was his Guru, his true teacher. Baba’s Guru was the great saint of India, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. Therefore Mark has a heart-felt connection to the Tansa Valley and wishes to continue in the great tradition of Bhagawan Nityananda of helping the “first people” of India.
Lee first traveled to the Tansa valley in 1980 to live In Swami Muktananda’s Gurudev Siddha Peeth ashram. During the year she lived in the ashram, Lee developed a deep connection with the profound spiritual presence of the many Siddha Gurus who have lived in this valley for thousands of years. After having helped Mark Griffin found the Hard Light Center of Awakening (www.HardLight.org) in 1989, Mark and Lee brought a small group of volunteers to Ganeshprui to access the needs of the local villagers – with an eye to forming a non-profit. In 2005 Mark and Lee founded: the Third Millennium Awakening.
TMA is a 501c3 organization with the focus on clean water which locally produces bio-sand water filters (http://www.tmaseva.org/biosand-water), as well as improving the quality of life for the “first people” of India. Over the years, Lee has had a strong guiding hand in how TMA interfaces with its Indian partners by researching technologies, networking with western partners, and fundraising.
Lauren Freiman, L.Ac.,MTOM
With a love for serving those in need, Lauren works with the marketing and program development of TMA. Lauren holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business as well as a Master’s in Oriental Medicine. She is a natural health and wellness expert with a growing practice at her office Malibu Acupuncture & Herbs.
Stephanie Connon, PhD.
Stephanie Connon holds a PhD in Environmental Microbiology and brings her technical expertise to the BioSand Water Filter technology project. Currently working as a Research Scientist at the California Institute of Technology, Stephanie has studied microbial interactions and diversity in various environments including marine, thermal features, desert soils and polluted ground water undergoing bioremediation.
Resident Vetting Committee and Partner Consultants:
Dewa and Jeanetta Haley began visiting the Tansa River Valley in 2005, and moved to India in December 2008 to become the resident vetting co-ordinators for TMA. From decades of living in rural New Mexico, they were accustomed to living far from the mainstream of society and the ease of city infrastructure as well as blending into a multi-cultural community.
Dewa (Dahvee) Haley:
Dewa Haley completed a B.S. Psychology from University of Oregon, Eugene and post-graduate study in Psychology at Colorado University. For over three decades, Mr. Haley has been a Real Estate Developer, Residential Building Contractor, Electrical Contractor, and Owner/Manager of a vacation rental business in Taos, New Mexico, USA. In Ganeshpuri, he volunteers to manage Fire Mountain Retreat Center, a facility that hosts meditation and yoga retreats, as well as serves to interface with TMA’s Indian partners and speciically the alternative technology projects.
Mrs. Jeanette Monosoff Haley, PhD
Dr. (Mrs.) Jeanette Haley has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling.. For over twenty five years, Dr. Haley worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Individual Psychotherapist in her Private Practice, at the Indian Health Service (a US Federal agency) in Taos, New Mexico, and at a Geriatric Mental Health Clinic in San Francisco. Together with her husband, she volunteers to co-manage the Fire Mountain Retreat Center as well as work closely with the TMA Indian partners and the various social work projects.