Jan
10
to May 20

The School for Awakening 2018

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Enroll now and receive the discounted price of $1250 for the full five-month program; after November 15 enrollment increases to $1495.

Have you been looking for a total immersion in the nondual wisdom teachings, an opportunity to focus your attention week after week, with a seasoned teacher and a group of kindred spirits, on the radiant source of all wisdom, happiness, and love?

This January I will once again be offering the School for Awakening, a five-month intensive program of teachings, self-inquiry, meditation, and in-depth exploration of our essential spiritual nature that enables you to work closely with a teacher for an extended period of time. If you've read the books, watched the YouTube videos, and attended an occasional satsang or retreat but now want a "deep dive" into the nature of reality, the School for Awakening may be perfect for you.

The program features classes, individual mentoring sessions, homework assignments, and a final online retreat. Each class includes guided and silent meditations, profound nondual wisdom teachings, powerful pointers to true nature, focused inquiry, and ample time for dialogue and discussion. Limited to just 20 participants, the intimate group format enables class members to connect with one another, share their journey and the wisdom they've gathered, and create awakening community together.

The classes are scheduled at 10 am PT/6 pm UK time on Wednesdays to welcome participants from North America, Europe, the UK, and Latin America. And classes are recorded and made available for download within a couple of days to make it easier to maintain continuity if you need to miss classes from time to time.

Register by November 15 and receive the special early-bird tuition of $1250. (Tuition increases to $1495 thereafter.)

The point of the School is to invite you to recognize and abide in your natural state of awakened awareness, which is the radiant source of all fulfillment, happiness, peace, and love, and to learn to integrate and embody this awakening in everyday life.

Over the centuries, if you wanted to study Zen, Dzogchen, or Advaita Vedanta, you sought out a teacher and joined a small group of disciples or worked individually to realize the truth under their guidance. In fact, the word "upanishad" means "to sit down next to" a guru and receive direct pointers and instruction. I had the immense good fortune to be able to study in this way with a number of extraordinary teachers, including Jean Klein and Adyashanti, and I'm happy to be able to afford this opportunity to others.

Even though we have only one purpose in being together, the School will be (arbitrarily) divided into three modules with separate themes, as a way to console the mind that likes categories and boundaries. In fact, each class will invite you to wake up right now and come to rest in awakened awareness:

Module 1: Basic teachings and practices of the direct approach. Wednesday mornings, 10:00 am-12:00 pm PT/6:00-8:00 pm UK, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7

Module 2: Waking up to the nature of what is. Wednesday mornings, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Module 3: Living as the truth you know yourself to be. Wednesday mornings, April 11, 18, 25, May 2

Final online retreat: Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20

If you would like more information on my approach, please read my books Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness and listen to the videos and watch the blogposts on this site. If you're interested in possibly joining the School, please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

The Art of Happiness

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As the great spiritual traditions remind us, you can't find lasting happiness in accomplishments, possessions, or other people. Happiness is an inside job--and if you know precisely how to work with your own mind and heart, you can be happy in every situation, no matter how difficult.

At the deepest level, happiness is your birthright, your natural state as a human being, which you've lost touch with as the result of a lifetime of conditioning and suffering. By reflecting on certain core teachings and engaging in certain simple practices, you can reconnect with this innate happiness and spend more and more time just being happy, instead of struggling to get things to be different from the way they are.

The practices have a long spiritual pedigree and have been extensively studied by scientists and psychologists, particularly in the field of positive psychology, and found to be extraordinarily effective at building and sustaining lasting happiness.

In this two-day retreat, you'll receive powerful teachings on the nature of happiness and learn four simple yet transformative practices for lifting your mood, brightening your spirits, and infusing your heart with the joy of being.

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Sep
29
to Oct 1

Abiding as the Ground: A Weekend Journey of Awakening

Progressive paths mislead us into thinking that we have to follow particular practices and cultivate particular mind states in order to achieve some future goal of greater happiness, freedom, and peace. In fact, what we are seeking is what we always already are and is never apart from us, even for an instant. As Jean Klein used to say, “It is our nearest.”

At the same time, nondual teachings may lull us into believing that since we’re never apart from our true nature even for an instant, there’s no need to seek or inquire, to realize and abide–we just need to touch in to some loving and relaxing place inside and let life take care of itself.

But without a direct and transformative recognition of what you really are– timeless, limitless, infinitely loving, ever aware–you’ll end up with nothing but reassuring words and pleasant feelings. Unless you experience a profound and irrevocable shift in the locus of your identity and recognize your “true face” once and for all, you’ll go back to your life after retreats and satsangs and quickly lose what you thought you’d gained.

In this weekend intensive/retreat, we’ll focus on exploring and realizing the indestructible essence of what is. With the help of direct pointers, guided and silent meditations, and plenty of time for dialogue, we’ll invite the deep and irrevocable shift that a genuine awakening entails.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Sep
17
11:00 AM11:00

The Paradox of Practice: Online Interview with Grace Bubeck

Meditation practices like mindfulness have numerous well-researched benefits, including creating an inner spaciousness in which we no longer identifywith or react to the thoughts and feelings that arise. At the same time, practices can reinforce the illusion of a separate meditator who makes this all happen. They may perpetuate the belief that we need to keep ‘practicing’ to bring us closer to who we really are. Are practices an obstacle or a resource on the direct path of discovering our true nature, which is always already awake and needs no practice to maintain?

Click here to watch.

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