Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Discovering Happiness Without Cause: Free Online Satsang

We spend our lives in search of happiness—through relationships, family, career, material possessions, diversions and entertainments, even spiritual practices. But in the process we overlook the happiness that is our birthright, our natural condition, always available in even the most difficult moments if we would only let go of our effort and turn our attention back upon itself.

Even when we’ve heard this truth countless times, we may be so addicted to the search that we keep forgetting and falling back into habitual seeking mode.

The first step in waking up out of this perpetual trance is to genuinely recognize the inherent happiness that lies at the heart of every moment and every experience. When self and other, subject and object, drop away in the simplicity of the luminous Now, happiness reveals itself as a natural expression of the undivided, our true nature, the one without a second, awakened awareness.

Designed to direct your attention back to your innate happiness, this free online satsang will feature powerful pointers, guided meditations, and ample time for dialogue and discussion.

 Times: 9:00-10:30 am PDT/17:00-18:30 UK/18:00-19:30 CET

To register, click here.

 

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Paradox of Awakening: Satsang in London

“The truth can’t be found through seeking, but only seekers find it.”

--Traditional saying

 At the heart of the awakening process, as at the heart of spirituality itself, lies the paradox of the search: If we already are the truth, happiness and love we seek, what’s the point of doing anything to find or awaken to it? Yet if we never discover it for ourselves and turn it into a living presence in our lives, how can we ever relieve our suffering and transform our lives? In this talk, Stephan will explore this paradox, known as the gateless gate in Zen or the open secret, and discuss the paradoxical value of the search.

For more information, visit https://www.meetup.com/London-Advaita/events/261397114

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Jul
27
to Jul 28

Coming Home to the Heart of Awareness: A Weekend Retreat in London

The journey of awakening is an arc of return back home to our natural, inborn condition of happiness, peace, and love, from which we have been estranged by years of conditioning and apparent separation. Rather than seeking outside ourselves in meditative states and cultivated qualities, we need simply take the backward step that turns the light of awareness back upon itself and reveals our inherently awake true nature, which is always shining in the midst of difficulty and suffering.

This weekend retreat will feature powerful pointers back to our homeground of awakened awareness; silent and guided meditations that invite us to recognize this awakened ground directly for ourselves; and lively, heartful dialogue that both explores what we truly are and reveals and releases the false beliefs and identities we take ourselves to be.

For more information, visit http://meetingtruth.com/Event/3510/Coming-Home-to-the-Heart-of-Awareness-Weekend-Retreat-in-London

To register, please contact Brett Valance, vallance.brett@gmail.com.

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Oct
2
to Nov 6

Awakened Relationship: The Sacred Mirror

In my work as a teacher and counselor over the years, I’ve noticed that intimate relationships are generally the most challenging area when it comes to embodying and living our awakened understanding in everyday life. The people we’re closest to are often our strictest teachers because they mirror back to us where we are attached to our stories and identities and have closed our hearts and created separation.  We may recognize our oneness with all of life in the stillness of meditation or the simplicity of nature, but when it comes to our partners, loved ones, and friends, we hunker down and react from our most primitive conditioning, defensiveness, and self-clinging.

In this intimate online six-week group intensive, we’ll dig deep in exploring our stuck places, core stories, and limited identities in order to free ourselves to be fully awake, authentic, heartful, and empty in our primary relationships with family, friends, and—the most important relationship of all—ourselves. The class will include guided meditations, teachings, dyadic exercises, self-inquiry, opportunities to work in the group with our individual relationship issues, and homework assignments that invite us to take what we’re learning back into our lives.

Limited to 16 participants.

Here are some of the themes we ‘ll explore:

  • Love is what you are, not what you get

  • Your partner/friend can’t “make you happy”—your happiness is 100% your responsibility

  • Telling the truth—honesty and transparency at every level

  • Letting go of being right, one of the most persistent challenges

  • Owning your projections, both negative and positive

  • If everything is indeed perfect, no one is to “blame”

  • Die before you die: sacrificing your separateness on the altar of relationship

  • Maintaining healthy boundaries in a world with no boundaries

  • Merging and individuation: the paradoxical dance of absolute and relative

  • How to know when to let go and move on, rather than continuing to “try to make it work”

  • No other: closing the gap between you and me

  • Gratitude and appreciation for the “other” as sacred mirror

We’ll be using the Zoom video-conferencing platform, which enables us to meet together as a group in a virtual space with both video and audio contact. If you don’t have access to a computer, you’re welcome to join by telephone.

Dates: Six Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Times: 9-11 am US PT; 12-2 pm ET; 5-7 pm UK; 6-8 pm CET

Cost: $350; $600 for couples

For more information and to register for this group, please click here.

 

 

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May
10
to May 12

Weekend Retreat in Barcelona: Direct Approach to Spiritual Awakening

I’m happy to be offering this weekend retreat in Spain with Javier Garcia de Andoin under the auspices of the Self Institute. In the tradition of our teacher, Jean Klein, the weekend will combine teachings, dialogue, and sessions in Kashmir-style yoga, which works with the energy body as a doorway to awakening. Javier studied with Jean for 17 years and teaches yoga in his lineage, and I was a student of Jean’s for a decade, and my teaching approach is deeply influenced by his blend of Advaita and Kashmiri tantra. For more information, click here

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Feb
17
9:00 AM09:00

Free Online Satsang: The Liberating Power of Presence

When we first embark on the spiritual journey, awareness may be a quality we cultivate through the practice of meditation. But as our understanding matures, we realize that awareness is always already present as the background of all experience. As a result, our practice shifts from meditation to what in Dzogchen is called non-meditation—letting go of all effort to meditate and allowing our natural state of awake awareness, or unconditional presence, to shine forth. In the light of this nondual presence, limiting beliefs, patterns, and emotions self-liberate, and freedom dawns. To register for this free event, click here.

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Jan
9
to May 5

School for Awakening 2019

Offered annually since 2007, the School is a four-month full immersion experience in nondual teachings and practices, carefully designed to guide you in waking up from the dream of separation and realizing your essential oneness with all of life. Fourteen weekly classes and two-day online retreat include powerful teachings, pointers, guided meditations, focused self-inquiry, and ample time for dialogue and discussion. Starts in January. For more information, click here.

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Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

Free Webinar: Finding the Light Inside the Dark

As the darkest time of year approaches, we’re invited to rediscover the eternal light that abides in the midst of the dark. Christians celebrate the luminous appearance of the Christ child, the son of God and the embodiment of love and redemption. Jews celebrate the holy miracle of the oil lamp that illuminates the Temple far longer than expected and offers inspiration in dangerous circumstances. Japanese Buddhists commemorate Buddha’s enlightenment at dawn on December 8. In a darkening world, we have the opportunity to revel in a radiant truth that cannot be dimmed or extinguished. 

Join me for a celebration of our true nature, our natural state of awakened awareness, which remains pristine and undisturbed in these challenging times. Includes guided meditation, direct pointers, and ample time for dialogue.

This event is free; donations are welcome. To register, click here.

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Dec
1
to Dec 2

Resting in the Stillness of Being: A Two-Day Nonresidential Retreat

THIS RETREAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Join me for my fall nonresidential retreat in Tucson. The weekend is devoted to disengaging temporarily from the seemingly urgent demands of everyday life and reconnecting with the silence and stillness at the heart of existence. The retreat is an invitation to (re)awaken to our natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace and extend this awakening to every area of our lives. I’ll be offering the usual blend of teachings, direct pointers, silent and guided meditations, self-inquiry, and ample time for dialogue and discussion. For more information about the “direct approach” to spiritual awakening I teach, visit my website, stephanbodian.org, or read my books, Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness. To register, click here.

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

The Pathless Path to Genuine Awakening: Online Satsang

In the Tibetan tradition, the process of spiritual transformation is divided into three parts: ground, path, and fruition. The ground is the nature of reality, as it is, consciousness, the absolute—abiding, unchanging, and undisturbed by whether we realize it or not. The path is the process through which we realize the ground experientially, in our own heart and bones, and make it our lived reality. In other words, it’s the way the ground comes to fruition in this very human life.

In the nondual world these days, there seems to be a tendency to collapse the path as if it didn’t exist. Consciousness has always been your very essence, your very own true nature, so why do anything to realize it? After all, you already are it, and any seeking just reinforces the illusion of a separate doer. Yet as long as you haven’t directly experienced the nondual nature of reality for yourself, you won’t be able to free yourself from suffering and confusion.

In this satsang, we’ll talk about the importance of genuine awakening, the stages in which awakening tends to unfold, and what you can do to help make yourself more “awakening prone.” Includes powerful pointers and guided and silent meditations.

For more info or to register, click here.

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Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Free Online Satsang: Falling in Love with Our Divine Imperfection

“In the world to come, God will not ask me, why were you not Moses? He’ll ask me, why were you not Zusya?”  —Hasidic master Reb Zusya of Hanipol

Not surprisingly in our goal-oriented, self-improvement culture, many seekers turn the journey of awakening into the pursuit of spiritual perfection. When I’m really awake, they believe, I’ll be just like Ramana, Nisargadatta, or some other saint or sage, free from human foibles. But spiritual awakening actually has quite the opposite effect: after years of struggling to be perfect, our hearts break open to the beauty and inherent pefection of our precious, messy humanness. In this satsang, we’ll explore the divine invitation to love ourselves just as we are. (All times are US PT.) To register, click here.

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Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Free Online Satsang: Learning to Love Our Divine Imperfection

“In the world to come, God will not ask me, why were you not Moses? He’ll ask me, why were you not Zusya?”  —Hasidic master Reb Zusya of Hanipol

Not surprisingly in our goal-oriented, self-improvement culture, many seekers turn the journey of awakening into the pursuit of spiritual perfection. When I’m really awake, they believe, I’ll be just like Ramana, Nisargadatta, or some other saint or sage, free from human foibles. But spiritual awakening actually has quite the opposite effect: after years of struggling to be perfect, our hearts break open to the beauty and inherent pefection of our precious, messy humanness. In this satsang, we’ll explore the divine invitation to love ourselves just as we are. (All times are US PT.) To register, click here.

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Finding Deeper Ground in Challenging Times: A Weekend Retreat in the Direct Path to Spiritual Awakening

Whether through chronic or life-threatening illness, personal loss, financial difficulty, or global or political uncertainty, life has a way of challenging us to discover and draw upon an ever-deeper, more unshakable ground of happiness and peace. But how and where do we find such a ground? 

According to the nondual spiritual traditions of Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, the only reliable source of fulfillment lies inside you, in your own heart and spirit. Only by realizing your true self, your natural state of awakened awareness, can you find refuge from the tempestuous roller-coaster ride of life.

Fortunately, you don't need to practice for lifetimes to have a direct experience of true self--it's always already available to you if you just turn your attention inward and recognize it for yourself. In this weekend retreat, you will receive powerful teachings and pointers as well as guided meditations that invite you to awaken right now to your timeless spiritual nature, beyond the mind. 

This retreat is nonresidential and takes place at the Caritas Healing Center in Tucson. The cost is $150. To register, click here.

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Mar
18
9:00 AM09:00

Living from Truth in Challenging Times

Whether through chronic or life-threatening illness, personal loss, or global or political uncertainty, life has a way of challenging our connection with truth and inviting us to find an ever-deeper, more unshakable ground of happiness and peace. How do we remember and embody who we really are even when the going gets rough? We will explore this core issue through teachings, guided meditation, and dialogue in the direct approach to spiritual realization.

Free. Sunday, March 18, 9-10:30 am PT/noon-1:30 pm ET. Online. To register and receive your password, please click here.

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Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

Beyond Mindfulness to Effortless Mindfulness with Stephan Bodian and Loch Kelly

Zoom Webinar: Dialogue With Stephan Bodian and Loch Kelly
Tuesday, February 20 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm ET

Please join Loch Kelly and Stephan Bodian for this live Zoom interactive event online or by phone.

This event is offered by sliding scale for a recommended donation of $1 - $20.

Click here to register.

This webinar will explore the nature of an awakened life and the role of meditation in accessing nondual spiritual wisdom. Do we need to cultivate awareness through deliberate mindfulness, or can we recognize and rest in our natural state of awake awareness right now and moment to moment, without elaborate preparation? The webinar will begin with deep dialogue and meditations shared by the presenters, followed by questions and dialogue with participants.

Stephan Bodian is the author of the book Beyond Mindfulness, and Loch Kelly has released an audio called Effortless Mindfulness Now. They both have in-depth backgrounds in nondual wisdom traditions, meditation training, neuroscience and psychotherapy.

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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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