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The School for Awakening 2018


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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.

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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