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.

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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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Jan
10
to May 20

The School for Awakening 2018

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A decade ago I founded the School for Awakening because I saw the need for an intensive program of teachings, self-inquiry, meditation, and in-depth exploration of our essential spiritual nature in which participants have an opportunity to work closely with a teacher for an extended period of time. In its current incarnation, the School 2018, which begins in January, is a five-month total immersion including online classes, individual mentoring sessions, homework assignments, and a final retreat.

Nowadays there are so many teachers, satsangs, and Youtube videos available that one can feel overwhelmed and confused by the differing perspectives and approaches. And most of these teachers only offer retreats and satsangs and don't provide the individual guidance that has been the hallmark of the nondual wisdom traditions.

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.

The School for Awakening has only one point and purpose: 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. From my more than 20 years as a psychotherapist, I bring an in-depth understanding of the human heart and an appreciation of the importance of acknowledging and embracing our essential humanness, as well as our absolute true nature.

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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Sep
17
11:00am11:00am

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?

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