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Dorothy Hunt ~ Clarity, Conditioning, and Transformation: pre-retreat taster event

Friday, September 8, 2023 @ 9:00am-10:30am (Pacific Time)

In the words of Zen master Dogen:
“Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas;
those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings.”  
(from Genjo Koan)

This event is a “taste” of the upcoming weekend retreat, complimentary for retreat registrants, also available as a standalone experience. It can be seen as part of the longer retreat format, or simply as an opportunity to familiarize yourself with Dorothy, her teaching style, and the topic before deciding whether to join the weekend retreat.

Dorothy will preview what you might expect from the upcoming two-day retreat. There will be a guided meditation and an overview of the topic: Clarity, Conditioning and Transformation.

Everyone deals with conditioning, but when we stop judging that it should not be here and become curious about its energies rather than our well-worn, (and often intellectually analyzed) narrative based on a separate “self,” there is an opportunity to meet conditioning with clear seeing rather than resistance. This inherently open, aware, and compassionate clarity begins to transform our relationship to conditioning, whether or not it continues to arise.  Freedom does not require being rid of anything that exists in the wholeness of being, from this perspective.  And yet, seeing the myriad ways the conditioned mind returns us to an egoic trance state is part of the ongoing-ness of seeing through illusion. No judgment and a good bit of humor around this “human thing” can help tremendously!

The deep work of spiritual transformation begins when we have lost our fascination with both spiritual entertainment and polishing egos.  We become unhooked from the fantasy of a perfected “self” and become more interested in authenticity and integrity, realizing there is no separate someone to be “only Awareness.” Yet what is awake and aware is ever-present and never separate from the moment as it is.

Dorothy Hunt currently serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request and in the spiritual lineage of Adyashanti. The flavor of her teaching blends Advaita and Zen with a deep welcoming of the human expressions of the Mystery. Dorothy is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and practiced psychotherapy from 1967 until her retirement in 2020.  She is the author of Only This!, Leaves from Moon Mountain, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness. In addition, she is a contributing author to two books on Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, and the editor of Love: A Fruit Always in Season.

Presently, Dorothy offers satsang and retreats via Zoom, and dokusan by phone. For more information, please visit www.dorothyhunt.org

Suggested donation: $15 to $40
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within a week.
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Friday, September 8, 2023
9:00am-10:30am (Pacific Time)
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