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Stephan Bodian ~ Finding Deeper Ground in Challenging Times: A 4-Week Online Course

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

April 7, 14, 21, 28 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am (Pacific Time – San Francisco, CA, USA)
The event is recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours after each meeting.
You are welcome to join even if you are not able to attend all the live sessions.
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The bad news is, you’re falling through space without a parachute.
The good news is, there is no ground.
—Chogyam Trungpa

For the true bodhisattva, being in Hell is like taking a walk through a beautiful park.
—Zen saying

Abide in the heart, not knowing.
—Jean Klein

Global pandemic. Climate emergency. Financial meltdown. Wherever we turn these days, we’re faced with circumstances that seem to threaten our very survival, couched in terms designed to strike fear into our hearts. How do we find peace in the midst of what seems like impending catastrophe? How do we ride the waves of change to carry us deeper and deeper into the mystery of who we are?

At the ultimate level we can take refuge from the mind’s preoccupation with past and future in the silence and simplicity of the eternal now. As we drop out of the spinning mind, past the layers of fear and self-protection, we encounter the peace and equanimity of our essential nature, which is not disturbed by the inevitable ups and downs, gains and losses, blessings and catastrophes of life.

But when strong emotions like fear, despair, anger, or helplessness sneak up on us and grip our bodies in their unrelenting embrace, we may quickly lose touch with presence and cast about for ways to regain the peace and balance we’ve apparently lost. What options are open to us then? Where can we find a deeper ground?

In this four-week course, we’ll take the unprecedented events that are currently unfolding as our guru and support one another in welcoming our inner experience just as it is, without struggle or identification, while we let go of old certainties and fall into the groundless ground. Each class will include silent and guided meditation, self-inquiry, direct pointers to timeless truth, and ample time to explore our own evolving experience.

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk, a licensed psychotherapist, and a longtime student of Advaita master Jean Klein, Stephan received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. Since 2007 he has taught the annual months-long School for Awakening, which will begin again, in online form, in January 2020. His books include Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness.


Suggested donation: $60 to $100
No one turned away for lack of funds.



Tuesday, April 7
9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)
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Open Circle Center – Online Events