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February 2017

Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference ~ Spirituality, Narcissism, and the Wound of Unworthiness

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ to February 26th
CIIS Main Building,
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Open Circle is happy to be a co-sponsor of the annual Nondaul Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference, featuring keynote speaker Adyashanti, and pre-conference workshops with Loch Kelly and Richard Miller. Join spiritual teachers, therapists, and practitioners in an exploration of the feeling of unworthiness so prevalent in today's culture. Look at the harmful ways we attempt to compensate for this feeling by trying to perform and present a sanitized "good self" to the world. See how this carries over into spiritual life in the form of a "spiritual ego", and how this negatively impacts both individuals and communities. Finally, discover how we can heal ourselves by uncovering a deeper sense of value—one that is inherent, unconditional, and always available to us at the core of our Being.
----- FEB 23 – 26

----- CIIS Main Building, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco,

----- Open Circle members use code NDW2017 for 10% off full conference registration. Register at CIIS.edu/NDW.

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Francis Lucille ~ Joy Without Cause

Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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10 am to 12 noon (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)

Francis, a long time friend and student of Jean Klein, is a spiritual teacher of the Advaita Vedanta tradition. His teaching is not "Neo Advaita" but traditional Advaita, which means that the experience of our true nature has been transmitted from generation to generation by a lineage of sages.

Francis' master, Jean Klein, met his guru in India in the early Fifties and stayed and studied with him for several years. He later studied the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism with Dibianandapuri and of Hatha Yoga with the famous teacher Krishnamacharya. Jean Klein was an Acharya, meaning a guru who, having realized the common ground of all spiritual teachings, can teach according to many traditions with equal ease. He loved the humor of the Zen patriarchs, the poetry of Rumi and of the Sufi tradition, and the sweetness of Meister Eckhart's Christian expression of the Absolute. His teachings reflected his love for art and music, addressing the needs of a demanding intellect while focusing to a large extent on the perceptual and sensorial aspect of our experience.

Francis' teachings reflect those of his guru: appreciation for humor, art, music, and poetry, intellectual rigor with a "personal" twist due to his training in Mathematics and Physics, emphasis on the body and its feelings. There are meditation and yoga sessions inspired by the Tantric and Hatha Yoga traditions in addition to the traditional Advaitic dialogues."

For more information on this speaker visit: www.advaitachannel.francislucille.com

Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Caverly Morgan ~ The Pathless Path

Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Caverly Morgan's teachings integrate the original spirit of Zen with a contemporary nondual approach. She will guide a meditation, lead discussion, and take questions.
She will end the evening by sharing about her work to make contemplative practices accessible to all in public high schools.

Caverly teaches with clarity, humor and heart. She uses skillful means to assist people from all walks of life to awaken.

Caverly has been dedicated to practice and teaching since 1995—including eight years at a silent Zen monastery. She lives in Portland, Oregon and offers workshops, retreats, private consultations, and online courses to adults.

Caverly is also the founder of Peace in Schools, a national leader in mindfulness education. She created the first for-credit mindfulness course in the United States, which is in six high schools and growing.

“On this pathless path
Your new ground is groundlessness
The learning of unlearning
The knowing of unknowing”
~ Caverly Morgan

www.caverlymorgan.org
www.peaceinschools.org

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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March 2017

Jeannie Zandi ~ Love Is the Way

Sunday, March 5, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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10 am to 12 noon (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)

Join Jeannie and friends for an exploration into the potent depth of what’s often overlooked in the moment: being. Jeannie’s gift for inviting people to join her in resting and rooted presence evokes a deep meeting with oneself and reality. Within that, Jeannie’s humor and iconoclasm serve to bring people into an understanding that is beyond the intellectual. Through silent and guided meditation, a spontaneous talk and exchange with participants, Jeannie will host a space of clarity and warmth where the true richness of life can be experienced, and your innermost spiritual questions can be met fully. Come join us!

Jeannie is the director of Living as Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeding a culture of the Heart on the planet, inspiring, teaching and supporting people to live from their essence as Love. A year before the birth of her daughter, Jeannie was plunged into a dark night of the soul that culminated in a radical shift of consciousness. She is known for her fearless clarity, tender mercy toward humanness, and a juicy, poetic and often humorous style that draws from Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Christian mysticism and the ongoing revelation of fully engaged living. Residing in Colorado, she travels widely in the US and Canada, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com
Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Mukti ~ Discover Your True Self

Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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What is the most essential you that is present regardless of thought or emotion? Who or what has been present for all of your life experience? How does this spirit of constancy touch your life? Mukti will offer a mediation and then speak on these compelling topics followed by the opportunity for questions and answers pointing directly to the true nature of Self.

Mukti, whose name is translated as "liberation," is a teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, her husband. Prior to 1996, when she began studying the nondual, Zen-flavored teachings of Adyashanti, Mukti studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda for over 20 years. In her own teachings, Mukti points audiences back to their natural state of wholeness or undivided consciousness. Licensed in acupuncture and certified to teach hatha yoga, Mukti has a love of the whole, in form as well as the formless.

info on Mukti's Teachings

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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Pamela Wilson ~ The Intelligence of the Heart

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Pamela Wilson evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She endears herself to her audiences with her playful and light-hearted humor, combined with compassion and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart, call forth our own inner sage, and create a space in which long-held struggles and notions about one’s identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please come and bring your questions!

"Pure balance supported by benevolent, unshakable strength is who we are. We are the medicine humanity needs, calm clarity with an all-seeing gaze. Join us as we un-contain the field of presence within, blessing all that is."

 

 

www.pamelasatsang.com

Suggested Donation $10-$20
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Andrea Colombu – The Eye of the Storm

Sunday, March 19, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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"Although our existence is undoubtedly marked by different forms of suffering, struggles, and challenges, finding inner peace and grounded awareness is not only possible, but it is also the reflection of our true nature."

In our time together, Andrea will invite us into a contemplative space where we can reveal and rediscover our true nature in order to cultivate and support its integration in our everyday life, especially during difficult and uncertain times.

Andrea Colombu is a psychotherapist, a meditation teacher, a nondual facilitator, and a mindfulness educator. In each of these roles, Andrea offers his heartfelt dedication to the awakening and rediscovery of our true nature with compassionate wisdom, authentic presence, clarity, and a sincere sense of service.

In his therapy work and Dharma offerings, Andrea brings contemporary nondual wisdom, psychological savvy, and over fifteen years of dedicated spiritual practice in different Buddhist traditions. He practices contemplative-based psychotherapy and holds regular meditation and awareness gatherings and retreats in the San Francisco East Bay Area.

andreacolombu.com

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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Clare Blanchflower – The Simplicity of Being

Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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In the simplicity of Being, the illusion of separation is seen through. When we stop the search for awakening, for perfection, for meaning, for confirmation of our concepts about freedom and simply Be, we land right here Now in present moment awareness. When we rest as presence all that is false falls away revealing simple Being.

"Your true nature is open awareness. What is looking for higher states, awakening, enlightenment? Living awake is to naturally live in the pure, high vibration of open presence. There is nothing higher than simple Being. To rest as the open, unconditional presence of pure Love. All ideas of higher states created by the mind embellishing teachings and experiences are the very obstacle to living awake. Living as openness, as presence, here we are right in the heart of life, living as life itself. You are That which thoughts and feelings cannot touch. The notion of the doer has only one job, to bring the idea of a separate self right here to this moment. Be here now. The doing is done. Receive the wholeness of this moment and know your Self. There are no accolades, no fanfares, just Being. The simple grace of Being."

The satsang meeting will begin with silence, opening into spontaneous talk and an opportunity for questions and inquiry.

Clare’s expression of living truth is shared directly from silent Being. She sparks awakening to true nature through clear descriptions of the landscape of awake awareness, embodied presence and direct pointing while embracing the tender human nature with unerring kindness and patience.

She speaks with clarity, warmth and honesty about the profound unfolding of awakening and it’s subtle and refined perceptions and supports the living embodiment of Self-realization as it blossoms into the wholeness of Being at the heart of Life.

A devoted and enlivening teacher of non-dual wisdom, she writes poetry and shares the joyful truth of Being in Satsang meetings, Body of Awareness meditations, private sessions and retreats.
She lives on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada where she guides a sangha who share a profound love of Truth.

www.clareblanchflower.com

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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April 2017

Clare Blanchflower – The Simplicity of Being

Sunday, April 2, 2017 @ 2:00pm~5:00pm
Sebastopol,
8476 Sonoma Ave.
Sebastopol, CA (park on street),
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2-4 pm, with refreshments until 5 pm

In the simplicity of Being, the illusion of separation is seen through. When we stop the search for awakening, for perfection, for meaning, for confirmation of our concepts about freedom and simply Be, we land right here Now in present moment awareness. When we rest as presence all that is false falls away revealing simple Being.

"Your true nature is open awareness. What is looking for higher states, awakening, enlightenment? Living awake is to naturally live in the pure, high vibration of open presence. There is nothing higher than simple Being. To rest as the open, unconditional presence of pure Love. All ideas of higher states created by the mind embellishing teachings and experiences are the very obstacle to living awake. Living as openness, as presence, here we are right in the heart of life, living as life itself. You are That which thoughts and feelings cannot touch. The notion of the doer has only one job, to bring the idea of a separate self right here to this moment. Be here now. The doing is done. Receive the wholeness of this moment and know your Self. There are no accolades, no fanfares, just Being. The simple grace of Being."

The satsang meeting will begin with silence, opening into spontaneous talk and an opportunity for questions and inquiry.

Clare’s expression of living truth is shared directly from silent Being. She sparks awakening to true nature through clear descriptions of the landscape of awake awareness, embodied presence and direct pointing while embracing the tender human nature with unerring kindness and patience.

She speaks with clarity, warmth and honesty about the profound unfolding of awakening and it’s subtle and refined perceptions and supports the living embodiment of Self-realization as it blossoms into the wholeness of Being at the heart of Life.

A devoted and enlivening teacher of non-dual wisdom, she writes poetry and shares the joyful truth of Being in Satsang meetings, Body of Awareness meditations, private sessions and retreats.
She lives on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada where she guides a sangha who share a profound love of Truth.

www.clareblanchflower.com

Suggested donation: $10 to $20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Park on Sonoma Ave, walk down short driveway to to house with carport.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early for the best seat.

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Amitabhan ~ Innate perfection

Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Ami’s sat-songs have been featured at events and retreats with non-dual teachers including Adyashanti, Gangaji, Jeannie Zandi, Dorothy Hunt , Mukti, and Pamela Wilson. Meeting his first teacher in the early 1990’s before a trip to India, he continues be nourished by the causeless peace living under all thought and feeling.

As a performing songwriter, Ami was particularly inspired by artists who combined satsang lyrics with folk ballads. He has released 3 CD’s of original music, and has performed at 100’s of events around the country and into Canada. Ami has toured with Kirtana, performed with Jennifer Berezan, and his songs have been featured on Adyashanti’s “Café Dharma”.

Through silence, guided meditation, dialog and a few songs, participants are invited to surrender all projections and rest in the completeness that is our true nature.

Truth can never be spoken. It can never be sung. It is beyond ideas. But it can be experienced. It is the real you – present in every moment. Taste it. Drink from the fountain of what you really are. Direct experience melts ideas, patterns and projections. Direct experience, is a living revelation.
~ Amitabhan

www.amitabhan.com

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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