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May 2018

Amoda Maa ~ Fully Awake and Fully Human

Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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“There’s a new conversation happening. There’s a growing collective desire to evolve beyond ego. Because ego’s power no longer works in our lives and in our world. More and more people today yearn to awaken. But this isn’t the pursuit of enlightenment as a transcendent state, it’s not spirituality as a hobby or a luxury or an accolade. It’s a new frequency of awakening that embraces the grit and dirt of the human experience. It’s about bringing spirituality right into the places where it hurts, where the rubber hits the road. Such as relationships, and work, and pain and loss.”

Amoda’s invitation is for you to discover the openness of your true nature, to be fully awake. And then to live from this openness in every interaction of your everyday life….to be fully human. Her teachings take you deep into this discovery, offering you an intimate conversation that includes the totality of the human experience within the unbounded space of unconditioned awareness.

"My invitation is to say a radical YES to the totality of this moment ... this is the heart of You meeting the heart of reality!”

Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher, author, and speaker. After years of spiritual seeking, meditation, and immersion in psycho-spiritual practices, an experience of the dark night of the soul led her to a profound inner awakening. Then, after a long period of integration, she began speaking from silence in small gatherings in the United Kingdom. She offers meetings and retreats, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events, attracting spiritual seekers and people looking for peace and fulfillment in an increasingly chaotic world. Her teachings are free of religion and tradition, and she brings to them a deep understanding of the human journey, born out of her own experience.

She is the author of Radical Awakening (originally released as How to Find God in Everything) and Change Your Life, Change Your World. Both books were written shortly after her awakening and before she began to speak in public.

Her new book Embodied Enlightenment — written 15 years after her awakening — is based on the many conversations at the cutting edge of spiritual inquiry in her meetings with people from all around the world, and addresses many of the questions relevant to today’s seeker. It has been acclaimed as “a beautiful and precious gift to an emerging new humanity.”

Amoda lives with her husband and beloved, Kavi, in California.

www.amodamaa.com

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Florian Schlosser ~ Consciousness Embodied

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 7:00-8:45pmpm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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After a several-year hiatus, European teacher Florian Schlosser returns to the Bay Area to offer his lively and life-affirming non-dual teachings and presence. In the year 2000, after many years of spiritual exploration, Florian awoke to the timeless recognition that consciousness is the only reality, and that “inside” and “outside” are not two worlds existing separately from each other. During the following 12 years, there was a profound integration of that shift in consciousness into the body, accompanied by an ongoing transformation of the entire cellular and nervous system. Like his primary teacher, Isaac Shapiro, Florian invites people not just to recognize ourselves as consciousness, beyond our personal drama and limiting beliefs, but to embrace all aspects of human life and relationships as an embodiment of consciousness.

“After 18 years of sharing ‘Truth’ in meetings and retreats around the world I can say today: no one has ever been seeking for truth. From the beginning of time it has been our deepest cellular trauma which tried everything to come to peace and overcome itself. All this is a completely autonomous process of the nervous system that is happening independently of ‘us’, our will power, good intentions or psychological and spiritual understanding.

“It comes to peace and rest when it is completely met, felt, received and gently supported. For this the nervous system needs to receive new information from another, truly empathetic and living nervous system in order to learn a new and healthy reality, felt on the level of the cells. This is neither a spiritual nor psychological process. Now I can authentically share: it is a cellular transformation.”

Florian will be facilitating a retreat in Virginia at the end of May. Information can be found at his website.

www.florianschlosser.com/schedule

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Florian Schlosser ~ Consciousness Embodied

Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 2:00-5:00 pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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After a several-year hiatus, European teacher Florian Schlosser returns to the Bay Area to offer his lively and life-affirming non-dual teachings and presence. In the year 2000, after many years of spiritual exploration, Florian awoke to the timeless recognition that consciousness is the only reality, and that “inside” and “outside” are not two worlds existing separately from each other. During the following 12 years, there was a profound integration of that shift in consciousness into the body, accompanied by an ongoing transformation of the entire cellular and nervous system. Like his primary teacher, Isaac Shapiro, Florian invites people not just to recognize ourselves as consciousness, beyond our personal drama and limiting beliefs, but to embrace all aspects of human life and relationships as an embodiment of consciousness.

“After 18 years of sharing ‘Truth’ in meetings and retreats around the world I can say today: no one has ever been seeking for truth. From the beginning of time it has been our deepest cellular trauma which tried everything to come to peace and overcome itself. All this is a completely autonomous process of the nervous system that is happening independently of ‘us’, our will power, good intentions or psychological and spiritual understanding.

“It comes to peace and rest when it is completely met, felt, received and gently supported. For this the nervous system needs to receive new information from another, truly empathetic and living nervous system in order to learn a new and healthy reality, felt on the level of the cells. This is neither a spiritual nor psychological process. Now I can authentically share: it is a cellular transformation.”

Florian will be facilitating a retreat in Virginia at the end of May. Information can be found at his website.

www.florianschlosser.com/schedule

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Will Pye ~ Radical Gratitude

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 7:00-8:45pmpm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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By any measure, Will Pye has led a dramatic and extraordinary life. Growing up in a small village in England, wondering about the existence of God, he became a teenage rebel and college dropout, travelled the world, enjoyed enormous success as a professional fundraiser in Australia, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor—all by age 31. All the while, he was driven by a fierce desire to discover the truth, forcing him to face his own demons, and embark on a global spiritual quest that culminated in awakening to unitive consciousness. Today he divides his time between Australia and England, inspiring audiences as a self-professed “spiritual entertainer”, transformational coach, and social entrepreneur, and spreading his message of love and radical gratitude. Will is the author of the critically acclaimed book Blessed with a Brain Tumor.

“Ultimately our planetary circumstance is a consequence of a fundamental error; we believe our experience of a separate and substantial self to be intrinsically real and what we are. We deny the unitive, interconnected nature of being human. We identify with thought and noise, ignoring the vast presence we more truly are. It is only within this confusion we have created, where another human or nature is perceived as being apart from me, that we could possibly destroy. Realizing our inherent unity with all life naturally we love all life and act accordingly.”

www.willpye.com

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June 2018

Roger Castillo ~ Uncovering Peace of Mind in Daily Living

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ evening AND 23rd-24th, Saturday & Sunday daylongs
Multiple Venues, Details in description: Berkeley, San Rafael, Santa Cruz

Co-sponsored by Open Circle Center and The Open Way

A non-residential weekend satsang intensive
Fri, Sat, Sun, June 22nd, 23rd & 24th - San Rafael & Berkeley, CA

You can attend evening only or full weekend intensive (options below)
There will also be an event Thursday Evening June 21st in Santa Cruz, CA

Roger Castillo is a nondual teacher who is visiting California from his home base in the secluded hills outside of Perth, western Australia. Following in the footsteps of his primary teacher Ramesh Balsekar (who was a direct disciple of Nisargadatta Maharaj), Roger emphasizes that everything is just “happening” and is not' “my doing”, and that everything is unfolding exactly as it is meant to, according to the divine plan. This insight points to the radical nature of the impersonal I Am, and the underlying oneness of life, and flowers into an experiential way of being that infuses our daily life with an unbroken sense of peace of mind, love and contentment. Roger holds satsang around the world, speaking from his own direct experience, and inviting others into the direct knowing that leads to peace of mind in day-to-day living.

"This is a journey beyond the words. Rest in the heart, in the ground of your being. There you are, at peace. The words are all pointing to this."

Freedom for the human is liberation from beliefs. Often in life, because beliefs are not seen for what they are, we just exchange one set of beliefs for another, thinking that freedom will be found in our new beliefs. Beliefs cease to exist completely when it becomes fundamentally seen and known that there is only one Truth in life, the impersonal sense of I AM, which is ever present and unchanging. That which changes isn’t Truth; that which changes is not real. What we are is real.

www.rogercastillo.org
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The Weekend Intensive includes Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
There is an additional event on Thursday evening.

There are several participation options:

Thursday Evening + Full Weekend Intensive - Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun - $155
Full Weekend Intensive - Fri, Sat & Sun - $140
Thursday Night Satsang only - sug. donation $10-$25
Friday Night Satsang only - sug. donation $10 -$25

Thursday June 21st, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Pacific Cultural Center, Performance Room, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

WEEKEND INTENSIVE
Friday June 22nd, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Open Secret Bookstore, Temple Room, 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901

Saturday June 23rd, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday June 24th, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Location: Chocmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley, California 94705

You do not need to pay in advance. Pay at the door.
Please register if you wish to attend the event, it helps organiser to know the numbers and more importantly it allows us to email participants if any changes occur, otherwise you may find yourself uninformed and surprised on the day if changes have occurred. You will receive a confirmation email with some additional details once you register.

To reserve your seat for any of these events Click here to REGISTER

For questions contact Cory
eeetznab@aol.com

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July 2018

Dorothy Hunt ~ Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness

Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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There is a jewel shining from the Infinite in each one of us. It is what gives rise to our impulse to know what lies beyond our limited ideas of who we are. Yet, because we feel a deep longing for Truth, Love, or the Divine, we imagine longing means lack. But we only long for something we have known. Rather than following our longing back to its Source, egoic consciousness often takes ownership of the impulse to awaken and assumes it will be the agent of deliverance to what then becomes its own personal goal. However, awakening is not a feather in the cap of the spiritual ego. The desire to claim it for a “me” is the ego’s spiritual ambition which hinders our recognition of the true Heart we share. Please join us as Dorothy speaks about the spiritual journey that takes us from spiritual ambition to the Heart of Awareness.

Dorothy Hunt serves as spiritual director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the invitation of Adyashanti. She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy, author of Leaves from Moon Mountain and Only This!, as well as articles on nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. Dorothy has a long and deep connection with the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, the path of Self-Inquiry, and the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita, and the Christian mystics. She points with warmth, compassion and insight to the mystery that is already awake and free within us, inseparable from any moment that arises. Dorothy currently offers meditation, satsang, intensives and residential retreats in the Bay area, and elsewhere by invitation. She is also available for individual dokusan sessions (private meetings with a spiritual teacher).

www.dorothyhunt.org

Suggested Donation: $15-$25

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Adam Chacksfield ~ Falling Open Together

Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 7:00-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

Described by Pamela Wilson as “a great messenger of truth a unique transmission that does wonderful things for my spirit,” Adam invites us to share the direct experience of the heart, mind, and life falling open. In this effortless opening, the suffering involved in resisting feelings and believing our thoughts spontaneously releases. This allows our natural abundance of joy, peace, wisdom and love to become apparent and available. Heart-centered but direct, Adam offers a path straight into the truth of who you are. Adam Chacksfield is the founder of the Center for Nondual Awareness and creator of Falling Open, a four-month online course transforming how participants experience their lives.

“We are invited to receive the ultimate gift, for which there is no substitute , worth infinitely more than all our dreams and fantasies. We accept this gift by simply falling open. When the heart and mind fall open, we find ourselves intimately present and completely available to what is here. Our struggle with reality dissolves into harmony.”

www.adamchacksfield.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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