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July 2018

Book-Launch with Lynn Marie Lumiere ~ Awakened Relating

Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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We are excited to host nondual psychotherapist and author, Lynn Marie Lumiere, and the launch of her new book: Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships. 

Awakened Relating offers practical guidance for improving relationships and embodying our nondual nature in relationship. With examples, guidelines and experiential inquiries for realizing your true nature, this book will dispel mistaken, beliefs about intimacy and help you cultivate a loving relationship with yourself and others. This book will show you how to identify, transform, and resolve the relational wounding that prevents you from having the harmonious, loving relationships you seek. Now is the time to realize the deep and ever-present love that already exists within and all around you.

"Lynn Marie leads us into our True Self, where love is already and always fully ready to be shared. I found her insights profound and immensely comforting." —David Richo, author of How to be an Adult in Relationships

"Lynn Marie Lumiere brings together a clear understanding of initial awakening, psychotherapy, and intimate relationships in this cutting edge book. —Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom

“Full of wisdom as well as practical guidance about how to bring spiritual illumination into the very heart of our humanness.” —John Welwood, author of Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships and Journey of the Heart

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist and author with a focus on transforming issues at their source through dissolving the belief in separation that creates and sustains them. She is dedicated to awakening consciousness and meeting life’s challenges as doorways to greater freedom. Lynn Marie is a contributing author to The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychothearpy (2003 and co-author of The Awakening West: Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment (2000). Her primary spiritual teacher is Adyashanti and she has studied with many other teachers from nondual, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. She lives in Grass Valley, California.

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Amoda Maa ~ Relationship As A Doorway To Awakening (SOLD OUT- waitlist available)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 10:00am-4:00 pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

This event is currently SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on a waitlist, please email us at web@opencirclenter.org.

In order to facilitate a more intimate container in which the group can really go deep, this special daylong with Amoda Maa requires pre-registration and has a limited number of attendee spaces. So, be sure to sign-up early!

As awakening descends from the sanctuary of enlightened mind to the fullness of the heart, a deeper surrender is called for. It’s in the places where it hurts - such as relationship, pain and loss - that awakening demands a deeper opening and willingness to be vulnerable. Whether we’re talking about our relationship to an intimate partner, a family member, a passing stranger, the world or even to our own feelings - the invitation is to put down our weapons of war and meet everyone and everything as the open hand of love. In this way, relationship becomes a potent doorway to awakening as a lived expression.

In this Daylong Meeting, Amoda invites you to consider questions such as …

How do we deal with triggers in relationship?

Are you willing to face the fear of aloneness?

Are you willing to expose the myth of the special relationship?

How do we stop making an enemy out of those who don’t agree with us or give us the love we want?

What is the true purpose of relationship?

Amoda will be joined by her husband and beloved, Kavi, who will offer improvised music of the heart as well as his wisdom and love. Together, they will also offer insights from their own relationship.

What really matters is your willingness to turn towards tenderness in the midst of that which offends you, to stand as openness in the face of brokenness, and to bear the unbearable.

This is the path of surrender .. and the only way I know to enter the slip-stream of unspeakable grace inside this human experience.”

- Amoda Maa

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 ques-tions 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.


Kavi is a “holistic inquiry” coach, poet, and musician. His awakening has unfolded over the 16 years of his relationship with Amoda, and he often supports her teaching with his irreverent and yet deeply compassionate wisdom.

To learn more, visit www.amodamaa.com


This event is currently SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on a waitlist, please email us at web@opencirclenter.org.

EARLY BIRD through 7/16: $65 

Regular rate: $85

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August 2018

Mukti ~ Discover Your True Self

Sunday, August 5, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 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: $15-$25
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Zeida Rothman ~ Introduction To Non-Dual Support Groups

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

Zeida Rothman was a direct student of Nisargadatta Maharaj in India and Venerable U Pandita Sayadaw from the Mahsai Monastery in Burma where she ordained as a Buddhist Nun. In 2000, she was asked to share the Dharma by spiritual teacher Adyashanti. She has devoted her life to this True Nature that we are.

Following in her lineage, Zeida provides close one -on -one guidance in small on-going group settings, that are rooted in the experiential. A deeper awareness of life is tasted through Self- Realization by practicing various meditation practices, investigating through inquiry and caring group support.


Through Open Circle, Zeida will be presenting an introductory evening to these Non-Dual support groups. In this presentation we will all have a chance to participate, inquire together, and begin to explore the nature of Liberation through daily life.

Date & Location: Wednesday Aug.29th
Page St.(off Gilman) Berkeley.
Time: 6-8 pm
Group size is limited. Please register early.
Sugested Donation: $10 - $20

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October 2018

Rupert Spira ~ The Light of Pure Knowing

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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In the last few years Rupert has become one of the most respected and sought-after teachers of nondual wisdom, known for his crystal clear use of language, laser-like intellect, skillful guided inquiries, and powerfully direct pointing to aware presence—all delivered with warmth, wit and an unmatched and distinctive eloquence. After thirty years of intense seeking, Rupert met his primary teacher Francis Lucille, who introduced him to the direct way taught by his own teacher, Jean Klein. Rupert lives in Oxford, England with his wife Ellen Emmet, a therapist and yoga teacher in the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. He is the author of several books, including his latest two, The Nature of Consciousness and Being Aware of Being Aware, and two book/CD box-sets, Transparent Body, Luminous World and The Light of Pure Knowing.

“This experience of being aware has never left us. We have never ceased to be this ‘I am aware’. Just give your attention to that. Instead of shining your attention on an object — a thought, feeling, sensation or perception — shine that Awareness on the experience of being aware, in other words, on itself. Allow your attention to come back to itself, just to rest in itself. That experience is peace itself.”

Suggested Donation: $15-$25

No registration required. Just show up & join us. Make your donation at the door.

PARKING: There is some limited street parking in the neighborhood, free and without time limit. There is also parking a few blocks away at the east parking lot of the Ashby Bart station: www.bart.gov/stations/ashb/map


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