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July 2019

Gail Brenner ~ Suffering is Optional

Sunday, July 21, 2019 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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You’ve had a taste of your true nature as nondual awareness, yet you still find yourself recycling conditioned thought patterns, and getting stuck in the emotions that underlie them. You get triggered and feel scared, sad, angry, or resentful. You’re sometimes overcome by behaviors that seem beyond your control.

This evening will be a safe and supportive intimate group gathering where we untangle the ways we feel separate and discover over and over the infinite peace of our true nature. Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is an eternal student of happiness who blends her experience as a psychologist with a loving presence that invites people into harmony with all of life. She is gifted at meeting our humanness with nondual understanding in ways that are practical and loving. Gail has worked with clients and groups for over 20 years, bringing laser-like clarity to the confusion of common problems, such as reactive emotions, compulsive behaviors, feelings of personal inadequacy, and relationship struggles. She is the author of three books, including The End of Self-Help and her latest, Suffering is Optional.

 “When you know you are aware presence—the simplicity of being aware, rather than the complexity and confusion of what you're aware of—problems lose their impact. You're happy and at peace, taking nothing personally. Here, nothing needs to be changed or improved. Without doing anything, you are alert, awake, completely at peace, and problem-free.”

“The invitation is to turn in toward yourself, to remember who you are, to reveal what has always been true, which is that you are not a limited, separate self. You are awareness—undivided, excluding nothing, the source of life that animates everything. This is what you discover when the fascination with conditioned habits wanes, and you consciously know reality as it already is. This shift isn't about improving yourself or fixing what you think is broken about you. Instead, you realize that there's no entity that is you who needs to be improved and that you have never not been whole and fully alive.”

“Here's some very good news: freedom from unhappiness is possible, and nothing needs to change. You don't need to change your thoughts, process your feelings, learn to relax, or become a better person. The invitation is simply to see things clearly. See clearly through to the essence of what makes you unhappy, and you'll realize that, at the core of your being, there's no conflict, resistance, or separation. You now know peace deeper than you could ever imagine. Shine a laser on every experience that makes you suffer, and you'll always find your true nature, pure being that just is."
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Please arrive at least a few minutes early
Suggested Donation: $15-$25 per person

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September 2019

Isaac Shapiro ~ Meetings in Truth

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ begins a series of evenings Sept. 11th, 12th & 15th to 20th AND Daylongs Sept. 21st & 22nd
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Join us for this special series of evening meetings and daylong gatherings with Isaac Shapiro in Berkeley.
Date & Time info is detailed below.

Isaac helps us inquire into how we live our lives moment by moment, and how to better align ourselves with the deepest spiritual truths. He works through direct but good-humored questioning, reflecting back to us, and helping to unravel, the conditioning of the mind and the nervous system, allowing a deeper participation in the moment.

Isaac is an internationally known facilitator and non-dual teacher, fascinated with life lived in alignment with the world's wisdom traditions. He enjoys exploring and assisting those who share this interest. A student of H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji), Isaac draws on a broad spectrum of understanding, from neurophysiology to some of the latest discoveries in quantum physics, which he applies in a light-hearted but direct way.

His approach is to ask questions and make statements, and he asks participants in his meetings to question and see if what he says is true in their own being. This approach points to what is already known, but obscured in the ways our nervous system and our thinking function. Through years of working with people, Isaac has cultivated and refined an ability to track what is happening in the nervous system of participants. Bringing this awareness to people’s attention, allows our natural, innate self-regulating mechanism to be re-established.

The beauty of this invitation is that nothing needs to be changed, fixed, or eliminated. It is a non-dualistic, non-judgmental enquiry into our present being. Everything happens through the agency of awareness. As we bring awareness to our unconscious habits, there is a shift that occurs. In the course of investigation, people spontaneously recognize the true nature of themselves, which many report as the experience of peace, unconditional love, compassion, or simply of being home.

"All we have is the sensory experience of this moment, NOW. This moment is only an experience to us. That’s all we have. The world, time, space, our own bodies and each other are all an experience to us. Through noticing how our cells respond in the experience of now, there is a noticing of the production of not only the sense of reality but also the sense of self that we believe we have."

www.isaacshapiro.org

Evening Meetings
Wed. & Thur. Sept 11th & 12th
and Sun.- Fri. Sept 15th to 20th
in Berkeley

7:00 - 8:45 pm
Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley

Suggested Donation for evenings: $15-$25
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Daylong Intensives
Sat. and Sun., Sept 21st & 22nd
, in Berkeley

11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley
No pre-registration required

Sliding Scale: $50 to $100

Lunch Break:
Welcome to bring your lunch, and there are also various places near the Berkeley venue, to go out to eat.
Note: Per venue policy, only vegetarian food is allowed on premises at Chochmat HaLev

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October 2019

Shakti Caterina Maggi ~ Love in Non-Duality ~ The Way of Perception

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 7pm and Sunday Oct 20, 11am-5pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Shakti is a teacher very well known in Europe, who offers a contemporary and accessible vision of true awakening that is profoundly in tune with Advaita and nondual Tantric traditions. With wisdom, humor, and heartfelt connection, she shares a message of discovering the divinity at the very core of our humanity. Shakti has been sharing this message of non-separation since 2003 with many people around the world, especially in Italy and in Europe, where she holds regular satsangs and retreats.

Awakening to your true nature means to wake up to your true essence that lies behind any conflict of daily living. Thoughts and feelings are not an obstacle to this recognition, but the direct expression of how we know or ignore ourselves. Once we find that silence that rests behind manifestation, the ego will come back, out of habit. If we can recognize its presence, not as a disturbance but as an opportunity to integrate the message, our everyday life becomes our true spiritual journey. The Peace of our Being becomes the world we see and live in.

~ The Way of Perception ~ Day-long intensive on Sunday Oct. 20th ─ will include mediation, satsang and special perception exercises  designed to help us see and dissolve our conflictual view of life, and the patterns of holding  and resistance that reinforce the sense of separation. This then enables us to live and embody a message of true peace and non-separation between human beings. Shakti is a teacher very well known in Europe and her native Italy, who offers a contemporary and accessible vision of true awakening that is profoundly in tune with Advaita and nondual Tantric traditions. With wisdom, humor, and heartfelt connection, she shares a message of discovering the divinity at the very core of our humanity. Shakti has been sharing this message of non-separation since 2003 with many people around the world, especially in Italy and in Europe, where she holds regular satsangs and retreats.

"Peace is not a destination, but a starting point. Find that Peace that rests behind anything and anybody and bring it into your world. Every human being looks for Peace in their inner or outer reality. In this call for clarity, what we are looking for is what our true nature actually is".

We are used to imagining that the dissolving of inner and outer conflicts comes as the result of some action, whereas it is only when we move from Peace that those actions will bring the end of any conflict. Moving and living from Peace is recognizing what we are, and integrating it in our everyday life."

Thur. Oct. 17th Evening in Berkeley ~ Love in Non-Duality
Time: 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Place: Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA
Suggested donation: $15 - $25
No one turned away for lack of funds

Sun. Oct. 20th Daylong in Berkeley ~ The Way of Perception
Time: 11:00am - 5:00 pm
Place: Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA
Sliding scale: $60 - $120
No Registration. Pay at door.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Lunch Break:
Welcome to bring your lunch, and there are also various places near the Berkeley venue, to go out to eat.
Note: Per venue policy, only vegetarian food is allowed on premises at Chochmat HaLev

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Gangaji ~ Discovering What is Absolutely Trustworthy

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 7:00pm-8:30pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Gangaji needs little introduction to Bay Area audiences, as she was one of the first, and the best known, of the satsang teachers to return from India in the early 1990s after a life-changing encounter with her teacher Papaji (H.W.L. Poonja). In this meeting, Gangaji’s personal story of suffering ended, and the promise of a true life began to flower and unfold. Since then she has gone on to become an internationally known teacher and author, who travels the world speaking to seekers from all walks of life. She shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji, and offers it to all who want to discover true and lasting fulfillment, and the recognition of the peace and freedom inherent in the core of all beings.

Gangaji’s books include The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance, Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story and Freedom & Resolve: Finding Your True Home in the Universe.

In her meetings she offers support in discovering how the mind can end its outward flow, through the force of recognition of the truth of being, and fall back into its source. When your allegiance shifts from the activities of the mind to the nameless presence that is alive at the core of our being, then the effortless intelligence of our true nature is set free, and true fulfillment is natural and effortless. In this particular meeting, Gangaji will focus on the question: "In the shifting and often challenging circumstances of our lives, how do we best stay anchored in the truth of our being?"

"Where is your attention in this very moment? If you’re attending to the thoughts in your mind, come home to yourself. What a blessing that your life can be the living vigil to that which is the ground of your life!"

The meeting will begin with a period of silence, followed by a brief talk by Gangaji and then invitations for dialogue between Gangaji and participants.

Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before the meeting begins to allow time to get settled. The meeting will last for about an hour and a half

www.gangaji.org

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Fee at door: $20 - No Registration
No one turned away for lack of funds

PARKING: There is some limited street parking in the neighborhood, free and without time limit on weekday evenings. 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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Rupert Spira ~ The Essence of Non-Duality

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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“Meditation is what we are, not what we do; the separate self is what we do, not what we are.”

In the last few years Rupert Spira has become one of the most respected and sought-after teachers of non-dual wisdom, known for his crystal clear use of language, laser-like intellect, skillful guided enquiries, and powerfully direct pointing to aware presence—all delivered with warmth, wit and an unmatched and distinctive eloquence.

In his meetings, Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen etc., and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own experience. This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving silent meditation, guided meditation and conversation, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience, and in the longing for love, peace and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

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.

www.non-duality.rupertspira.com

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 weekday evenings. 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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