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October 2021

Stephan Bodian ~ Realize Your Inherent Wakefulness ~ 2-Part Online Course

Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 2 Part Course Oct 9 & 16

Oct. 9 & 16
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

"Just remain as you are, without question or doubt. That is your natural state." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Once we have an initial recognition that our thoughts and feelings do not in fact constitute who we really are, the next step is to realize our “natural state” of inherent wakefulness, which is never lost or gained and never sullied or disturbed by the thoughts and feelings that arise. This direct recognition, beyond the mind, of our essential spiritual nature is the breakthrough awakening to which the nondual spiritual traditions point.

Yet many seekers read the books and watch the videos but never come to this clear recognition, which is traditionally transmitted, and then confirmed, by direct pointing in the presence of a teacher. This two-day workshop/retreat, on successive Saturdays, will offer meditations and pointing-out instructions to introduce you directly to your natural state—what Tibetans call the “nature of mind” and Zen calls your original face before your parents were born. Once you know who you are without question or doubt, you have experienced a major shift in identity and can’t completely revert to your old, dysfunctional way of being again.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen, Dzogchen, and Advaita and the founder and director of the annual School for Awakening, an intensive six-month program of exploration and study. Trained as a Buddhist monk for a decade, he studied Advaita for many years with Jean Klein and received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. His books include Wake Up Now; Beyond Mindfulness; Meditation for Dummies; and Buddhism for Dummies (with Jon Landaw).

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $50 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Stephan Bodian ~ Realize Your Inherent Wakefulness ~ 2-Part Online Course

Saturday, October 16, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 2 Part Course Oct 9 & 16

Oct. 9 & 16
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

"Just remain as you are, without question or doubt. That is your natural state." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Once we have an initial recognition that our thoughts and feelings do not in fact constitute who we really are, the next step is to realize our “natural state” of inherent wakefulness, which is never lost or gained and never sullied or disturbed by the thoughts and feelings that arise. This direct recognition, beyond the mind, of our essential spiritual nature is the breakthrough awakening to which the nondual spiritual traditions point.

Yet many seekers read the books and watch the videos but never come to this clear recognition, which is traditionally transmitted, and then confirmed, by direct pointing in the presence of a teacher. This two-day workshop/retreat, on successive Saturdays, will offer meditations and pointing-out instructions to introduce you directly to your natural state—what Tibetans call the “nature of mind” and Zen calls your original face before your parents were born. Once you know who you are without question or doubt, you have experienced a major shift in identity and can’t completely revert to your old, dysfunctional way of being again.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen, Dzogchen, and Advaita and the founder and director of the annual School for Awakening, an intensive six-month program of exploration and study. Trained as a Buddhist monk for a decade, he studied Advaita for many years with Jean Klein and received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. His books include Wake Up Now; Beyond Mindfulness; Meditation for Dummies; and Buddhism for Dummies (with Jon Landaw).

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $50 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course *

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), * Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Friday, repeating until Friday, November 5, 2021

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course *

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), * Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Friday, repeating until Friday, November 5, 2021

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course *

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), * Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Friday, repeating until Friday, November 5, 2021

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

November 2021

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course *

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), * Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Friday, repeating until Friday, November 5, 2021

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course *

Friday, November 5, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), * Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Friday, repeating until Friday, November 5, 2021

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

December 2021

Stephan Bodian ~ Awaken to the Sacred in Everyday Life ~ 2-Part Online Course

Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 2 Part Course Dec 4 & 11

Dec. 4 & 11
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

"That which you are seeking is always seeking you." ~ Anonymous

"I’m in love with the mystery—and I don’t know what it is."
~ HWL Poonja

The desire to relieve our personal suffering is often the driving force behind our seeking. But once we begin to discover our natural state of pure wakefulness, we may realize that we have been called to awaken by a deep longing of reality to awaken to itself through us. The limitless heart that originates the search is the very reality that we aspire to discover. What began as our individual journey of spiritual awakening turns into a love affair with Being itself.

The Beloved is calling to us in every moment of existence—in the sounds of the birds or the silence of the forest, but also in the noise of traffic and the angry words of a friend. Only our limited beliefs and expectations prevent us from perceiving it. In the Buddhist tradition this sacred dimension is sometimes called bodhicitta, at once the essential nature of existence and the deep love of Being for its expressions in form.

In this two-part retreat, on successive Saturdays, we will explore meditations and contemplations that peel back the veils and open us to connect with the sacred dimension of Being, which is always available right now in our very own heart. This connection—more accurately, this recognition of our undivided nature—is the ultimate medicine for the loneliness, alienation, and fragmentation so common in our 21st-century lives.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen, Dzogchen, and Advaita and the founder and director of the annual School for Awakening, an intensive six-month program of exploration and study. Trained as a Buddhist monk for a decade, he studied Advaita for many years with Jean Klein and received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. His books include Wake Up Now; Beyond Mindfulness; Meditation for Dummies; and Buddhism for Dummies (with Jon Landaw).

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $50 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Stephan Bodian ~ Awaken to the Sacred in Everyday Life ~ 2-Part Online Course

Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 2 Part Course Dec 4 & 11

Dec. 4 & 11
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed
to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

"That which you are seeking is always seeking you." ~ Anonymous

"I’m in love with the mystery—and I don’t know what it is."
~ HWL Poonja

The desire to relieve our personal suffering is often the driving force behind our seeking. But once we begin to discover our natural state of pure wakefulness, we may realize that we have been called to awaken by a deep longing of reality to awaken to itself through us. The limitless heart that originates the search is the very reality that we aspire to discover. What began as our individual journey of spiritual awakening turns into a love affair with Being itself.

The Beloved is calling to us in every moment of existence—in the sounds of the birds or the silence of the forest, but also in the noise of traffic and the angry words of a friend. Only our limited beliefs and expectations prevent us from perceiving it. In the Buddhist tradition this sacred dimension is sometimes called bodhicitta, at once the essential nature of existence and the deep love of Being for its expressions in form.

In this two-part retreat, on successive Saturdays, we will explore meditations and contemplations that peel back the veils and open us to connect with the sacred dimension of Being, which is always available right now in our very own heart. This connection—more accurately, this recognition of our undivided nature—is the ultimate medicine for the loneliness, alienation, and fragmentation so common in our 21st-century lives.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen, Dzogchen, and Advaita and the founder and director of the annual School for Awakening, an intensive six-month program of exploration and study. Trained as a Buddhist monk for a decade, he studied Advaita for many years with Jean Klein and received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. His books include Wake Up Now; Beyond Mindfulness; Meditation for Dummies; and Buddhism for Dummies (with Jon Landaw).

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $50 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »
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