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September 2020

Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 4th Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns preventing us from really being ourselves: from opening to the present moment as it is.

This session focuses on the fourth chakra: Giving and receiving love

You are invited to dive deep within, and from a place of Self-recognition, let all causes of suffering emerge to the surface, in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Thanks to the very interactive format of the meeting, you’ll be able to receive personal guidance and suggestions about your awakening and healing journey.
We meet from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a half an hour break.

This workshop is part of a monthly series, where we explore ourselves chakra by chakra. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or join individual workshops, even if you have not attended the previous ones.

Tilicho spontaneously realized the Self in 1998 without following any teaching or practice. The absence of spiritual conditioning allowed her to see through the veils of spiritual idealism and illusions. She ended up spending thirteen years in Tiruvannamalai in south India, the seat of Ramana Maharshi and the sacred mountain, Arunachala. While recognizing the beauty of the Advaita teachings, she also observed that they can easily be misunderstood and distorted. Although the Self is eternally free from the world, it is not separate from it. Clarity does not exclude openness. Her teaching stresses the need to combine Masculine and Feminine qualities and approaches. It is an invitation to find unity within and without.

www.tilicho.fr

Sliding Scale: $25 to $50
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within a week.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
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Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 4th Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns preventing us from really being ourselves: from opening to the present moment as it is.

This session focuses on the fourth chakra: Giving and receiving love

You are invited to dive deep within, and from a place of Self-recognition, let all causes of suffering emerge to the surface, in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Tilicho spontaneously realized the Self in 1998 without following any teaching or practice. The absence of spiritual conditioning allowed her to see through the veils of spiritual idealism and illusions. Although the Self is eternally free from the world, it is not separate from it. Clarity does not exclude openness. Her teaching is an invitation to find unity within and without.

Find out more »

Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 4th Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns preventing us from really being ourselves: from opening to the present moment as it is.

This session focuses on the fourth chakra: Giving and receiving love

You are invited to dive deep within, and from a place of Self-recognition, let all causes of suffering emerge to the surface, in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Tilicho spontaneously realized the Self in 1998 without following any teaching or practice. The absence of spiritual conditioning allowed her to see through the veils of spiritual idealism and illusions. Although the Self is eternally free from the world, it is not separate from it. Clarity does not exclude openness. Her teaching is an invitation to find unity within and without.

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Pamela Wilson ~ Power to the Peaceful ~ 4 Part Online Retreat

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), continuing Oct. 1, 6 & 8

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 6 & 8
10:00 – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
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Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after the meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend the live session.

Inner satsang uncontains and roots that which contracted to serve or protect. There is an energetic cost in maintaining conditioning, such an effort to contain and direct the flow of life and vastness! We all have noticed in relaxation everything unwinds and opens, allowing deeper breath, clarity, insights and rest. What may not have been noticed is that there is a transmission that spontaneously starts flowing from the heart and the body, and even from the eyes. Unseen but nevertheless powerful in its permeating presence.

Join Pamela and your fellow Sages! What a gift to share and celebrate!

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished 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 bring your questions!

More about Pamela: www.pamelasatsang.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

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Pamela Wilson ~ Power to the Peaceful: 4 Part Online Retreat

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), continuing Oct. 1, 6 & 8

Inner satsang uncontains and roots that which contracted to serve or protect. There is an energetic cost in maintaining conditioning, such an effort to contain and direct the flow of life and vastness! We all have noticed in relaxation everything unwinds and opens, allowing deeper breath, clarity, insights and rest. What may not have been noticed is that there is a transmission that spontaneously starts flowing from the heart and the body, and even from the eyes. Unseen but nevertheless powerful in its permeating presence.

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished 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 bring your questions!

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October 2020

Pamela Wilson ~ Power to the Peaceful ~ 4 Part Online Retreat

Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of Retreat, Sept. 29 & Oct. 1, 6 & 8
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 8, 2020

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 6 & 8
10:00 – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
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Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after the meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend the live session.

Inner satsang uncontains and roots that which contracted to serve or protect. There is an energetic cost in maintaining conditioning, such an effort to contain and direct the flow of life and vastness! We all have noticed in relaxation everything unwinds and opens, allowing deeper breath, clarity, insights and rest. What may not have been noticed is that there is a transmission that spontaneously starts flowing from the heart and the body, and even from the eyes. Unseen but nevertheless powerful in its permeating presence.

Join Pamela and your fellow Sages! What a gift to share and celebrate!

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished 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 bring your questions!

More about Pamela: www.pamelasatsang.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

Find out more »

Pamela Wilson ~ Power to the Peaceful ~ 4 Part Online Retreat

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of Retreat, Sept. 29 & Oct. 1, 6 & 8
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 8, 2020

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 6 & 8
10:00 – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after the meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend the live session.

Inner satsang uncontains and roots that which contracted to serve or protect. There is an energetic cost in maintaining conditioning, such an effort to contain and direct the flow of life and vastness! We all have noticed in relaxation everything unwinds and opens, allowing deeper breath, clarity, insights and rest. What may not have been noticed is that there is a transmission that spontaneously starts flowing from the heart and the body, and even from the eyes. Unseen but nevertheless powerful in its permeating presence.

Join Pamela and your fellow Sages! What a gift to share and celebrate!

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished 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 bring your questions!

More about Pamela: www.pamelasatsang.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

Find out more »

Pamela Wilson ~ Power to the Peaceful ~ 4 Part Online Retreat

Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of Retreat, Sept. 29 & Oct. 1, 6 & 8
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 8, 2020

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 6 & 8
10:00 – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after the meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend the live session.

Inner satsang uncontains and roots that which contracted to serve or protect. There is an energetic cost in maintaining conditioning, such an effort to contain and direct the flow of life and vastness! We all have noticed in relaxation everything unwinds and opens, allowing deeper breath, clarity, insights and rest. What may not have been noticed is that there is a transmission that spontaneously starts flowing from the heart and the body, and even from the eyes. Unseen but nevertheless powerful in its permeating presence.

Join Pamela and your fellow Sages! What a gift to share and celebrate!

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished 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 bring your questions!

More about Pamela: www.pamelasatsang.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

Find out more »

Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 5th Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Sunday, October 11, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns which prevent us from expressing our true self.

This session focuses on the 5th chakra Communication and Creativity

You are invited to dive deep within, and let all suffering emerge to the surface without identifying with your thoughts, your emotions and the suffering. The “meeting” happens in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Thanks to the very interactive format of the meeting, you’ll be able to receive personal guidance and suggestions about your awakening and healing journey.

We meet from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a half an hour break.

This workshop is part of a monthly series, where we explore ourselves chakra by chakra. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or join individual workshops, even if you have not attended the previous ones.

Tilicho spontaneously realized the Self in 1998 without following any teaching or practice. The absence of spiritual conditioning allowed her to see through the veils of spiritual idealism and illusions. She ended up spending thirteen years in Tiruvannamalai in south India, the seat of Ramana Maharshi and the sacred mountain, Arunachala. While recognizing the beauty of the Advaita teachings, she also observed that they can easily be misunderstood and distorted. Although the Self is eternally free from the world, it is not separate from it. Clarity does not exclude openness. Her teaching stresses the need to combine Masculine and Feminine qualities and approaches. It is an invitation to find unity within and without.

www.tilicho.fr

Sliding Scale: $25 to $50
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
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Stephan Bodian ~ How Teachers Go Astray: Exploring the Core Principles of Genuine Spiritual Integrity ~ 4 week Course

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 9:00am - 10:30am (Pacific Time), continuing Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4

Wednesdays: Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4
9:00 – 10:30 am, Pacific Time
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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.

Those who assume the role of spiritual teacher represent a whole world of meaning to their students. When they fail to embody the truths they teach and act in unconscious, manipulative, or abusive ways, they betray their students’ trust and shake their confidence in the value and validity of spiritual awakening. Over the years I’ve worked with many people who have reported being exploited or betrayed by their teacher, and I’ve written extensively about the issue, including a recent article outlining what I consider the basic principles of teacher integrity*.

Among these principles: the teacher doesn’t need anything from you, including your love, admiration, veneration, power, or money; the teacher does not require your loyalty or allegiance to anything but the truth of your being as you understand it; the teacher’s primary purpose is to further your spiritual unfolding, not to build her organization or expand her popularity on social media; and the teacher does not attempt to organize, orchestrate, or control your personal life and does not purport to know what’s best for you on a personal level.

In this class we will explore these guideliness in detail, including why they are so important for the student’s evolution, how teachers go astray, the problem of narcissism, and how the failure to live up to these guidelines can cause lasting pain and trauma. The course is intended not only for those who have been hurt in this way who might want to share and investigate the issues it’s raised for them, but also for those who want a clear sense of what to look for in a teacher and what genuine integrity really entails.

As always, each class will include guided meditation that grounds our exploration in an awakened perspective, teachings and pointers, and ample time for dialogue and discussion.

*(The root of the word integrity is the Latin for whole or complete; when we act from our wholeness, our essential non-separateness, as a teacher is called upon to do, we’re unable to take advantage or cause harm to others.)

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk, a licensed psychotherapist, and a longtime student of Advaita master Jean Klein, Stephan received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. Since 2007 he has taught the annual months-long School for Awakening, which will begin again, in online form, in 2021. His books include Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness.

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $75 to $95
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

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Gail Brenner, Ph.D. ~ Living as Presence in Everyday Life – A Mini-Retreat

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 11:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

A 2 Day Mini Retreat:
Oct. 17 and 18, 2020
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Pacific Time
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.

Come immerse yourself in a fresh way of being, fully aligned with your natural essence as whole, peaceful, primed for joy, and lacking nothing.

Longstanding conditioned patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation.

Together in a safe and loving space, we’ll untangle the limited ways you think about yourself—addressing the critical mind, old stories from the past, tendencies to compare and feel inadequate. You’ll come away with skills to feel grounded within yourself and in your life, with more space to experience intimacy, generosity, and simple joy.

Our sessions will include guided meditation, small group sharing, Q&A, and joyful celebration together.

You’ll be invited to practice on your own between our sessions. Together, we lovingly embrace our humanness as we expand into overflowing appreciation, vibrant joy, and deep connection with all of Life.

If you have questions about this retreat, please email gail@gailbrenner.com.

“Gail creates, embodies and models a very safe space which is helping to create safety in myself on a day to day level which is Huge.” ~H.F.

“I’m definitely continuing to recommend this course primarily because I can feel Gail’s embodiment and pure transmission as she speaks.” ~Chantal K.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide. She is a psychologist, author, speaker, and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She is an expert in healing from early trauma and brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups. She is known for her embodied presence and for creating the safe space needed for inner exploration. Gail is the author of the award-winning The End of Self-HelpandSuffering Is Optional.

gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $30 to $50
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

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Stephan Bodian ~ How Teachers Go Astray: Exploring the Core Principles of Genuine Spiritual Integrity ~ 4 week Course

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 9:00am - 10:30am (Pacific Time), Part of 4 part Course: Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wednesdays: Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4
9:00 – 10:30 am, 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.

Those who assume the role of spiritual teacher represent a whole world of meaning to their students. When they fail to embody the truths they teach and act in unconscious, manipulative, or abusive ways, they betray their students’ trust and shake their confidence in the value and validity of spiritual awakening. Over the years I’ve worked with many people who have reported being exploited or betrayed by their teacher, and I’ve written extensively about the issue, including a recent article outlining what I consider the basic principles of teacher integrity*.

Among these principles: the teacher doesn’t need anything from you, including your love, admiration, veneration, power, or money; the teacher does not require your loyalty or allegiance to anything but the truth of your being as you understand it; the teacher’s primary purpose is to further your spiritual unfolding, not to build her organization or expand her popularity on social media; and the teacher does not attempt to organize, orchestrate, or control your personal life and does not purport to know what’s best for you on a personal level.

In this class we will explore these guideliness in detail, including why they are so important for the student’s evolution, how teachers go astray, the problem of narcissism, and how the failure to live up to these guidelines can cause lasting pain and trauma. The course is intended not only for those who have been hurt in this way who might want to share and investigate the issues it’s raised for them, but also for those who want a clear sense of what to look for in a teacher and what genuine integrity really entails.

As always, each class will include guided meditation that grounds our exploration in an awakened perspective, teachings and pointers, and ample time for dialogue and discussion.

*(The root of the word integrity is the Latin for whole or complete; when we act from our wholeness, our essential non-separateness, as a teacher is called upon to do, we’re unable to take advantage or cause harm to others.)

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk, a licensed psychotherapist, and a longtime student of Advaita master Jean Klein, Stephan received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. Since 2007 he has taught the annual months-long School for Awakening, which will begin again, in online form, in 2021. His books include Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness.

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $75 to $95
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

Find out more »

Stephan Bodian ~ How Teachers Go Astray: Exploring the Core Principles of Genuine Spiritual Integrity ~ 4 week Course

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:00am - 10:30am (Pacific Time), Part of 4 part Course: Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wednesdays: Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4
9:00 – 10:30 am, 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.

Those who assume the role of spiritual teacher represent a whole world of meaning to their students. When they fail to embody the truths they teach and act in unconscious, manipulative, or abusive ways, they betray their students’ trust and shake their confidence in the value and validity of spiritual awakening. Over the years I’ve worked with many people who have reported being exploited or betrayed by their teacher, and I’ve written extensively about the issue, including a recent article outlining what I consider the basic principles of teacher integrity*.

Among these principles: the teacher doesn’t need anything from you, including your love, admiration, veneration, power, or money; the teacher does not require your loyalty or allegiance to anything but the truth of your being as you understand it; the teacher’s primary purpose is to further your spiritual unfolding, not to build her organization or expand her popularity on social media; and the teacher does not attempt to organize, orchestrate, or control your personal life and does not purport to know what’s best for you on a personal level.

In this class we will explore these guideliness in detail, including why they are so important for the student’s evolution, how teachers go astray, the problem of narcissism, and how the failure to live up to these guidelines can cause lasting pain and trauma. The course is intended not only for those who have been hurt in this way who might want to share and investigate the issues it’s raised for them, but also for those who want a clear sense of what to look for in a teacher and what genuine integrity really entails.

As always, each class will include guided meditation that grounds our exploration in an awakened perspective, teachings and pointers, and ample time for dialogue and discussion.

*(The root of the word integrity is the Latin for whole or complete; when we act from our wholeness, our essential non-separateness, as a teacher is called upon to do, we’re unable to take advantage or cause harm to others.)

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk, a licensed psychotherapist, and a longtime student of Advaita master Jean Klein, Stephan received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. Since 2007 he has taught the annual months-long School for Awakening, which will begin again, in online form, in 2021. His books include Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness.

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $75 to $95
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

Find out more »

Tilicho ~ Awakening and Healing

Saturday, October 31, 2020 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time)

During Satsang with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns preventing us from really being ourselves: from opening to the present moment as it is.

You are invited to dive deep within, and from a place of Self-recognition to let all causes of suffering emerge to the surface - in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Thanks to the very interactive format of the meeting, you’ll be able to receive personal guidance and suggestions about your awakening and healing journey.

Tilicho spontaneously realized the Self in 1998 without following any teaching or practice. The absence of spiritual conditioning allowed her to see through the veils of spiritual idealism and illusions. She ended up spending thirteen years in Tiruvannamalai in south India, the seat of Ramana Maharshi and the sacred mountain, Arunachala. While recognizing the beauty of the Advaita teachings, she also observed that they can easily be misunderstood and distorted. Although the Self is eternally free from the world, it is not separate from it. Clarity does not exclude openness. Her teaching stresses the need to combine Masculine and Feminine qualities and approaches. It is an invitation to find unity within and without.

www.tilicho.fr

Sliding Scale: $15 to $25
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within a week.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

November 2020

Stephan Bodian ~ How Teachers Go Astray: Exploring the Core Principles of Genuine Spiritual Integrity ~ 4 week Course

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 @ 9:00am - 10:30am (Pacific Time), Part of 4 part Course: Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wednesdays: Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4
9:00 – 10:30 am, 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.

Those who assume the role of spiritual teacher represent a whole world of meaning to their students. When they fail to embody the truths they teach and act in unconscious, manipulative, or abusive ways, they betray their students’ trust and shake their confidence in the value and validity of spiritual awakening. Over the years I’ve worked with many people who have reported being exploited or betrayed by their teacher, and I’ve written extensively about the issue, including a recent article outlining what I consider the basic principles of teacher integrity*.

Among these principles: the teacher doesn’t need anything from you, including your love, admiration, veneration, power, or money; the teacher does not require your loyalty or allegiance to anything but the truth of your being as you understand it; the teacher’s primary purpose is to further your spiritual unfolding, not to build her organization or expand her popularity on social media; and the teacher does not attempt to organize, orchestrate, or control your personal life and does not purport to know what’s best for you on a personal level.

In this class we will explore these guideliness in detail, including why they are so important for the student’s evolution, how teachers go astray, the problem of narcissism, and how the failure to live up to these guidelines can cause lasting pain and trauma. The course is intended not only for those who have been hurt in this way who might want to share and investigate the issues it’s raised for them, but also for those who want a clear sense of what to look for in a teacher and what genuine integrity really entails.

As always, each class will include guided meditation that grounds our exploration in an awakened perspective, teachings and pointers, and ample time for dialogue and discussion.

*(The root of the word integrity is the Latin for whole or complete; when we act from our wholeness, our essential non-separateness, as a teacher is called upon to do, we’re unable to take advantage or cause harm to others.)

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk, a licensed psychotherapist, and a longtime student of Advaita master Jean Klein, Stephan received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. Since 2007 he has taught the annual months-long School for Awakening, which will begin again, in online form, in 2021. His books include Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness.

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

Sliding Scale: $75 to $95
No one turned away for lack of funds.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can.

Find out more »

Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 6th Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Sunday, November 15, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns which prevent us from expressing our true self.

This session focuses on the 6th chakra: Enlightenment.

You are invited to dive deep within, and let all suffering emerge to the surface without identifying with your thoughts, your emotions and the suffering. The “meeting” happens in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Thanks to the very interactive format of the meeting, you’ll be able to receive personal guidance and suggestions about your awakening and healing journey.

We meet from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a half an hour break.

This workshop is part of a monthly series, where we explore ourselves chakra by chakra. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or join individual workshops, even if you have not attended the previous ones.

Tilicho spontaneously realized the Self in 1998 without following any teaching or practice. The absence of spiritual conditioning allowed her to see through the veils of spiritual idealism and illusions. She ended up spending thirteen years in Tiruvannamalai in south India, the seat of Ramana Maharshi and the sacred mountain, Arunachala. While recognizing the beauty of the Advaita teachings, she also observed that they can easily be misunderstood and distorted. Although the Self is eternally free from the world, it is not separate from it. Clarity does not exclude openness. Her teaching stresses the need to combine Masculine and Feminine qualities and approaches. It is an invitation to find unity within and without.

www.tilicho.fr

Sliding Scale: $25 to $50
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
Time Zone Converter

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