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Original Love: Awakening, 6-Week Series

Zone 4: Awakening

  • 6 week virtual course: Sundays, October 9 – November 13, 2022, 10am – 12pm MT
  • Weekend virtual retreat: Saturday & Sunday, November 19 – 20, 2022

Here in our fourth zone, we start to explore ways of glimpsing a whole other face of our experience – the reality of “awakening.” This is what the deep traditions are devoted to, and why they still exist. Yet at the same time, we learn to avoid “gaining ideas” around accomplishing special experiences through sitting.

To awaken is to see new dimensions of our existence. This can be powerful and even quite overwhelming. But it can also come in small glimpses, as we get tastes of other registers of consciousness, where we are not as separate and independent as we thought.

Rather than seeking out a desired goal called “awakening,” the approach here encourages us to explore ways of tasting something that is always already here, which effort can’t really help us to find. It has been here forever, right in the midst of our experience. It’s just a matter of learning to glimpse it.

Some methods we try out include:

  • falling back into what is already holding us
  • taking the “backward step”
  • exploring the borders between “me” and the environment around “me”
  • searching for the “I” in the middle of experience
  • examining and inquiring into the sense of self
  • sitting with some preliminary koans

Registration opens early autumn.

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November 13, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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