The meditation taught by the Buddha, and by authentic masters in the 2500 years since his lifetime, is a path to inner freedom. It is not a religion, nor a search for a higher power, nor an attempt to console oneself with lofty ideas about spirituality. Rather it is a direct investigation of our state of being in the present moment, requiring integrity, courage, and unconditional kindness.
The challenge the modern West faces in assimilating the Buddha’s method of awakening is deep and all pervasive. It centers on our materialism—our attempt to translate the spiritual path into experiences that will reassure and fortify the ego rather than challenging and dismantling it. Ego can manipulate anything for its own purposes—including meditation.
Materialism is a path to security and comfort on a superficial level, but never to freedom. How we understand meditation—and how we practice it—will determine which path we take.
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About the Speaker
Frank W. Berliner grew up in New York and was educated at Yale, where he received his BA in 1967, and Naropa University, where he earned an MA in Transpersonal Counseling in 1994.
He has studied, practiced, and taught meditation for forty-three years as a close student of the founder of Naropa, the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.
Mr. Berliner began his training in 1974, when he moved to Trungpa Rinpoche’s residential retreat center in Vermont, and lived there for the following four years, immersing himself in the study of Buddhadharma and the practice of sitting meditation.
Over a twelve-year period from 1980-1992, and at the request of Chogyam Trungpa, Mr. Berliner served as National Administrative Director of Shambhala Training, and Executive Director and Resident Teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Center.
During this time, he taught several hundred programs in meditation and Buddhist philosophy and psychology throughout the United States and Canada. He also engaged in solitary meditation retreats annually.
From 1995-2015 he served as an Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, where he taught Buddhist and Western Existential Psychology, and the practice of meditation, to BA and MA students. He retired from his teaching position there in 2015.
The Gift: What, Why and How to Embody the Gifts
of each Enneagram type for Better Relationships and More Joy!
In this dynamic and ever-changing world, we all need to be more adept at responding to unexpected challenges. As you know, doing the same thing the same way doesn't always work.
Join us as we explore how we can expand our emotional range and comfort zone by integrating the gifts of each of the Enneagram types. The Enneagram personality system beautifully describes the gifts and the challenges of nine different personality styles.Though you do have a “core type” that describes your preferences, you can actually embody the gifts of all the types.
You’ll learn that embodying the gifts of each Enneagram type will make a difference in all your relationships. This interactive conversation will be insightful whether you know the Enneagram already or not. You can learn your type by clicking the link below!
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International Development that Doesn't Suck: Building Renewable Energy Capacity in Emerging Economies" is a lunch talk by Megan Kerins.
As a solar engineering consultant with a focus on emerging economies, Megan has a passion for bringing equity and diversity into the renewable energy sector. She holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and has worked for various Bay Area solar companies, including overseeing a national solar quality assurance program with Sunrun.
She has also actively participated in the funding, design, and installation of solar and micro hydropower projects in Thailand, Burma, and Ethiopia. In 2016, Megan started Solar Stewards, LLC, serving as a technical advisor to commercial- and utility-scale projects in the US and Haiti. In her spare time, Megan enjoys dancing Ballet and Flamenco, and spending time in the mountains.
Tickets include a gourmet & organic lunch, beverages, and desert.
Join us at the Historic Highland City Club for a gourmet lunch and book talk in celebration of Will Craig's new book, Living the Hero's Journey.
Living the Hero’s Journey guides readers on an epic quest of self-discovery. Become the hero of today's action-adventure films and yesterday's mythic tales. Experience personal growth and development through the lens of movies and mythology.
In an age where people look outward for direction and upward for inspiration, Living the Hero’s Journey provides a time-honored template for looking inward and going deep for the answers we seek.
This talk will give you tools to uncover your true life path as it magically reveals itself right beneath your feet. Join author WillCraig on the journey of a lifetime.
What motivates us to be more authentic, take action on our goals and keep showing up in the world? It’s not always easy—especially when life experiences, such as a tragedy or illness—catch us by surprise and dramatically change our lives.
That was the turning point Jet Widick faced 15 years ago when she sat, weak and diminished, literally at death’s door.
Thanks to a fierce determination and her own experiential life lessons, she was able to find the inspiration she needed to give her a path to recover and move forward. Today, she’s thriving as a respected health advocate, blogger, poet and a champion of countless people who, like her, have fought to overcome the life-altering impact of Celiac disease.
You’ve surely heard the word around the City Club. It’s the Enneagram, a personality system that describes why we and others are the way we are. It points to our gifts, strengths and challenges. It helps us to better understand ourselves each other, and can direct us in how to move through challenges with ease. Join us for an introductory session if you don’t know the system yet, a good recap if you do, and a new approach for greater resilience, better relationships, greater success and more happiness.
Dr. Walker mines his experience with high performing athletes to teach lessons that matter most in life. Telling the story of his own challenges being diagnosed with colon cancer in late 2015 to recovering and living a life of gratitude. Dr. Walker has worked with Olympians, All-Americans, NCAA Champions, State Champions to help them manage anxiety and deal with mistakes and setbacks. He converts those lessons from athletes to fit all of us, so that we may contemplate structuring our lives in a more meaningful way.
Ranked by Inc Magazine as one of The Top 27 Female Entrepreneurs Changing The World In 2017, Jules founded her first six-figure company at 18 and her first 7-figure company at 22. At 28, Jules is leading a movement to empower millennials to create a life by their own design.
Jules will share with us her definition of an "unconventional life" - and how you can lead one. We'll discuss how to weed through the mountain of noise and truly listen to yourself - what you want, who you want to be, and what matters to you.
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