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In this charming talk, David Thompson shares some common sense insights on meditation …

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Lenten Meditation: Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation & Diamond Sutra

Lenten Readings:

As we did last year for the twentieth anniversary of Joe and Guin Miller’s passing, this year we will do Lent Lite! The Great Liberation will be read at 6:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday (2/13) and Good Friday (3/29) ONLY.

Every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., starting on Friday, 2/15, and ending on Friday, 3/29, we will alternate readings of the Great Liberation and Diamond Sutra.

Please join us for this profound meditation practice.

The Beauty Way

Mary Kamadulski on The Beauty Way (February 2013)

A remarkable presentation from Mary Kamadulski, offering profound spiritual insights on the path of Beauty, along with compelling performance art (including the world premiere of the Coyote Choir).

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Dharma Message – 2013

Saint Hildegard of Bingen – Cultivating the Cosmic Tree, Plate 7, Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen

In her hymn, O ignis Spiritus Paracliti, the great Saint Hildegard of Bingen exclaimed:

Oh fire of the Holy Spirit,

life of the life of every creature,

holy are you in giving life to forms…

Oh boldest path,

penetrating into all places,

in the heights, on earth,

and in every abyss,

you bring and bind all together

From you clouds flow, air flies,

Rocks have their humours,

Rivers spring forth from the waters

And earth wears her green vigour

NOTE: For more on Hildegard’s vision of Viriditis (“Greeness”), the “very expression of Divine power on Earth,” which she saw as “penetrating every aspect of life,” read Stephanie Roth’s Cosmic Vision of Hildegard of Bingen in The Ecologist, Vol. 30, No. 1, January-February 2000.

 

More on Consciousness, Quantum Physics and the Nature of the Universe

Dark Energy and Dark Matter

As noted in previous posts, we are, grateful that the Third Avowed Object, “To explore the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in …” is alive and well in City of the Golden Gate.

In this 1/18/12 talk titled, Dr. Jeff Curtis reports on some of the latest scientific research.

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Some Related Posts

More Scientific Progress Towards a Glimmer of a Hint about Consciousness

Report on “Toward A Science of Consciousness 2012”

Dr. Jeff Curtis: Measurement, Meaning and Mind (11-11-11)

Jack Sarfatti on Our Once and Future Holographic Universe (SFTS Lodge, 7/30/10)

Celebrating the Third Avowed Object – Jeff Curtis Reports on Tuscon 2010 Consciousness Conference

Dr. Jeff Curtis: More Developments in Quantum Theory & the Nature of Consciousness (1-29-10)

Mapping Primal Reality: Further Notes on A User’s Guide to Human Incarnation (Part II – Pratyabhijna Hrdayam, Teresa of Ávila’s Interior Castle & Jung’s Path of Individuation)

r_power_sfts_lodge_november_2012 This is the second in a series of seven bi-monthly talks by Richard Power. The series will include talks on the four great texts of Kashmir Saivism (i.e., Shiva Sutras, Pratyabhijina Hridayam, Spandakarikas and Vijnanabhairava) as well as other aspects of Yoga, Buddha Dharma and Shamanism.

This second presentation focuses on teachings from the Pratyabhijinahrdayam, and draws further elucidation from drawing St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, Sri Ramana Maharshi’s Self-Inquiry and Dr. Carl Jung ideas on the process of Individuation.

The next talk in the series will be given in December 2012.

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Dharma Message for 4Q12

Pema Chodron (Omega Institute, 2007)

Pema Chodron (Omega Institute, 2007)

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers …”

[NOTE: This is a retelling of a classic Zen teaching tale, but it is a delightful one, and Pema Chodron powerfully articulates the story’s subtlest nuance and deepest meaning. She “owns” the story now. — R. Power, SFTS Lodge]

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”

Mapping Primal Reality: Further Notes on A User’s Guide to Human Incarnation (Part I: Shiva Sutras, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs)

Siva Sutras: Yoga of Supreme Identity

Siva Sutras: Yoga of Supreme Identity

This is the first in a series of seven bi-monthly talks by Richard Power. The series will include talks on the four great texts of Kashmir Saivism (i.e., Shiva Sutras, Pratyabhijina Hridayam, Spandakarikas and Vijnanabhairava) as well as other aspects of Yoga, Buddha Dharma and Shamanism.

This opening presentation focuses on teachings from the Siva Sutras, highlights Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and includes readings from Humanifesto, Power’s eighth book.

The next talk in the series will be given in November 2012.

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Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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Smart, Sustainable Structures for Humans and Their Friends

Ari Harding, SFTS Lodge, September 2012

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On September 14 2012, Ari Harding spoke: “Smart, Sustainable Structures for Humans and Their Friends”

Listen, learn, and transform your world, plank by plank, nail by nail, solar panel by solar panel …

Trust In Mind

"Tara thangka" by Anonymous - Rubin Museum of Art. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tara_thangka.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Tara_thangka.jpg

“Tara thangka” by Anonymous – Rubin Museum of Art. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tara_thangka.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Tara_thangka.jpg

Over the years, Chris Black, SFTS fellow and long-time Zen practitioner, has led many conversations that have deepened our understanding of Dharma in general and the Hsing Hsing Ming in particular.

This evening was no exception.

Chris led an exploration of Trust In Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen in his own inimitable way.

Listen, breathe, allow the truth to reveal itself naturally …