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


Smart, Sustainable Structures for Humans and Their Friends

Ari Harding, SFTS Lodge, September 2012


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 …

Heaven, An MPOWERDANCE Company Salon Performance (2007)

The life of the SFTS Lodge has been blessed with the talents of numerous and gifted musicians, poets, dancers and artists.

This video documents an extraordinary MPOWERDANCE salon performance done at SFTS Lodge on a Friday evening in 2007, during the visit of our dear and long-time friend Saul Barodofsky, head of the Dervish Healing Order.

Enjoy the exquisite beauty of this piece. And stay tuned … There’s more to come.

Can Our Beliefs Influence the Future?

Sky Nelson, SFTS Lodge, August 2012

Sky Nelson at SFTS Lodge, August 2012 On August 24 2012, Sky Nelson gave us talk exploring the question: “Can Our Beliefs Influence Our Future?”

Here is some background from Sky Nelson’s website:

“Sky has developed a theory on the physics of meaningful coincidences or synchronicity. His theory has been presented over the past year at a number of conferences (Society for Scientific Exploration, Boulder CO; Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson, AZ; Science and Non-Duality conference, San Rafael, CA; Asilomar United Centers for Spiritual Living conference, CA), and is forthcoming for publication in the Journal for Scientific Exploration. The theory is based on understanding how quantum mechanics applies to our everyday world, and it brings up (and attempts to answer) several metaphysical questions. Sky has had two articles published in New Thought publications in 2009 on the physics of synchronicity. (www.expectingsynchronicity.com) His first research paper has been accepted for publication with the Journal for Scientific Exploration.”

This was Sky’s third talk at the SFTS.

Listen …


Salvador Dali’s Depiction of the Tarot High Priestess
Salvador Dali's Taror Deck High Priestess

On August 10, 2012, SFTS Lodge Librarian Peggy Tahir read from her cycle of Tarot poems.

Peggy is one of the several accomplished poets who have contributed mightily to the creative life of the SFTS over the decades.

In this delightful talk, Peggy also shares insights and experiences of her life’s journey.

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The Seth Material … A Retrospective


J.R. Collier, S.F.T.S. August 2012

SFTS member J.R. Collier revisits Jane Roberts’ Seth Material in the light of recent research.

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Dharma Message for 3Q12

meerabai  I take the path that ecstatic human beings have taken for centuries

Why Mira Can’t Come Back to Her Old House

The colors of the Dark One have penetrated Mira’s
      body; all the other colors washed out.
Making love with the Dark One and eating little,
      those are my pearls and my carnelians.
Meditation beads and the forehead streak,
      these are my scarves and my rings.
That’s enough feminine wiles for me.
      My teacher taught me this.
Approve me or disapprove me: I praise
      the Mountain Energy night and day.
I take the path that ecstatic human beings
      have taken for centuries.
I don’t steal money, I don’t hit anyone.
      What will you charge me with?
I have felt the swaying of the elephant’s shoulders;
      and now you want me to climb
      on a jackass? Try to be serious.

— Mirabai, Translated by Robert Bly in Kabir: Ecstatic Poems

Radical Hospitality

Jan Black, SFTS Lodge, July 2012

SFTS Friday Night Conversations in Theosophy 2012-07-27 On July 27, 2012, Jan Black led a conversation on meeting life’s challenges, based both on her own real-world experiences and on readings from Radical Hospitality: A Benedict’s Way of Love by Lonni Collins Pratt, a Catholic laywoman, and Daniel Homan, a Benedictine monk.

Listen …