December 8 - 10, 2017

Registration opens November 22 and closes December 6.

Friday PM - December 8  ||  7-9pm Pacific10pm-12am Eastern
Going Deeper into Auditory Experience

Leader: Shinzen Young
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: Previous experience with any Unified Mindfulness technique.
Fee: $10 per person 

You will be guided through several exercises designed to hone and strengthen your ability to work with auditory experience,

  • Just Hear: Work with all auditory
  • Hear In: Detect the presence or absence of mental
  • Hear Out: Anchor in the Now of physical
  • Hear Rest: Enjoy inner and outer auditory rest
  • Hear Flow: Explore the dynamic side of auditory
  • Hear Good: Work with a positive mindful mantra.

In preparation for this program, please:

o   Chapter 1, Part 2, Hear In, p. 22
o   Chapter 2, Part 2, Hear Out, p. 30
o   Chapter 3, Part 2, Hear Rest, p. 36
o   Chapter 4, Part 2, Hear Flow, p. 53
o   Chapter 8, Part 2, Focus on Hear, p. 93
o   Chapter 5, The Way of Human Goodness, pp. 67-73


Saturday AM - December 9  ||  8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Dealing with the Holidays: Windows and Walls

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: Some previous experience with Noting and Nurture Positive.
Fee: $20 per person

The holiday season can create a lot of emotions (both positive and negative). It can also activate a lot of samskaras (old habit forces--once again, both positive and negative). So, this time of year represents an important “situational accelerator” for deep work.  In this program, you’ll learn how to get M3 (Maximum Meditation Mileage) out of your holiday experience—from shopping, to being with family, to maintaining practice during festivities, dealing with travel and traffic, through transforming habitual responses, dealing with frustrations, and deepening bliss.

In preparation for this program, please:


Saturday PM - December 9  ||  1-5pm Pacific / 4-8pm Eastern
Breath Focus: Advanced Perspectives on a Basic Practice

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person 

Breath focus is often thought of as a starter practice. But with a proper understanding, it can lead all the way to Enlightenment. On the other hand, it can sometimes become a dead end, producing calm but failing to bring deep insight and purification.  In this program, you’ll get to sample several breath techniques and acquire a clear, conceptual map for how breath practice can bring insight and purification, as well as concentration.

In preparation for this program, please:


Sunday AM - December 10  ||  5-9am Pacific / 8am-12pm Eastern
Focus on Rest

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person

Learn how to find/create pleasant restful states in all three sensory systems: visual, auditory, and somatic.

If you say “meditation” to the average person, they will probably get the mental image of someone sitting cross-legged on the floor trying to mellow out and release stress. Many – perhaps even most – traditional forms of meditation involve focusing on such simple, soothing experiences. There is a good reason for that.  It creates a positive feedback loop; the more you concentrate on soothing rest, the more soothing it becomes, thereby motivating you to concentrate even more. This positive learning loop creates snowballing growth in your concentration power. 

Restful states are frequently present in daily life, but most people fail to notice and enjoy them because they have neither the concepts nor the vocabulary needed to recognize them. This program will change that.

In preparation for this program, please:

  • Read from the 5 Ways Manual:
    • Introduction to Basic Mindfulness, pp. 7-17
    • Chapter 3 The Way of Tranquility, pp. 34-47
  • Skim About Posture

 


Sunday PM - December 10  ||  10am-2pm Pacific / 1-5pm Eastern
Feel Great!

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: Previous experience with at least one of the following techniques: Feel Rest, Auto Move or Feel Good.
Fee: $20 per person

In this program, we’ll explore the interplay of three techniques that tend to create an immediate pleasure reward in your

  • Feel Rest – Find and/or create somatic
  • Auto Move – Tune into spontaneity as you move around in daily
  • Feel Good – Create and hold pleasant emotional sensations in your body.

 

In preparation for this program, please: