October 13 - 15, 2017

Registration opens September 27 and closes October 11.

Friday PM - October 13  ||  7-9pm Pacific10pm-12am Eastern
Spontaneity, Part 2: Auto Think

Leader: Shinzen Young
Type of Program: Drill
Prerequisites: Previous experience with the Auto Think technique.
Fee: $10 per person 

In this program, we will deepen your experience with the auto think technique.  Auto think allows you to access intuition, creativity, wisdom and spontaneity.  You’ve probably experienced how ‘responding without thinking’ can sometimes be powerful and even magical.  Auto think trains you to ‘think without thinking’.  Thoughts self-organize without the need for a thinker.

In preparation for this program, please:

Saturday AM - October 14  ||  8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Nurture Positivity

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

In this program, you’ll work with positive inner states.

  • See Good – create and hold positive mental imagery.
  • Hear Good – create and hold positive mental talk.
  • Feel Good – create and hold pleasant body emotions.
  • Be Good – all three at same time.

When you become skilled at Nurture Positive practice, you can selectively attend to positive emotion, rational thought, positive behaviors, or archetypal ideals. This will help you to refine your personhood and be of service to others. It dramatically changes the way you relate to the world…and the way that the world relates to you!

In preparation for this retreat:


Saturday PM - October 14  ||  1-5pm Pacific / 4-8pm Eastern
Mega Cross-Training

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Drill
Prerequisites: Previous experience with:

  • All four of the core Appreciation techniques: Just See, Just Hear, Just Feel, and Note Everything.
  • Focusing on Expansion and Contraction.
  • All four of the Expressiveness techniques: Auto Move, Auto Speak, Auto Think, and Do Nothing
  • All four of the Positivity techniques: See Good (positive behavior change), Hear Good (adaptive, rational thought), Feel Good (positive body emotion), Be Good (identify with a positive ideal, archetype or avatar). 

Fee: $20 per person 

The Mega Cross-Training involves working cyclically with each of the four core training themes within Shinzen’s Universal Library for Training Attention (ULTRA). The four core trainings are: Appreciation, Transcendence, Positivity and Expressiveness.

We’ll start by stepping through the core techniques for appreciating self and world as they arise in the senses: Just See, Just Hear, Just Feel, and Note Everything.  Then, from the Transcendence quadrant, you’ll work with the techniques that point directly to the primordial great perfection that’s behind and around each experience of self and world: See Source (expand & contract in the visual field), Hear Source (expand & contract in the auditory field), Feel Source (expand & contract in the somatic field), Be Source (expand & contract in everything).

After practicing that for a while, you’ll work with the techniques that train spontaneity and bounciness in what you do, say, and think, i.e. Auto Move, Auto Speak, and Auto Think.  After that you’ll express faith in your primordial perfection by Doing Nothing.

Finally, we’ll end by stepping through four Nurture Positivity techniques: See Good, Hear Good, Feel Good, and Be Good.

In preparation for this retreat, please:

Sunday AM - October 15  ||  5-9am Pacific / 8am-12pm Eastern
Duration Training

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Accelerator
Prerequisites: Previous experience with Noting Techniques
Fee: $20 per person

Sooner or later physical discomfort becomes an issue for everyone. Shinzen’s unified perspective on mindfulness provides a variety of techniques that can be used in combination as a kind of algorithm for dealing with that challenge.  In this program you’ll explore how to use Focus In to deal with your mental and emotional reactions to physical discomfort, and explore how to use Feel Out for turning toward the discomfort and "penetrating" it.

If physical discomfort is an issue for you at the time of this program, you can apply the guidance to that discomfort.  If you have no physical discomfort at the time of the program, you are encouraged, but by no means required, to explore the tradition of "strong determination sitting" (yūza).  This involves sitting for long periods of time without intentionally moving (but never to the point of objectively harming the body).

In preparation for this program, please:

Sunday PM - October 15  ||  10am-2pm Pacific / 1-5pm Eastern
Focus on Spaciousness

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

In Unified Mindfulness, one way to explore transcendence of form is to work with the theme of spaciousness. This involves learning to find the openness that may surround a sensory experience and a thinness that may pervade it. Those qualities are intrinsically rewarding and can also be helpful for dissipating intense experiences, soothing spasmodic kriyas, and so forth. At the deepest level, they can be an aid to the main transcendent theme in Unified Mindfulness, which is coming in contact with the primordial perfection of expansion and contraction. 

Many Unified Mindfulness focus options represent simplifications, reworkings or generalizations of traditional techniques. Focus In is a streamlined generalization of the Five Aggregate paradigm. Focus Out is a reworking of the Zen “Merge With It” strategy. Spaciousness represents a reformulation of certain themes that appear in the Dzogchen practice of Tibet, and the jhana practice of early Buddhism. But in the Unified Mindfulness system, those themes are mounted within the framework of Noting, resulting in what might be referred to as a “Tibeto-Burmese” fusion practice.

In preparation for this program, please: