In order to begin to see even the possibility of State Shadows, we will need to do some preparatory work.
We will begin with a simple Zen perspective of three states of consciousness: Gross, Subtle and Causal, which includes an allusion to a mysterious “other shore.” From this perspective physical, things are objects of the gross realm. The absence of things, a direct experience of nothing or timeless nothingness is the causal realm. And, everything arising in experience between the gross physical realm and the timeless causal realm is arising in the subtle realm. We will then ground this perspective with some “wu” technologies or “nothingness” technologies. Here, we use language and transmission to lead to a taste of a direct experience of timeless emptiness. We then must add shared language to clearly articulate our experiences in words and sentences. By including both shared experiences and shared articulation of the experiences, we build a solid foundation of both common experience and language.
A merely intellectual understanding without adequate direct experience of states, is unfortunately the norm in western cultures. Now, proceeding from this more solid foundation of mere intellectual understanding, we will explore some additional perspectives on states. In my experience as an Integral Zen Master, the confusion and misunderstanding of states is one of the most serious shadows of modern and postmodern worldviews, as well as the emerging “Integral Community” itself.
Using the wisdom of Buddhism, Depth Psychology and Integral Theory, we further our exploration of the territory of states by examining state shadows, what Wilber describes in The Religions of Tomorrow, where he says: “Shadows are addictions and allergies in States and Stages, and what drives them.”
This is a unique course with radical new material and perspectives. It breaks new ground and may well prove critically valuable for each of us individually as well as collectively for our survival as a species.
If it calls to you, come join us.
Existing meditation practice and at least one previous Integral Zen retreat or class is highly recommended. Please contact [email protected] to inquire about attending without previous Integral Zen experience.
Offered on a sliding scale donation basis, suggested donation (US$): $250 – $175 – $100
- Tuesday Feb. 11 - 1st 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT
- Tuesday Feb. 18 - 2nd 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT
- Tuesday Feb. 25 no Course Travel
- Tuesday Mar. 3 - 3rd 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT
- Tuesday Mar. 10 - 4th 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT
- Tuesday Mar. 17 - 5th 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT
- Tuesday Mar. 24 - 6th 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT