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Saturday Night Talk Series: Online for 2020 via Zoom. Contact us for information about how to attend the bi-weekly talks which start at 7:00 p.m. PDT.

October 31. The Alchemy of Grief and Love
Grief and love share a close intimacy with each other. Both catapult us out of our comfort zone and have the power to break our hearts wide open, awakening both a sense of awe and nobility of spirit. They have the transformative capacity to help purify illusion so we can hold and bear witness to Reality as it is in all its facets of dark and light and in doing so, we are brought closer to the essence of our humanity. This talk will explore the relationship between grief and love and how each is necessary for the other to thrive.
Nachama Greenwald is a physical therapist, editor, and musician who for seventeen years was a member of the Shri blues band which performed Western Baul music.

November 14. Love What You Do Not Love: The Doorway to Ever Present Peace
External situations provoke thoughts and emotional reactions in us, which vary depending on whether we see them as favorable or unfavorable. But if we are interested in opening to that which the traditions refer to as the Indestructible aspect of ourselves, ever present peace, we will have to work with any non-loving attitude that we have when faced with the unfriendly side of existence. This talk will consider some of the teachings of Arnaud Desjardins, a French master who points to the areas in us that present both the greatest opportunities and challenges on the transformational path.
Vijaya (VJ) Fedorschak is long-time practitioner in the Western Baul tradition and author of Shadow on the Path and Father and Son.

Previous talks in this series:
May 2. You Can’t Change What Is But You Can Learn to Like It
May 16. The Transformative Power of Guarding One's Speech
May 30. Deepening Compassion in Times of Uncertainty, Groundlessness, and Fear
June 13. Contemplation: Awareness and Presence in Ordinary Life
June 27. What's Love? and What's Love Got to Do With It? The Eternal Questions and the Easy Misunderstandings.
July 11. There is a Crack in Everything—That’s How the Light Gets In: The Myth of Self-Perfection.
July 25. Cultivating the View that Everything is in Transit: A Consideration of Death in the Spiritual Traditions.
August 8. My Body is a Temple: Creating a Life of Practice.
August 22. Path without Goal: Misconceptions about Enlightenment.
September 5. Maintaining Presence in the Midst of Chaos.
September 19. Exploring the Depth of Spiritual Tradition: A Panel Discussion.
October 3. Not What “Should Be,” But “What Is.”
October 17. Being with Reality in Wild, Wild Times

Other activities to be announced.