Green Sangha Chapter News
Posted on June 11th, 2014 3:06 pm
Sunday, July 20, at the Berkeley Ecology Center’s Eco-House.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Eco-House tour.
1:00-3:30 pm. Gathering, potluck picnic, meditation, speeches, conversation, and song. Hear former Green Sangha director Lauren Van Ham, founding member Devi Peri, and board president Stuart Moody reflect on the power and the practice of Green Sangha activism. Celebrate our accomplishments, imagine the future. Meet our TELA leadership team, who will be starting the summer camp in Marin on Monday morning.
The Eco-House is 11 minutes’ walk from N Berkeley BART. This is a perfect day to leave your car at home and walk, bike, BART to a celebration of sustainability! Space is limited for both parts of the day. Reservations required. Sign-up and carpool coordination: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on June 9th, 2014 5:43 pm
Green Sangha founder, Jonathan Gustin, invites you to his seminar on Sunday, June 22, at 7 pm in Berkeley: Life Purpose For Meditators. In this evening presentation, Jonathan will speak to the unique challenges—and opportunities—of meditators seeking a clearer sense of purpose in this life.
In Jonathan’s view, meditation practice is about primordial freedom of spirit, but it is not a complete spiritual path. For a comprehensive awakening to occur, we need not only to deepen our sense of inner freedom but also to discover our mytho-poetic story, our life purpose.
Once we discover the miracle of freedom in meditation there is an opportunity to discover a second miracle: knowing your soul’s purpose. Many meditation systems stop at the point where the meditator is released, if only momentarily, from the self-contraction of egoic identity. The second, equally important, step is about embodiment: engaging the unique strengths of your body-mind to serve in a particular way.
Meditation is the practice for connecting with pure consciousness. Soul Encounter is the practice for connecting with the life purpose for which you were born. In both cases, we experience a liberation from our usual sense of self.
During this evening together we’ll explore:
What is Soul?
The key to becoming clear about your life-purpose is engagement with soul work. Soul work is a descent into your deep mysterious interior. Soul work is a dive into your incarnate uniqueness. Soul work is initiated by your longing to live a larger life and by the desire to make the world a better place.
Soul work gathers momentum through your willingness to receive the soul’s guidance, rather than letting your thinking dictate all your decisions. Soul work is the profound act of letting your life speak. Soul work is the proven path for disclosing your life purpose.
This seminar offers you a framework to support your spiritual journey towards a soul-centered life. This journey culminates in your ability to take your rightful place in the world, and occupy the niche you were born to inhabit.
Jonathan is wonderfully skilled in the art of guiding people to discover and embody their unique life purpose. There are few things I appreciate more than good teaching, and so I enthusiastically recommend Jonathan’s work with people. Jonathan is a person of great integrity, from whom I am ever learning.
– Joanna Macy, co-author, Coming Back to Life and Active Hope
Life Purpose For Meditators