Devotion 2: Kung-Fu Self-Hugging

TEACHER: Jeff and Scott
THEME: Devotion 2: Kung-Fu Self-Hugging or Loving the Entire Vibrating Body Backwards in Stillness and in Motion
MEDITATION: I Love the Feeling of Having a Body
GROUP PRACTICE: Yoga Magic

OG’s Scott Davis will work his yoga magic as we move very slowly and deliberately into accessible and archetypally-charged postures, feeling the wonder and grace of each pose. Man I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but listen, this month is about devotion, there’s no getting around the sincerity piece. All I can say is, when you give yourself to something with openness and, yes, with sincerity, you access places more interesting than the usual arid landscapes of the Age of Irony.

I Love the Feeling of Having a Body, the itchy breathy vibrating pulse of it. The benefits of meditation accelerate NOT when certain experiences happen, but when a certain attitude to all experience happens. In this sit, we practice experiencing all sensations as a kind of intelligent caress

Grrr…. Couple Battle! How to Not Scupper Your Every Kind of Relationship

TEACHER: Jeff Warren and Degan
THEME: Grrr…. Couple Battle! How to Not Scupper Your Every Kind of Relationship;
MEDITATION: Down and Dirty with the Emotional Body, Part Deux;
GROUP PRACTICE: In relationship, there are folks who do the walking

Sometimes, walking right over you. And there are folks who do the door matting – sometimes, door matting right under you! And then there are folks who walk like an Egyptian. That’s right Bangles fans. For this group practice, we’ll be rocking the meditation hall with the era’s best walking songs, as we explore each others’ passive vs aggressive walking styles, trying them on for size even as we ourselves are sized up. Life is hilarious that I get to do this shit.

My Emotional Body Wants to Run Away and/or Punch you in the Face!

TEACHERS: Jeff Warren and Degan
THEME: My Emotional Body Wants to Run Away and/or Punch you in the Face!
MEDITATION: Down and Dirty with the Emotional Body, Part Un;
GROUP PRACTICE: Exploring the Assertiveness Continuum

A big line crosses the room – at one end, passiveness, at the other, aggressiveness. Somewhere in the middle (or maybe it’s orthogonal) is healthy assertiveness. Using various playful social scenarios, we’ll explore how you are an unconscious pinball machine of secret reactivity. Then we introduce you to your unflinching inner samurai, and send you into the night to confidently bum smokes off God / Reality / Nature.

Boundaries

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Boundaries
MEDITATION: Boundary self-space yo-yo machinery
GROUP PRACTICE: Yes it’s true – your boundaries are dysfunctional.

Too rigid. Too porous. Too superball springy, so that huggers bounce off you and end up hugging the random person behind them. Or maybe your boundaries are super healthy, in which case you can show me what that looks like, cause I have no idea. Remember: just because we’re having fun doesn’t mean we’re not learning anything.

La Fin du Siècle: What about plasma?

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: La Fin du Siècle: What about plasma? Anyway I’m sick of this metaphor – let’s do nothing
MEDITATION: OK
GROUP PRACTICE: Ionized Star Guts Lava-Lamp and Mixed Tape Secret State-change Induction Ceremony.

We’ll get every single pillow and bolster from the storage area and throw them in a huge pile and then lounge on them as if it were a den in the 70s and listen to this great mixed tape I made. Relaxing with pals, listening to music, turning into plasma, whatever that is. What could be better?

Sensory Experience the Third: I Done Goned Away

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Sensory Experience the Third: I Done Goned Away
MEDITATION: Just Note Gone
GROUP PRACTICE: I have no idea

Something awesome and gaseous I made up that day. Maybe we’ll talk about some of the bullshit out there around ENLIGHTENMENT and ohhh STREAM-ENTRY and trying to get somewhere. Cause you can / can’t! It’s a paradox. The head-fuckeries of deep practice. Or maybe we’ll explore what scares us about practice, all this talk of disappearing … Can I let myself disappear? Am I willing to die? Wait – die?!? Who said anything about dying? My equanimity is disturbed – get me out of this cult! Which leads to …

Sensory Experience Part Deux: Flow

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Ok things are getting a big bubbly and vibratory, wow dude you were right;
MEDITATION: Sensory Experience Part Deux: Flow;
GROUP PRACTICE: But can I flow in a group

With other people looking at my crooked teeth? This one will be a walking practice – a group moon-walking practice. For reals. How smooth can you walk? Can you walk in flow, liquid and frictionless, smooth like Michael Jackson, before he melted his own face off? Let’s see what happens.

Sensory Experience 1: Solid and Liquid

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: I am hard
MEDITATION: Sensory Experience 1: Solid and Liquid;
GROUP PRACTICE: Tough gal / guy tickle fight.

Words tickling via a conversation about your STUPID LIFE STRATEGIES. Strategy will battle strategy for cage match domination, and guess what? Softness and love wins. Haha.

The Way of Surrender

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Way of Surrender
MEDITATION: Just Sitting
GROUP PRACTICE:  I Give Up – and Look How Much that Made me Love You!

Fitting to end with Zen – Soto Zen, sotto voce, a soft surrender. Dogen called it “practice enlightenment.” Forget getting anywhere – where could you go? You’re already here. In a very real sense, we are all of us already awake; we just need to practice the truth of this. We do so in the way we hold our posture – composed, accepting, not actively meditating but being meditated. Our poor fontal lobes – seizured like fists with their will-to-power scenarios. Fuck it. Unclench. Soften and trust. We prepare the ground in sitting, and then, as we prepare to say goodbye for the summer, we express this same acceptance in community. We fall in love with each other, again and again and again.

The Way of Emptiness

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Way of Emptiness
MEDITATION: Opening Up to the Possibility of An Infinite Object
GROUP PRACTICE:  TBD.

Back to Buddhism now, to what many snobs consider the pinnacle of Buddhist practice: Mahamudra, the “Great Seal” of the mountain-hopping Tibetan lamas, pointing their fingers to the sky as they zoom around on flying carpets fighting epic battles with hideous demons, all in a savage loving non-existent way. This is a top-down practice, where we orient to the essential nature of mind, never quite seeing or hearing or feeling it, for all seeing and hearing and feeling involves tangible contact with something, and true awareness is … well, nothing at all. No, this way does not lie insanity, although you may drool a bit in the corner. This can actually be quite a soothing practice if we ease our expectations and “hold the direction” – following the pointed finger out and out and out…