San Francisco Satsang

Mondays from 7-9pm
Quaker Meeting House (map)
65 9th St. between Market & Mission

Next satsang:
September 11, 25
October 2, 23

Santa Cruz Satsang

One Saturday a Month, 11am – 1pm
Pacific Cultural Center (map)
1307 Seabright Avenue
(in the Studio around back)

Next satsang:
September 16

Novato
Satsang

Unity in Marin will host Jon in Novato

When:  Thursday, October 19, 7-9pm

Where:  Unity in Marin
600 Palm Dr, Novato (map)

San Rafael Satsang

Open Circle Center will host Jon in San Rafael

When:  December 12,
7-9pm

Where:  Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael  (map)

Calendar

 

September

Sept 9       Tiburon Satsang

Sept 11      San Francisco Satsang

Sept 25      San Francisco Satsang

Other 2017

Oct 2          San Francisco Satsang

Oct 7           Sebastopol Intensive

Oct 19         Novato Satsang

Oct 23         San Francisco Satsang

Nov 2 – 5     Fall Retreat at Santa Sabina

Dec 12         San Rafael Satsang

2018

Jan 27          El Cerrito Intensive

Mar 24 – 31   Molokai 7-day Retreat

May 3 – 6    Spring Retreat at Santa Sabina

Nov 1 – 4    Fall Retreat at Santa Sabina

[Events are added as they become confirmed]

What Happens at Satsang?

Satsang begins with 30 – 40 minutes of silent sitting. About this, Jon says: “During sitting, I invite you simply to feel exactly what you’re feeling, to sense exactly what you’re sensing, right now – and then drop the ‘I’ that’s perceiving it. Simply be that awareness. Whatever is present right now, even if it’s something painful – that is the doorway. And that doorway will open by itself. Ego can try to open it, but ego, even in the act of trying to be open, is actually holding on.

“So by being in the body or relaxing, maybe feeling the breath or resting your feet on the ground, you can simply allow what is without looking for what isn’t; without looking for the experience of so-called awakening. Because awakening is fundamentally what we are, it can’t be achieved or even found. It can only reveal itself.

“It is also important to drop any attempt to control and manipulate your experience, particularly your thinking. Generally if you attempt to stop thinking, that’s just going to be a struggle, a holding on, that creates more contraction. Fortunately, you don’t have to stop the thinking; just let the thinking think. The mental realm just does what it does — let it. But instead of putting your energy and attention into thinking, just gently redirect your attention into sensing, breathing, resting.

“Thoughts will still arise, but you just don’t get involved in them. Just as importantly, you also don’t try to push them away. Any attempt at manipulation is a kind of control, and that’s what obscures the truth, always. And when your energy is no longer going into the thinking mind, it will gradually quiet by itself. As Jean Klein often said, the mind eventually gives up.”

Following the sitting, there is dialogue. “Sometimes you need a little help to welcome what is. So we have dialogue. We have the dialogue of presence, which can help you stay available to what you may not want to be available for, or may not even be conscious of, in this moment. In satsang we have the opportunity to look at what is, what’s present, what’s coming up. Not because we want to figure it out, but simply because it is what’s coming up.

“Our dialogue is not an intellectual pursuit. Dialogue here is a vehicle for letting go into our true nature – that’s its only purpose. It’s not an attempt to construct a system of thought or belief – opening to our true nature deconstructs belief. And if you’re still struggling or holding on to something, that’s fine, we can still have a dialogue. Wherever you are is fine – it’s the only place you can be! That may seem rather simple, but actually, if you really get that, it may be the only thing you need to get.”