San Francisco Satsang

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

Schedule:

June 13th, 27th

July 11th, 18th

August 8th,

Sept 12th

“The nature of your true self is Being.”  ~Jon

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Santa Cruz Satsang

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

Schedule:

June 18th

July 9th

Sept 10th

Novato Satsang

Unity in Marin will host Jon in June.

When:  Thursday, June 23rd, 7-9pm

@Unity in Marin (map)

Please join us for an evening of silent sitting and dialogue at this lovely and comfortable location!

Jon and nun at SF #2

Berkeley Satsang

chocmat_halev_thumbOpen Circle Center will host Jon in Berkeley.

When:  Sunday, July 17th
7—9pm

Where:  Chochmat HaLev
2215 Prince St, Berkeley (map)

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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.

Calendar

June

13      San Francisco Satsang

18      Santa Cruz Satsang

23      Novato Satsang

27      San Francisco Satsang

July

9         Santa Cruz Satsang

11        San Francisco Satsang

17        Berkeley Satsang

18        San Francisco Satsang

28       Novato Satsang

30       Tiburon Daylong Retreat

August

8          San Francisco Satsang

(no Santa Cruz satsang in August)

September

10         Santa Cruz Satsang

12         San Francisco Satsang

24         Tiburon Satsang

Other 2016

Oct 8         Santa Cruz Daylong Retreat

Oct 13       Novato Satsang

Nov 3 – 6  Fall Retreat in San Rafael, CA

2017

Jan 28       East Bay Intensive

March 25-April 1   Molokai 7-day Retreat

May 4 – 7    Spring Retreat at Santa Sabina 2017

Nov 2 – 5     Fall Retreat at Santa Sabina 2017

[Events are added as they become confirmed]