San Francisco Satsang

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

Schedule:

May 11, 25

June 8, 15, 29

July 13

Santa Cruz Satsang

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

Schedule:

June 13

July 11

Online Satsang

Jon on Skype

Work with Jon remotely in a small group setting. Limited to 7 participants.

When:

Wednesday, June 3rd
11am – 1pm (PDT)

Wednesday, July 1st
11am – 1pm (PDT)

Learn more and register here

San Rafael Satsang

falkirk_thumbMarin Open Circle will host Jon in San Rafael.

When:  Tuesday, July 28th

7—9pm

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

Tiburon Satsang

Jon will offer satsang in Tiburon in May.

When:  Sat., May 30

11am—1pm

Where: Community Congregational Church
145 Rock Hill Dr, Tiburon (map)

Satsang Podcasts

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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

May 2015

25     San Francisco Satsang

30     Tiburon Satsang

June 2015

3     Satsang for 7 via Skype

8     San Francisco Satsang

13    Santa Cruz Satsang

15    San Francisco Satsang

20    Sebastopol Intensive

29    San Francisco Satsang

July 2015

1     Satsang for 7 via Skype

11    Santa Cruz Satsang

13    San Francisco Satsang

18    Tiburon Satsang

24    Satsang for 7 via Skype

28    San Rafael Satsang

 

Oct 3     Santa Cruz Intensive

Nov. 5-8   Fall Retreat in San Rafael CA

2016

March 26 – April 2     Molokai Retreat, Hawaii

April 28 – May 1     Spring Retreat in San Rafael CA

 

[Events are added as they become confirmed].