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Tikkun Salon with Jack Petranker and Ron Purser

The Tikkun Salon April 14 will explore the surge of interest in Buddhist-originated but American-adapted forms of mindfulness. Presenters will be Jack Petranker and Ronald Purser. Read details below and be sure to register if you want to come — this takes place in Berkeley in the living room of Cat Zavis, executive director of the interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives and Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun (space is limited). To register: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/525/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=100429

2018 Full Presence Mindfulness Retreat in California
UPDATE: This retreat is now full (except for those who wish to camp). All further registrations will be put on a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding and for your enthusiasm!

There is a five-day retreat as part of the FPM program. Participation in the retreat is required for everyone doing teacher training. The retreat is also open to individuals who have at least a year’s experience with TSK, mindfulness, or meditation, with consent of the instructor. To obtain consent of the instructor, please contact us.

Retreat Details

The retreat will be held from May 20-25 at Roseman Creek Ranch, located in Gualala, California. It’s about a 3-hour drive north of the Bay Area, off a dirt road close to the coast highway (Highway 1).

The Ranch is owned by Katie Pence-Robbins, a friend of the community who has also participated in part of the FPM training. She is also doing all the cooking (vegetarian), including her famous breads. All income from the retreat will go to support the Odiyan Country Center.

Roseman Creek Ranch is a hand-crafted structure, built with loving care. It is off the grid (meaning that it generates its own power, though there are backup generators if needed). It sleeps 11, and there is quite a bit of room for camping for those who would like to economize or just like being outdoors under the beautiful night sky. Some rooms are private; others are not: register early to get your choice. For campers, there is a really nice outdoor shower. Weather in May should be perfect, though these days we can’t make any guarantees. We will arrange transportation once we know who’s coming.

The retreat starts with dinner on the 20th and ends mid-morning on the 25th. We will follow a retreat structure similar to those of TSK retreats in the past.

May 20

Orientation and Introduction: 7:30-9:00 PM

May 21-24

Optional early morning Kum Nye practice session
Morning session: 3 hours, with a half hour break
Afternoon session: 2 hours, with a short break
Evening session: 1 ½ hours.

May 25

Closing session after breakfast

Retreatants will take turns helping with kitchen cleanup and possibly food preparation.

Most sessions, except in the evenings, will be silent; we will decide together if meals are silent. Since this retreat is part of the teacher training, participants will be invited to lead or co-lead some sessions, and there will be opportunities for feedback.

Costs: $675; $375 for camping. Discounts are available for those with limited financial resources; please inquire.

Registration Form – WAITING LIST

Please note that your registration is not finalized until payment is received.

TSK Anniversary Celebration

In December 1977, Tarthang Tulku published Time, Space, and Knowledge: A New Vision of Reality. It was a landmark event: the first time ever that a Tibetan lama presented profound teachings independent of the Buddhist tradition to the West.
Over the next several years, intensive programs in the TSK Vision were held in Berkeley, Arizona, and elsewhere. Since then, five more TSK books by Tarthang Tulku have appeared, along with 8 books in the Perspectives on TSK series.
The TSK teachings have had a truly transformative effect on the students who have engaged them. Today, classes, online programs, and retreats based on the TSK Vision continue to be offered worldwide.
JOIN US ON DECEMBER 10, 2017 to celebrate this powerful teaching, learn about its origins, and reflect with senior teachers on how the TSK Vision can grow in the years to come.
This event was livestreamed: view the video below.