Restoring Balance

Vision

Full Presence Mindfulness is about having access to the full range of what we experience. From the ways we connect and feel, to what our senses take in, how we make sense of the world, and the values we enact in the world. Awareness of the systems that shape this society is one aspect of our experience, the thoughts and judgments that preoccupy us is another, and felt connections and shared intention are others.

 

The issues in our time demand new responses and new vision. As the program unfolds, you will learn how to cut through distraction, deal with emotionality and diffuse conflict, develop your understanding of the systems at play in our society and how you can be more engaged, and how to work cooperatively with others for results to emerge that are consistent with what the situation calls for. By learning to see in a more holistic and systems-centered way, you can be more effective at acting on your values.

Overview

The program consists of 18 weeks of material, which we split into three 6 week phases – Grounding in Experience, The Self and its Stories, and The Mindful Community. There will be weekly classes on Thursday evenings, led by Jack and Adrian. These classes will focus primarily on the Full Presence Mindfulness approach. Class sessions will combine practice, theory, and discussion. You will be asked to commit to a daily sitting practice.


In addition to the weekly gatherings there will be two workshops per phase and a one-day retreat on phase one and three. The workshops introduce a system-oriented view toward issues in our time that demand new responses and new vision. We will explore Full Presence as a resource for working with complexity, embodying our intention and promoting change.


Each workshop will consist of two 2-hour sessions, followed by an hour-long session that integrates the material presented with the themes of the program. Workshops will be led by outside presenters highly experienced in their field.

The workshops can be taken independently of the program. The first six weeks (which includes two Saturday workshops) can be taken independently as an introduction to the Full Presence approach to mindfulness.


There will also be drop ins offered where you can come and practice at the Mangalam Center.

Themes and Program Elements

This is a fluid agenda, so the topic arrangement may change

Module 1

Grounding
in Experience

MODULE ONE focuses on grounding experience in the body and senses. It invites replacing our usual habit of putting the self at the center of experience with a focus on the field of experience as a whole. Module 1 stands on its own as an introduction to the benefits of mindful presence, and can be taken independently.

Saturday Workshop 1

Get Real: How understanding group dynamics can help with transforming systems   – We are Open Circle

Saturday Workshop 2

Intro to systems thinking and interconnectedness – Samuel Gonzalez with Sweet Livity

Module 2

The Self
and its Stories

MODULE TWO looks at how we shape our experience through stories and thoughts. It offers ways to integrate our lives by taking charge of how we make sense of the world. By focusing on the story-structure itself, it gives us effective ways of dealing with negative emotions, implicit bias, and polarizing judgments. On the social level, it gives us ways to interrogate the structures that actively shape our society..

Saturday Workshop 1

Climate Emergency and the Story of Capitalism – Facilitator TBA

Saturday Workshop 2

Structural Racism and the Story of Race – Facilitator TBA

Module 3

The Mindful Community

MODULE THREE looks at the deeper intentions that guide our lives and the prospects for building intentional communities. It introduces ways to let our highest values infuse our actions, connect more deeply with our world, and build healthy relationships with others.

Saturday Workshop 1

Beyond Identity – Facilitator TBA

Saturday Workshop 2

Collective Resilience or Panel on Communities – Facilitator TBA

Teacher Training

For those who would like to share the benefits of Full Presence Mindfulness (FPM), we offer a Teacher Training Program open to those who complete the 18 week program. It requires another another 6-9 months of classes, practice, and mentored teaching, as well as submission of writing assignments. For those interested, more information will be made available separately.

Benefits of Joining this Program

The FPM Training offers benefits on both the personal and social levels.
  • At the personal level, you will learn how to live with more appreciation and greater clarity, less caught up in emotionality and better able to deal with stress and anxiety.
  • In terms of what is happening in our society right now, you will gain a better understanding of the forces driving us toward disaster. You will learn what it means to live in community with others and with our sheltering world.
  • For activists, FPM will give you new resources for working effectively on causes you care about. This is not just about gaining resilience, but about operating out of deeper understanding and penetrating commitment.
  • The workshops will introduce you to leading thinkers and activists and give you new ways of looking at the systems that are generating the pressing problems of our time: inequality, social justice, the climate emergency, dehumanization, and more.
  • You will share the program with an intimate cohort making meaningful connections.
FPM offers value to anyone whose aims align with these goals. It will be of special interest and value for those who already have some grounding in mindfulness, yoga, or meditation practice.

Origins of FPM/About the Teachers:

FPM grows out of teachings developed for the West by Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku, who came to America  in 1968. In 1977, he presented a new vision of reality, known as the “Time Space Knowledge Vision” (TSK). The new vision had as its goal “the liberation of the modern mind.” Secular and highly experiential, the vision has been developed in six books and countless courses, retreats, and programs. It offers a secular path that is independent of Buddhism.

Starting in 2014, Jack Petranker, a close student of Tarthang Tulku and the editor/author of 11 books on the TSK Vision, drew on the insights and practices of the TSK Vision to develop Full Presence Mindfulness (FPM). Although it shares certain practices with secular mindfulness programs, FPM introduces a far-reaching, non-dual understanding that transforms mindfulness practice from the outset. The practice of full presence is available in every moment, and it offers creative insight into the urgent needs of our time.

Jack has over 40 years of experience teaching meditation, mindfulness, Buddhist thought, and explorations in consciousness. In addition to teaching FPM, Jack is a practicing Buddhist and meditation teacher, as well as a lawyer. He holds degrees from Stanford, Yale and the University of California, Berkeley.

Adrian Roman, a latinx community builder and a student of Jack Petranker, will be co-facilitating this program. Adrian began his meditation journey at the Mangalam Center in 2014 as a full time residential work/practice student. Since graduating from the Full Presence Mindfulness teacher training program, he has completed an additional year of FPM teacher training study and is currently co-facilitating an FPM course. He has a background in Philosophy and has learned much about facilitation through ‘We Are Open Circle’. In March 2020 he graduates from the Next Economy MBA through Lift Economy, which studies the systems at play in our society and how to respond for our Next Economy.

Cost

The cost for the full, 18-week program is offered at a sliding scale $750 – 2000. The program was designed as a whole, but the first six weeks can be taken independently as an introduction to the Full Presence approach to mindfulness. The cost for only the first six weeks is a sliding scale of $250-700 (this includes the two Saturday workshops for those six weeks).

For anyone who identify as POC, we offer a 50% scholarship. Our intention in offering the 50% off for people of color is to recognize historic institutional racism and how society has created an imbalance of opportunity. No one is turned away due to a lack of funds. Please reach out to Adrian@mangalamcenter.com if you have questions regarding finances.

Module two and three are given together and are only available if you take the first module. You can return next term to take module two and three and pick up where you left off.

Option #1 – Pay in full for the training:  $750 – 2000 (%50 off for POC)

Option #2 – Pay for the first six weeks: $250 – 700 (%50 off for POC)

Option #3 – If you are more comfortable paying in installments, please reach out to adrian@mangalamcenter.com and we can set something up.

Dates, Times, Location:

Mangalam Center 2018 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704

Thursdays 6:30-8pm

March 12 – April 23 – Grounding in Experience

May 7 – June 11 – The Self and its Stories

September 10 – October 15 – The Mindful Community

October 23-26 – retreat

The retreat is separate from the full program cost and will be available to those who have completed the program. It will be offered at a sliding scale – TBD depending on our costs.

Workshops will be on Saturdays (exact dates TBD) from 10-4:30

Events and Workshops

2/20 – Evening talk and introduction to FPM 

2/22 – Morning workshop on FPM

 2/27 – Program Webinar