Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

Walking With Hanshan: A Four-Session Online Class

Walking with Hanshan: The Poetry of Cold Mountain
I would like to invite you to join me for an online series beginning in just a few weeks in early September. We will be engaging the poetry of the Hermit Hanshan, or Cold Mountain, using the wonderful new translation of Hanshan’s poetry offered to us by Kaz Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Their new volume, The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan (Shambhala. 2018) will be a guide for our time together.
Here is the link for complete information and registration for the class meetings. We will have 4 class meetings, roughly once a month from early September through late November. I will host the class online via Zoom and we will meet on Tuesday evenings Austin time (7:00 - 8:30 PM). The dates for our meetings are September 3, September 24, October 29, and November 26. The classes will be audio recorded and will be available later in case you miss a class or want to refer back to any discussions.
Hopefully we will have students join us from all Appamada-related sanghas in West Texas, Madison, Minneapolis, the UK, and other locations. Unfortunately the class will begin early in the UK and Europe (6:00 AM on Wednesday mornings in the UK and 7:00 AM in Europe). I would not necessarily expect students there to be with us online and I apologize for the early start. If you would like to join us you will be able to access the recordings and enter into any online discussions or forums we might establish. Having small groups gather the share the experience of each meeting might be enjoyable.
Please access the link for more detailed information and registration. Please note that classes such as this are ways in which we are able to offer the dharma, encourage spiritual friendship within the larger sangha, and also raise funds necessary for the continuation of Appamada. We depend on these offerings to support the operations of our community and we deeply appreciate your generosity through your registration.
With a warm bow,

Flint


Scanning the green slopes below,

I discuss the profound principle with the white cloud.

Though the feeling of the wild is in mountains and waters, truly,

I long for a companion of the way.

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Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Walking With Hanshan: Class #2

This is the second in a 4-part series. Check the September 3 event for more information. Registration will be closed after that initial class.

Please enjoy the text: The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan. Translated by  Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Shambhala. 2018

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Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Walking With Hanshan: Class #3

This is the third in a 4-part series. Check the September 3 event for more information. Registration will be closed after that initial class.

Please enjoy the text: The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan. Translated by  Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Shambhala. 2018

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Nov
13
to Nov 17

Teaching in Australia!

I am blessed to have received a warm invitation from my friend, fellow dharma brother, and Hakomi practitioner Anton Eastick, to travel to Melbourne, Australia this coming November. This will be my first visit to Australia to teach and I am very grateful fo the opportunity. I will be offering a shared dharma talk on the Wednesday evening, a public presentation of the integrated Appamada approach to practice on Friday evening, a workshop/retreat on Saturday exploring the Zen Practice Path, and another day of workshop/retreat experimenting with the Hakomi Way as spiritual practice. For more detailed information go to Anton’s site, The Dharma Path.

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Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Walking With Hanshan: Class #4

This is the final class in a 4-part series. Check the September 3 event for more information. Registration will be closed after that initial class.

Please enjoy the text: The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan. Translated by  Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Shambhala. 2018

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Jun
13
to Jun 20

Embodied Mindfulness: The Hakomi Way As Spiritual Practice

Donna and Flint are leaders in the evolution of the Hakomi Method. Trusted by Ron Kurtz, its creator, as legacy holders and impeccably loyal to his vision, they present the Hakomi Method at its best in depth and multidimensional potential. Having led retreats for more than 20 years, and sharing a background as therapists and teachers, they masterly hold a space for self exploration and growth in the land of Molokai, at Hui Ho’olana Retreat Center, which, from magnificent skies and natural landscape to attentive service and wonderful meals, provides a perfect container for this special experience.

Donna Martin has been a student and teacher of yoga and meditation for almost fifty years. An international Hakomi trainer, Donna has taught Hakomi and the Practice of Loving Presence (psychotherapy as spiritual practice) at various centers all over the world. Together, Donna and Flint offer an integral approach combining physical, emotional, and spiritual health practices.

For information about registration for this event, please contact Shelley Winton (wintonshelley@gmail.com) or Maru Serrano (marukipajaro@gmail.com)

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Jul
13
to Jul 17

Cape Cod Summer Institute

Growing Up and Waking Up: Applied Mindfulness in Psychotherapy and Buddhist Practice

Everyone wants to be free from unnecessary suffering. This was the Buddha’s only concern, and every practice he taught served to encourage the liberation of a clear mind and a warm heart. The relief of emotional suffering is also the focus of contemporary psychotherapy, and the wide range of techniques now available all serve this important goal. How are we, then, to understand these ancient mindfulness practices alongside the new and very potent methods for emotional and relational healing? Both approaches are profoundly transformative, and when skillfully woven together they pave the way for increased vitality and a deeper sense of peace, freeing the burden of unnecessary suffering. Such an integrated approach shows us how to grow up and wake up to who and what we truly are. The week will be geared toward understanding the function of mindfulness as the core practice that links both paths to greater well-being. Each day we will explore these integrated teachings and actively engage in mindful practices to experientially taste their potential.

Throughout the week we will be drawing primarily on two methods of contemporary psychotherapy–Hakomi and Internal Family Systems. These remarkably skillful approaches weave together applied mindfulness with an understanding of the multiplicity of mind in ways that reveal the Buddha’s teachings as practical tools for personal and relational transformation. We will examine the ways in which our everyday sense of “self” emerges and is sustained, how the contraction of conditioning leads to unnecessary suffering, how assisted self-discovery in mindfulness opens us beyond our habits toward greater possibilities for freedom, and how being led from the deepest source of wisdom and compassion supports practical human maturity. Along with reviewing the foundations of these two therapeutic models, our investigation will draw on perspectives from child development, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and contemplative psychology.  We will also look at the ways contemporary systems research and the Buddha’s teachings on mutual causality reveal the centrality of relationship in healing unnecessary suffering. Ultimately, we will investigate the ways that attention to relationality and mutual care opens the way to a life of freedom and joy. This is the embodiment of the Buddha’s essential teachings and is in support of freedom from unnecessary suffering for all beings.

For more information contact the Cape Cod Summer Institute

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