Each of us represents the leading edge of an evolving life-form that has been shaped by countless conditions. These conditions have resulted in the body we have now, the language we speak, the traumas and suffering we endure, the beauty we share, and our thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears. We are embedded in conditionality.
But as long as our view of reality is limited by the conditions that shape us, that view will be held within the logic of conditionality and duality — a logic that divides what is into polarities of matter-spirit, self-other, good-bad, like-don’t like, etc. The great majority of humans never glimpse beyond this logic, at least not until the death of the body.
The intention of this Open Path retreat is to provide a space in which we can release our fixations on the logic of duality, and open ourselves to a view of reality that is beyond that logic. This nondual “view” is not something that can be put into words — it can only be revealed in the uninterpreted freshness of the moment. In that revelation, if we are lucky, we will be blessed with intimation of the divine joyousness of the cosmos — the intimate bliss that pervades all being. Blessed like that, our relationships are enlivened, our commitment to serving others and the earth is deepened, and we can live without fear.
This Joyous Cosmology retreat is intended for those who have participated in an Open Path retreat or training, or who are familiar with other nondual approaches to spiritual awakening, such as Advaita, Zen, Dzogchen, Sufi, Christian or Jewish mysticism. Newcomers are also welcome, but should be prepared to “dive into the deep end of the pool.”
The retreat will begin at 10 AM, Friday morning, January 22, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, January 24.