Meditation and Mysticism 2011


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:: Softening: Live Art/Meditation
:: With One Voice, A documentary of mysticism

Softening: A Live Art Event/You Meditating


Softening Meditation A Live Softening Art Meditation Event

Saturdays and Sundays
January 15 & 16: 10am-6pm
January 22 & 23: 10am-6pm
Location: around the corner from the SFBC, at Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia Street (map)

Why not meet a friend in the sangha this weekend, and then do nothing together...at the ATA window on Valencia Street? There will be the chance Saturdays and Sundays, January 15-23. Check it out!
Email Suvarnaprabha suvanna@sfbuddhistcenter.org for more info.

Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

This one time upon the earth,
let's not speak any language,
let's stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be a delicious moment,
without hurry, without locomotives,
all of us would be together
in a sudden strangeness.

The fishermen in the cold sea
would do no harm to the whales
and the peasant gathering salt
would look at his torn hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars of gas, wars of fire,
victories without survivors,
would put on clean clothing
and would walk alongside their brothers
in the shade, without doing a thing.

What I want shouldn't be confused
with final inactivity:
life alone is what matters,
I want nothing to do with death.

If we weren't unanimous
about keeping our lives so much in motion,
if we could do nothing for once,
perhaps a great silence would
interrupt this sadness,
this never understanding ourselves
and threatening ourselves with death,

perhaps the earth is teaching us
when everything seems to be dead
and then everything is alive.

Now I will count to twelve
and you keep quiet and I'll go.

Softening Meditation
Softening Meditation

Screening: Awaken to the Reality that Unites Us All


With One Voice
With One Voice

Sunday, January 16, 6pm at Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia Street (map)

Friday, March 4, 8:15pm at SF Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street (map)

There is no charge for these screenings but donations (to cover our costs) are welcome.

Only in recent times has it been possible to make the world’s vast spiritual teachings available to a global audience, and to create a dialogue between its most revered teachers. Now, for the first time, they appear together in one film; their comments woven together in a provocative tapestry of wisdom and promise. Call it The Absolute, God, Divine Reality, or any of the other identifiers human language has attached to it, mystics speak of one unifying thread that links and transcends all peoples and all religions.

Created by Buddhist teacher Matthew Flickstein, this 78-minute documentary features awakened teachers address profound questions about life and love, the existence of God, the path to spiritual awakening and the way to true peace in the world. Through their words and compelling presence, they ask us to look within our own hearts and listen deeply, so we too can join the conversation and speak With One Voice.

More information: withonevoicedocumentary.org

Mystics featured:

  • A. Hameed Ali (Ridhwan School);
  • Ajahn Amaro (Theravada Buddhism);
  • Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (Theravada Buddhism);
  • Brother David Steindl-Rast (Christianity);
  • Derek Lin (Taoism);
  • Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé (Shamanism);
  • Dr. Mohammad Faghfoory (Islam);
  • Father Thomas Keating (Christianity);
  • Gangaji (Lineage of Sri H.W.L. Poonja);
  • Grandmother Lillian Pitawanakwat (First Nations People);
  • Joan Halifax, Roshi (Zen Buddhism);
  • John Daido Loori, Roshi (Zen Buddhism);
  • John Milton (Shamanism);
  • Joseph Goldstein (Theravada Buddhism);
  • Marcelle Martin (Quakerism);
  • Joan Halifax, Roshi (Zen Buddhism);
  • Rabbi David Cooper (Judaism);
  • Reb Zalman Schacter Shalomi (Judaism);
  • Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (Isha Yoga);
  • Sheikha Fariha al Jerrahi (Sufism);
  • Swami Karunananda (Integral Yoga);
  • Wayne Liquorman (Advaita);
  • Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (Tibetan Buddhism);