SAND17US: The Emergent Universe
Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA
Wednesday October 18 – Sunday October 22, 2017
Join Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND) for a 5-day immersive experience where leading scientists, philosophers and spiritual teachers gather to explore a new understanding of who we really are, both as individuals and as a society. Join us for 2 days of pre-conference workshops followed by a 3-day conference filled with talks, panels, meditation, performances, music and dance.
Tao gives birth to one,
One gives birth to two,
Two gives birth to three,
Three gives birth to ten thousand beings.
~ Tao Te Ching
Quarks in an atom; molecules in a liquid; proteins in a cell; cells in an organism; neurons in a brain; people in a city; grains of sand in a dune; snowflakes in an avalanche; stars in a galaxy: when the many parts of a system interact, behaviors appear in the whole system that weren’t present in the parts themselves. These surprising “emergent” behaviors are what our universe appears to be made of, from the Big Bang, to the unfathomable complexity of Life, to the unimaginable future yet to come.
Biology isn’t applied chemistry. Psychology isn’t applied biology. Every scale, every level of abstraction brings its own universe of phenomena, complexity, questions, hypotheses, exploration and experimentation. The whole is not only greater than the sum of its parts, it is fundamentally different. Analysis and reductionism can only provide limited insights, never capture the essence of the indescribable.
Join us to contemplate who we are, as individuals, as societies, as humanity, as cosmos from the perspective of emergence, listen to what science and the timeless wisdom traditions can tell us, and surrender to the awe which emerges when the mind gives up.
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Coming Home to the Core of Your Being: Resting in Silence with Amoda Maa
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA
sunday december 3 – thursday december 7, 2017
Experience a cutting-edge perspective on spiritual inquiry. Amoda Maa, a contemporary spiritual teacher and author, offers profound pointers to truth that go beyond spiritual tradition or ideology. This introduction to Amoda’s teachings invites you to rest in the silent core of your being. The retreat is a preparation for the winter season, a pruning away of the non-essential to discover what is real and shining as the essence of everything. When you come home to silence, you have the opportunity to experience true abundance and gratitude.
Presenting a fresh, feminine expression of awakened consciousness, this program includes talks by Amoda, time for contemplation, question and answer sessions, and silent and guided meditation. Everyone is welcome, including newcomers to Amoda’s teachings and those more familiar with her work.
Recommended reading Amoda Maa, Embodied Enlightenment: Living Your Awakening in Every Moment.
Note This retreat will be conducted in social silence (speaking only when necessary) outside of program sessions.
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