Dancing with Hope & Fear: Materialism & Meditation with Frank Berliner
October 8–10, 2010
The focus of this particular weekend will be on the power of materialism, the self-deceptions in our motivation to begin spiritual practice, the ultimate hopelessness of ego’s project to attain enlightenment, and the practices of basic mindfulness and awareness.
We all want happiness, and usually seek it in what we imagine will give us lasting security or comfort. But whether in the form of possessions, status, relationships, cherished beliefs, or meaningful experiences, it never really lasts. Yet we keep trying, only to find ourselves alone in an ongoing struggle between our hope and our fear. Whether we call ourselves worldly or spiritual people, this struggle is essentially the same. Yet our longing for happiness is real, and deeply human. It is worthy of respect. And our materialism is an understandable– even if misguided– strategy to fulfill this longing.
What, if anything, lies beyond this seemingly unresolvable dilemma? And how does the practice of meditation address these deep existential issues? How does it satisfy this longing? We will explore these themes through guided meditation and instruction, lectures, discussion, poetry, and excerpts from Frank’s memoir of his experiences with Chogyam Trungpa, Falling in Love with a Buddha. Frank will also give individual or group interviews to each participant, depending on enrollment.
We welcome both new and experienced meditators to this powerful weekend.
Frank Berliner is an Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, where he teaches both Buddhist and Western Existential psychology and the practice of meditation to BA and MA students. He has studied and practiced meditation for more than thirty-five years as a close student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Over a twelve-year period he served as national director of Shambhala Training, and executive director and resident teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Center. Frank is also a psychotherapist and life coach in private practice in Boulder.
Frank Berliner is an associate professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University. He became a student of the Vidyadhara in 1974 and later served as the national director of Shambhala Training, and executive director and resident teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center. Frank is also a psychotherapist and life coach in Boulder, Colorado.
Financial aid is available for this program.