On this week-long Pragmatic Dharma Meditation Retreat, led by Kenneth Folk and Vincent Horn, you'll have the rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to uninterrupted practice in a community of peers. This will be a silent retreat with occasional periods of social meditation, so that we can include both our inner and outer experience. When we practice deeply together, enlightenment becomes a team sport.
In this workshop we’ll explore both the practice of mindfulness meditation (“noticing what you’re sensing in real-time”) and awareness meditation (“discovering the simple feeling of being”).
Mindful Awareness is the coming together of active investigation and effortless being. It enables the ability to differentiate what’s arising in your experiential field while also resting in complete awareness of it all. When one can move between mindfulness and awareness, fluidly blending the two modes together, it’s possible to become more free and resilient in response to life.
During this 3-hour workshop, lead by Vincent Horn, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in guided & social meditation practices, while exploring these two approaches to meditation and how they can be integrated.
Waking up with Psychedelics will no doubt be an honest discussion and potentially controversial evening. This event explores whether there is a meritorious relationship existing between ancient wisdom traditions and psychedelics. Are mind-altering substances a legitimate means of personal transformation?
It’s inarguable that many Westerners have found spirituality through the use of psychoactive substances. It’s also true that practitioners with established contemplative disciplines incorporate mind-expanding plant medicines and chemicals as a tool to go deeper into their consciousness. Beyond the mystical aspects, scientists are researching the potential benefits of psychedelics as therapeutic agents for mental health issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, and end-of-life care.
On Sunday, May 13, 2018, Vincent Horn, Buddhist Geeks podcast host, will moderate a panel conversation including two Western pioneers of Eastern traditions - Ram Dass, legendary spiritual teacher live-streaming from Maui, and Trudy Goodman, LA’s senior mindfulness teacher and founder of InsightLA, partnering with Spring Washam, author, teacher and healer, and Dr Charles Grob, UCLA psychedelic researcher - each providing their unique perspectives on the use of psychedelics in the waking-up process.
Music by Johnny Mesa
Mindful Awareness Workshop
In this workshop we’ll explore both the practice of mindfulness–actively noticing what you notice as you notice it–and awareness–simply being. We’ll use guided and silent practices as well as interactive social meditation. By learning these different techniques we move closer to being able to meld them into an integrated whole. Mindful awareness is the coming together of effortless being and active investigation. It’s being able to differentiate what’s arising in our experiential field while also resting in an undifferentiated awareness of it all. When we can move between mindfulness and awareness, merging and blending the two modes together, we become more responsive to our experience of life.
Workshop cost is $50 - $75 sliding scale plus dana (donation) to the teachers.
A Practical Method for Reprogramming the Mind
If we look at meditation--and mindfulness as one of its core aspects--as a way of programming the mind it becomes helpful to explore the different ways we can reprogram our reality. In this talk we’ll explore multiple training paradigms that come from both the Buddhist and Mindfulness traditions. We’ll look at how the perspective of each is different and why they’re designed to lead to different results. We’ll explore how our own intentions line up with these different training paradigms and consider ways we can change or enhance how we’re practicing.
Suggested donation: $20
Join us in Asheville, NC for a Buddhist Geeks Guided Practice Session.
This session will be co-lead by Vincent Horn & Emily Horn and will involve a 30-minute guided period of meditation, followed by a short talk, with the remaining time available for questions and discussion.
I'm delighted to have been invited to give a version of my talk on Technodelics to the Designers + Geeks community in NYC. Here is a little description of the talk:
Today there is a convergence of trends on the horizon that could have a dramatic impact on how we understand and explore consciousness. Thousands of years of contemplative wisdom and an emerging science of both meditation and psychedelic compounds is coming together with next generation hardware--things like augmented & virtual reality headsets, wearable computers and sensors, and neurotech devices that can directly read and stimulate the brain. In this talk we will explore the nascent edge of this emerging class of technodelic devices and look at how they could very well usher in a new era of interest in consciousness.
Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass is a 4-day celebration of mindful living.
During the Wanderlust Festival I will be offering a Speakeasy Talk on the subject of "Technodelics: Mind Revealing Technologies." Here's a description of the talk:
Today there is a convergence of trends on the horizon that could have a dramatic impact on how we understand and explore consciousness. An emerging science of both meditation and psychedelic compounds is coming together with next generation hardware--things like augmented & virtual reality headsets, wearable computers & sensors, and neurotech devices that can both monitor and stimulate the brain. In this talk we will explore the nascent edge of this emerging class of technodelic devices and look at how they could very well usher in a new era of interest in consciousness--one that could make the human potential movement of the 60s & 70s look pale in comparison.
One of the most powerful forms of contemplation is to work directly with a question or inquiry that has significant meaning to our lives. When we really open up to a question several things happen. One is that we drop the sense of already having the answer and knowing how things really are–this opens us to seeing and experiencing in new ways. Our minds also become bright, open, and curious–qualities which give our contemplative investigation a huge boost. Finally, as we become more comfortable with asking difficult questions, and pursuing our most important lines of inquiry, we start to become fearless in the face of not knowing–of never really having a final answer. We develop what Ajahn Chah called “the wisdom of uncertainty.”
Emily and Vincent’s teaching approach draws on the methods and practices of concentration, investigation, meditative inquiry, formless awareness, and heart-based meditation. As you work with Emily and Vincent one-on-one you’ll go through a discovery process together, finding out which techniques best support your unfolding process. The emphasis for this retreat will obviously be on meditative inquiry, but there will be plenty of opportunity to explore other practices that support this process of inquiry.
Topics of group exploration will include: Uncovering your Questions, Challenging the Knower, Great Doubt / Great Awakening, Not Knowing, & What is Love?
"To advance, I retreat!” – Dr. Roger Walsh
An immersive retreat is an opportunity to dedicate all of your time and energy to the development of your contemplative practice. It’s also an opportunity to step outside of your normal day-to-day roles & responsibilities and take a new perspective on what it means to be human. When done in a supportive environment of fellow practitioners and with the support of those who have dedicated their lives to the same journey, an immersive retreat can be a powerful catalyst for one’s contemplative development.
This particular immersive will be led by retreat leaders Vincent Horn & Emily Horn and will take place in the rolling mountains of Western North Carolina, at the Sanctuary in the Pines Retreat Center in Flat Rock, NC (just outside of Asheville).
“Program or be programmed.” – Douglas Rushkoff
In this mind hacking immersive retreat we’ll focus on upgrading the inner operating system–moving from a self-referential way of knowing ourselves and the world to a more centerless and open hearted way of knowing. Inspired by the Buddhist wisdom tradition we will offer techniques that train the attention, work to deconstruct fixed identity, & awaken the heart.
Much of the meditation practice will be done in silence, but periods of social meditation and group discussion will also be used as an opportunity to ground the practice in a relational context. There will also be regular small group meetings with retreat teachers to check-in and get feedback as the retreat progresses. The schedule will be announced to those who register prior to retreat.
Consciousness Hacking is a hands-on approach to making new tools for self-exploration, in order to change the way we think, feel, and live. Its an inside out perspective on how technology can serve us by changing our relationship to the world, rather than the world itself. I'm delighted to be joining my dear friend Mikey Siegel at this meetup to speak about Buddhist Geeks and the evolution of traditional practice.
Join Jerry Colonna and a select group of leaders for a weekend retreat and take a fresh look at what it means to be a CEO.
You’re kicking ass, but being the CEO of a startup is f*cking hard. It can be lonely. Long hours. Constant demands. Never-ending-unforgiving-to-do lists. And no manual. This is why Jerry created the CEO Bootcamp.
This winter — February 25 – March 1 – immerse yourself in the complexity and vulnerability of being a CEO with 19 other smart and courageous entrepreneurs. CEO Bootcamp will be a mix of pragmatic wisdom from Jerry & Khalid & Ali & Dan, meditation with Vince Horn, yoga, hikes, shared meals and lots of honest conversation. You will leave with greater awareness of your personal leadership habits as well as a customized strategy for being the leader you want to be and a network of peers that you can rely on. Bootcamp will be both rigorous and relaxing.
“Program or be programmed.” – Douglas Rushkoff
Mind Hacking is a ethos that begins with the understanding that we can reprogram our inner operating system. In other words that we can reverse engineer and reprogram our human experience using just the mind itself. The mind training skills that we practice in service of this aim include: Concentration, Mindfulness, Heartfulness, Inquiry, & Awareness. The primary benefits of this approach, for both individuals and the networks they are nodes within, include:
- An increased capacity to focus on what’s most important
- A deeper attunement to the feelings and thoughts of others
- A greater freedom in how we choose to respond to this moment’s experience
- An increased resiliency as we deal with the inevitable ups & downs of life
- An improved ability to navigate the creative process
In this day-long training period we’ll practice the core trainings of Concentration and Mindfulness together, as well as explore the Mind Hacking approach. All retreat activities will take place in live video through the Google Hangout system. Part of the retreat will be a live video broadcast where you will receive instructions and interact with the teachers. The other part will take place in small groups of fellow practitioners, where you will practice together and participate in small group discussions. This retreat is an opportunity to go deep together.
In this Life Retreat we’ll turn away from meditative techniques and toward the capacity of “choiceless awareness.” This choiceless aspect of awareness is operating no matter what you’re doing, whether you’re mindful or distracted, focus or confused, awake or asleep. Because of this it is a true refuge.
During our time together we’ll learn to allow choiceless awareness to operate freely while loosening our pre-conceived ideas of what awareness is. We’ll also look at some of the ways we try and fabricate awareness and what it’s like when it feels like we’ve lost it. We’ll work on noticing the simple feeling of being aware and trusting that sense more deeply.
Every October in our hometown of Camden, Maine, we bring together 600 diverse thinkers and doers from around the world to share ideas and projects that are shaping the future. The PopTech conference, a gathering for “real thinkers” (WIRED), marks your entry into the extensive PopTech community — a mix of highly motivated and curious speakers, PopTech Fellows, and other participants. Whether it's in the Camden Opera House listening to presenters and performers, at breakout discussions, workshops, randomly assigned lunches, happy hours or parties, you’ll form lasting connections with influencers and individuals working at the forefront of their fields. All while spending several fun days in a place Forbes calls one of "America's Prettiest Towns."
The Buddhist Geeks Conference is one of the only events on the planet where you can participate at the intersection of Buddhism, technology, and global culture. The conference brings together preeminent leaders in the fields of Buddhism, Technology, Philosophy, Education, Business, Science, Politics, and more, to explore Buddhism in the 21st century.
Join Jerry Colonna and a select group of 20 leaders on October 1-5, 2014, for a long weekend in the Colorado Mountains to and take a fresh look at what it means to be a CEO. The Fall 2014 CEO Bootcamp will be a mix of pragmatic wisdom from Jerry, hikes, meditation, shared meals and lots of honest conversation. You will leave with greater awareness of your personal leadership habits as well as a customized strategy for being the leader you want to be and a network of peers that you can rely on. Bootcamp will be both rigorous and relaxing.
The capacity to concentrate or focus is one of the bedrock skills of the contemplative life. In this retreat we’ll focus on focus–the ability to relax the mind and unify it with whatever meditative subject we’re exploring. We’ll discuss the benefits, styles, and dimensions of concentration while establishing a practice that allows us to deepen this capacity in everyday life. We’ll also look at how to skillfully apply the concentrated mind to the development of wisdom and to our 21st century information-rich lives.
On the contemplative path we learn various skills aimed at deepening our experience of a loving awareness. In this two hour workshop we’ll focus on four skill sets traditionally referred to as the four immeasurables that are aimed at opening the heart. They include:
1. Loving-Kindness Meditation
2. Compassion Meditation
3. Joyful Meditation
4. Equanimity Meditation
During our time together we'll do both silent meditation as well as a social form of inquiry. We’ll explore these formal heart practices or hacks while also looking at how to bring that open heart into other areas of life.
There will be plenty of time for fine tuning and questions as we journey into a process of hacking the mind, awakening the heart, and rebooting the world.
The Sunday program at Jikoji Zen Center begins with Zazen at 10 am, and includes two periods of zazen and a dharma talk, followed by a social lunch. I'll be giving the dharma talk on the topic of "Dharma Programmers":
We can look at what has been handed down to us through the various Buddhist traditions are "repositories of wisdom"--collections of instructions and programs that when run lead to particular results. Looking at the traditions in this way enables us to have a unique conversation about what it means to practice in the 21st century. It also shines a new light on the function of tradition and what new forms might emerge from of this mindset. If as media theorist Douglas Rushkoff suggests we can either "program or be programmed" then as dharma practitioners we might be better served understanding ourselves as dharma programmers.
Sunday Program Schedule
10:00 a.m. Sitting Meditation
10:40 Walking Meditation
10:50 Sitting Meditation
12:30 p.m. Social Lunch