Six-week courses begin week of March 19, 2018

Cost: $160 except where otherwise noted. $120 per class when you sign up for more than one.

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Introduction to the Nature of Mind II – Online Course

Tuesdays, March 20th – April 24th, 10 – 11:30 amInstructor: Richard Dixey

Richard Dixey

Meaningful inquiry into how mind shapes the world we see. Everything is mind. Perception as constructed by language. Life as a conceptual bubble.

Course Intention: Learning to challenge your habitual perceptions and to deal with negativity.

Readings: Chapters 6-11 of Revelations of Mind

Richard Dixey holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics and an M.A. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of London and a B.A. from Oxford University.

Student feedback: “Brilliant course. I very much enjoyed both instructor and content. Teaching style was open and inviting. I would most certainly recommend this course.”

Open to all! New students are welcome.

Path to Wholeness

Wednesdays, March 21st – April 25th, 10:30 am – NoonInstructor: Robin Caton

Robin Caton

Centering our practice to lighten our self-image.

Course intention: Deeper understanding of mind brings mental clarity, emotional calm, enjoyment of life.

Readings: Dimensions of Mind, chapters 26-31.

Robin is an attorney, poet, and teacher. Her published works include a volume of poetry, The Color of Dusk. Robin holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Student Feedback: “Stellar as always!!! So great to have access to this elegantly articulated knowledge. Gentle, soft, effective!!!”

Asking Questions of our Mind (ongoing class open to new students)

Wednesdays, March 21st – April 11th, 5:30 – 7:00 pmInstructor: Jack PetrankerCost: $80

Third section of a yearlong course based on Dimensions of Mind.

Proceeding more deeply into how mind presents “reality”, we learn fruitful ways to question our basic patterns. We will go more specifically into methods for investigating the mind to develop a new way of knowing, working with practices found in Dimensions.

Course intention: to access different modes of knowing and to engage our experience and live our lives in an entirely different way.

Jack Petranker

Jack holds a J.D. from Yale and an M.A. in political theory from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages and the Center for Creative Inquiry and an active member of the California State Bar. In addition to having published academic articles in the fields of consciousness studies and organizational change, he is the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? (Dharma Publishing 2006).

Student Feedback: “Jack’s true gentleness shines through in his teaching, in his listening , in moving through the readings, and in discussing his student’s thinking and comments. Instead of “explaining” like most “experts”, he guides us to reflect and ponder.”

Journey to Well-Being

Location: Rossmoor Community in Walnut CreekThursdays, March 22nd – April 26th, 1:30 – 3:00 pmInstructor: Robin CatonCost: $120

Robin Caton

Presents a gently accessible path to healing one’s mind and heart.

Course intention: Examination of the emotional obstacles and patterns by which “self” keeps us from being fully present in the world.

Readings: Dimensions of Mind, chapters 8-11.

Robin is an attorney, poet and teacher . Her published works include a volume of poetry, The Color of Dusk. Robin holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

New students are welcome.

Language and Reality – Online Course

Ansley Coale

Thursdays, March 22nd – April 26th, 10:00 – 11:30 amInstructor: Ansley Coale

A gentle inquiry into the role of language in shaping the reality we perceive.

Course intention: A more satisfying understanding of our daily lives.

Readings: downloadable pdfs to be provided.

Ansley holds a doctorate in Ancient History from the University of Michigan and taught interdisciplinary social sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. He has apprenticed to a Swahili shipwright in Lamu, spent three months over 10,000 feet in Rupshu and Zanskar, performed Argentinian tango, and created and marketed several craft distilled spirits brands.

New students are welcome.

Revealing Mind

Fridays, March 23rd – April 27th, 10:00 – 11:30 amInstructor: Richard Dixey

Richard Dixey

A two-year course about mind, identity, and the nature of reality, in which we re-read and study Revelations of Mind.

Course Intention: To investigate how I know what I know.

Reading: Revelations of Mind

Richard Dixey holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics and an M.A. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of London and a B.A. from Oxford University.

Student Feedback: “Fascinating course, with great delivery. Makes the book Revelations of Mind reveal itself. Truly a great extension of the book.”

New students who have read Revelations of Mind at least once are welcome.

Stories Told by Mind

Saturdays, March 24th – April 28th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pmInstructor: Abbe Blum

Abbe Blum

A hundred years from now, no one will consider our lives as anything more than stories. Yet our lives are important to us and we take them very seriously. On the other hand, Mind talking to itself about itself is a simply a story, just as our life is a story. So why not pay serious attention to the stories that mind tells?In this course, we will play with the elements of storytelling, using them as metaphors to re-imagine our lives.

Readings: Revelations of Mind, with short handouts/homework assignments each week.

Abbe holds a B.A. from U. C. Berkeley, an M.A. from Cambridge University (where she was a Marshall scholar), and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. She taught Shakespeare and intensive writing at Swarthmore College, and she currently teaches in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybook University.

Student Feedback: “Abbe is a superb instructor, very patient. Engaging and interactive!”

New students are welcome.

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