Schedule of Speakers & Workshops
Saturday, April 16th, 2005
10:00 to 11:15 AM
From Rock 'N Roll to Silence: Sounding the Longing String, by Bob Fergeson.
Nostalgia, intuition, and love form a string of longing, which leads us back beyond mind and death to our home in
simple awareness. In retreating from duality and complexity, we travel back up the longing string and begin to "go
within," finding our road home. Join Bob in an exploration of how simple is better. To read an article by Bob,
11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Where, exactly, is "within"? by Art Ticknor.
"Our immortality is dependent not upon our ability to extend our personal illusion indefinitely but to
transcend it. Our immortality is dependent upon our becoming the Light, by identifying with that which is Real, and
really is us and has been us all the time." -Richard Rose, The Mind
"There is a Light in the Light-man and it lights up the whole world.... Whoever discovers the interpretation of these
sayings will not taste death." -Jesus, The Gospel of Thomas
The answer lies within—but where, exactly, is within?
Break for Lunch (provided).
2:00 to 3:15 PM
Becoming Versus Dying--The Paradox, by Bob Cergol.
"You cannot learn the truth. You must become the Truth." -Richard Rose
"That which is born dies. That which is never born cannot die." -Nisargadatta
"Body and mind perish and are dissipated. Nothing of you shall remain." -Alfred Pulyan
This session will challenge the participants to ponder the paradox and examine their definition of life and death, of living
and dying. Click here for some thoughts by Bob.
3:30 to 4:30 PM
Retreat center walk.
Trails through more than one hundred fifty acres of woods, fields and streams offer a wonderful opportunity
to commune with nature—together, yet alone.
4:30 to 5:30 PM
Effortless Meditation: Starting with the Goal, by Michael Conners.
Is enlightenment beyond us or within, far in the future or always with us waiting to be discovered? Presentation &
exercises by this long-time student and teacher of Effortless Meditation. Click here
for an excerpt from Michael's writing.
5:30 to 7:00 PM
Break for Dinner (provided).
7:00 to 7:30 PM
Poetic interlude, by Shawn Nevins.
Poetry Chaikhana for a sample of Shawn's poetry.
7:30 to 8:45 PM
Befriending Death, by Bart Marshall.
Bart is a long-time seeker, talented writer, co-producer of the "Richard Rose" video, and speaker known
for his "From Vietnam to Zen" lecture. A recent visit with Douglas Harding catalyzed a radical change in perspective
that completed his search for answers. Click here for an article by Bart.
Sunday, April 17th, 2005
10:00 to 12:00 Noon
Panel Question and Answer Session.
Departing words, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
The event is being held in TAT's beautiful rural facility near Wheeling, WV. Wheeling is in the Northern
Panhandle of West Virginia, approximately 1 hour from Pittsburgh International Airport and 2.5 hours from
Columbus International Airport. There are many lodging and dining facilities within a 15-25 mile radius.
A group encouraging people to think rather than believe. A group determined to help people find ways and
means to answer their deepest philosophical questions. A gathering of folks who are not afraid to be honest with
one another. An island of hope and sanity (or at least the hope for sanity!). Last, but not least, TAT is a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit educational organization chartered in 1973.
Five-DVD April 2005 Conference Video now available
There are people who can speak from the heart of profound self-realization and take you as
deep as you're ready to go toward finding what's "beyond mind, beyond death." Five of the TAT Forum
contributors spoke openly of their spiritual paths at the April 2005 conference, relating with humor the pratfalls
they encountered along the way, sharing the inspiration that flows from their perspectives, and providing
the encouragement of success to those who are searching. This nine-hour video, created by Poetry in
Motion Films, will give you the guidance to go straight toward the highest objective of life. See the
April program below for more details on the speakers, their presentations, and the wrap-up session.
Bonus Material: The presenters' personal notes, writings, poetry, and letters used as references during
their presentations have, until now, been limited to TAT Foundation members. When you place an order for
the video, you will receive a 531 KB Portable Document File (PDF) file by email. If you're paying by check,
please be sure to include your email address.
See the video trailer or to order the DVD.