I f you wanted to build a house or a boat and were inexperienced, you'd probably look to experienced house- or boat-builders for advice. You'd look for books on building your own house or boat, search Internet web sites, and talk personally to experienced builders for clarification. If you could find a trustworthy experienced builder to check with, or to work with you, so much the better.
But how would you determine the bona fides or genuineness of the authority whose advice you were looking to follow? He or she could be an honest person with a genuine interest in boat building or house building, who had studied the field for years or decades but had never built a boat or a house. Or she or he could be a charismatic scoundrel and pretender. And the evaluation becomes more abstract as we move from building a house or a boat to the spiritual quest, which involves finding the truth beyond all experience or opinion.
The 2010 TAT June Gathering will be held over the weekend of Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th. It begins with a standalone session on Friday evening for those who can arrive early. Saturday includes a half-dozen sessions led by seekers evaluating teachers they've looked into, as well as tips for evaluating spiritual teachers. After dinner, concurrent sessions will offer confrontation (friendly questioning) and Kundalini Yoga. The Sunday morning session involves a presentation on aspects of the teachings of Richard Rose—the founder or TAT, who recommended looking into other teachers and teachings.
The registration deadline for the June Gathering is Friday, June 4th.
Friday, June 11, 2010
5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals.
7:30 to 9:00 PM - Opening Doors. A round-robin session intended to ease into the weekend and become acquainted with friends and fellow seekers. Led by Paul Constant.
9:00 to ? - Free time; open discussion.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
8:30 to 10:00 AM - Arrivals and continental breakfast (provided).
10:00 to 10:15 AM - Welcome and introduction with Augie Monge.
10:15 to 11:00 AM - William Samuel led by Ben Rainey. William Samuel (1924-1996) was a prolific writer of truth, science, religion, and spiritual awakening. Samuel was one of those rare people who could synthesize the teachings of Eastern thought and Western religions. His work offers a clear explanation of the nature of enlightenment through simple uncomplicated language. » William Samuel and Friends
11:00 to 11:45 AM - Daniel Ingram led by Shawn Pethel. Ingram is one of the few teachers who will talk about high-level practice directly and unambiguously without relying on dogma, making things taboo, or coating simple truths in mystery. He draws primarily from the teachings of the Buddha, emphasizing the spirit of the explorer in one's heart, mind, and body. » Daniel Ingram's Dharma Web Site
Noon to 2:00 PM - Lunch (provided) and open discussion.
2:00 to 2:45 PM - Paul Hedderman led by Tune Seidelin. Hedderman has been involved with the recovery community since 1988 and has led workshops and delivered presentations for 18 years. Many of his talks are available for listening or downloading on his Web site. » Zen Bitch Slap
2:45 to 3:30 PM - David Scoma led by Isaac Hill. In David's words: "When it comes to the realization of Truth, virtually the entire set-up in the so-called spiritual marketplace is a bloody mess. That atmosphere almost always encourages people to move toward more aggrandizement, deeper beliefs, better living, healthier relationships—the baubles of ego." In fact, "the trip, the destination, and the discovery are all the same: Everything, Nowhere, and Nothing." » Just Perception
3:30 to 4:30 PM - Break
4:30 to 5:15 PM - Additional Teachers That We've Looked Into. Short summaries of the "bottom line" principles and teaching styles of Adyashanti, Alan and Duncan of OpenEnlightenment.org, Bernadette Roberts, and Clara Llum. Open discussion of people's evaluation of other teachers or teachings they've found worthwhile such as the Jed McKenna books and Eckhart Tolle.
5:30 to 7:00 PM - Dinner (provided).
7:00 to 9:00 PM - Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent session #1: confrontation. Friendly questioning of beliefs, facilitated by Dan Garmat.
Concurrent session #2: Kundalini Yoga—a talk and a meditation. At its core, Yoga is a science/philosophy and Kundalini—most simply—is an "awakening energy." The "science" practice is breathing meditation (prana yoga). In this session, Larry Yinger will discuss Kundalini Yoga, and participants will practice meditation.
9:00 to ? - Open discussion; bonfire (weather permitting).
Sunday, June 13, 2010
8:00 to 9:00 AM - Continental breakfast (provided) and open discussion.
9:00 to 10:30 AM - No One is Asking the Right Questions led by Shawn Nevins. Richard Rose was a master of the "headache ball"—koan-like statements and questions that lodged in one's brain. This session will introduce a few of these and produce some new ones. Bring aspirin. » Richard Rose Biography
10:30 to 11:00 AM - Break
11:00 to 11:45 AM - Weekend wrap-up. Feedback from participants and questions for session leaders. Moderated by Mike Gegenheimer.
11:45 AM - Departing words followed by an optional lunch at a local restaurant.
T he event is being held at Penn Scenic View in southwestern Pennsylvania. The facility includes a conference room in Stable Lodge, which has an upstairs bunkhouse room and several dormitory rooms for overnight lodging. Additionally, the Red Oak and Green Hemlock cabins are available for lodging and break-out meeting locations. Penn Scenic View, at 118 Scenic View Lane, Rockwood, PA 15557, is one and a half hours from the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The June Gathering cost for TAT members is as follows:
Non-member costs are:
Meals include two continental breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday. The caterers will include vegetarian dishes. Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants may bring other drinks, snacks, and special foods. Sorry, we cannot reduce fees for those who prefer to bring their own food. Space is limited, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 4th. Upon receipt of your registration, a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions will be sent to you. You may cancel your registration before Friday, June 4th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after Friday, June 4th will not be refunded.
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TAT member event registration - $50
TAT member registration - $35
Student member registration - $40
Student member registration - $35
Non-member registration - $100*
Non-member registration - $60*
Student non-member registration - $55*
Student non-member registration - $40*
2010 TAT membership - $40
* The TAT Foundation hosts four public events each year. Registration fees vary depending on the event location. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, please allow up to 5 business days before receiving confirmation of your payment. See our membership overview for more details or email if you have questions about fees.
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What is the TAT Foundation?
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.