TAT Spring Conference 2005: Beyond Mind, Beyond Death

Is life simply a struggle where the smartest or luckiest animal survives?
Is there beauty that does not fade?
Is a thinker, a radical questioner, destined to a life of questions with no answers?
Is it wisest to simply vegetate in cynicism and mindless entertainment?
What is Beyond Mind, Beyond Death?

There are answers. Not written or exchanged for money, but discovered by those who seek with honesty and determination. The TAT 2005 April Conference is an opportunity to meet a rare group of people who discovered answers. Not hiding behind robes or rituals, not selling their message for money, they are available for this weekend to share stories and advice that will intrigue and inspire you to discover your own answers.

The 2005 Conference will occur on April 16 & 17, beginning at 10 AM Saturday and going through noon on Sunday.


Event Schedule

Schedule of Speakers & Workshops

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

  10:00 to 11:15 AM
Bob Fergeson photo 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, click here.

  11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Art Ticknor photo 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
Bob Cergol photo 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.

Michael Conners photo   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. Visit The Poetry Chaikhana for a sample of Shawn's poetry.

Bart Marshall photo   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.

TAT Foundation's Center near Wheeling, WV


Sunday, April 17th, 2005

  10:00 to 12:00 Noon
Panel Question and Answer Session.

  12:00 Noon
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.


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.

Five-DVD April 2005 Conference Video now available

Cover of Beyond Mind, Beyond Death DVD

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.


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