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The Natural Unfolding of Psychotherapy Process into Non Duality: An Experiential Demonstration
In this two hour seminar non dual psychotherapy will be placed in a historical sequence of the natural unfolding of psychotherapy process. This naturalistic unfolding reflects the nature of mind/awareness continuum as well as the unfolding of the nature of subjectivity and otherness into the intersubjectivity of nondual oneness. This experiential presentation will demonstrate the unfolding of subjectivity from a mind based understanding to radical shifting of subjectivity being the very basis of the awareness continuum which is multidimensional and infinite in its horizons. The historical progression proceeds from a mind located subjectivity, through the temporary phase of becoming aware of the mind as distinct from awareness , then through the more powerful posture of awareness becoming of aware of awareness itself. The next and the most radical phase is the leap wherein the emphasis is on the revelation and manifestation of the three dimensions of non dual awareness. These various steps in the naturalistic unfolding will be demonstrated experientially and the implications for the practice of psychotherapy made explicit.

Speaker: Rudy Bauer

Rudolph Bauer Ph.D. is a Diplomat in Clinical Psychology and holds Consultant Status in The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. His postdoctoral studies include phenomenology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, psychoanalytic psychotherapy as well as phenomenological psychotherapy. He has over 30 papers and chapters on topics in psychotherapy. He was Director of Psychology Training at The University of Maryland Medical School as well as a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. He is currently Co Director of The Washington Center for Consciousness Studies where he teaches seminars in non dual psychotherapy as well as Dzogchen awareness meditation. He has had the great fortune of studying for over 30 years with wonderful Masters of Kashmir Shaivism , Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhism and Daoist Qigong. Every morning he and his wife Sharon teach meditation practice through live video streaming on the internet .www.meditatelive.com.

This presentation or workshop will explore common “fairy tales” or myths about intimate relationships that are supported by our collective consciousness. We will open up a dialogue with the audience about what these myths are–both conscious and unconscious.

We will then take a look at what is actually true from a non-dual perspective. This will lead to an exploration, through discussion and experiential exercises, what relationship looks like when lived from our deepest truth. This has a direct clinical application in that intimate relationship issues are among most common reasons people seek psychotherapy.

Examples of fairy tales to be explored and their corresponding truths are as follows:

Fairy Tales:
I need to find “The One” so I can live happily ever after.
Love is found in another “outside” myself
I cannot be whole or complete without a romantic relationship
There has to be a passionate spark between the partners for love to work out.
A intimate relationship needs to look like the Hollywood movies.

Non-dual Reality:
Everyone is “The One.”
There is no other.
Happily ever after is right here and NOW, it is not found in the future.
True Love is what you ARE.
The ultimate happiness is found in BEING true love.
Love making is free of any goals.

The fairy tales lead to intimate relationships based on separation, projection, need, and dependency. We will explore relationship lived from truth, wholeness, fulfillment and oneness; and how only when we let go of the fairy tale, does happily ever after become a possibility. When we deeply relax in who we are then we can truly be in love with all that is. There is the opportunity to bridge the non dual and the dual to come into our essence, personal and impersonal, and include all of this in intimate relationship.

This six-hour presentation will include a talk, a group discussion and in-depth guided experiential exercises to deepen understanding for the audience. We will include case examples of clients working with this new evolution of relationship.

Speaker: Lynn Marie

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a psychotherapist with 20 years experience. She has been involved with the exploration of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy since its beginning, and is one of the authors of the first book on that topic, The Sacred Mirror. She is co-author with John Lumiere-Wins, of The Awakening West.

While we have witnessed over the past 20-30 years, an explosion of popular as well as scientific interest in meditative practices and their potential to foster greater mental and emotional well-being, the focus of The Baumann Institute will be on the scientific investigation of “direct path” or “non-dual” approaches to awareness and the discovery of well-being. In contrast to awareness practices that emphasize mental-emotional change, development, cultivation and control, direct path teachings affirm that awareness is already present and that it is therefore not necessary to change or alter phenomenal experiences in order to recognize and stabilize in and as awareness. The direct path approaches emphasize that nothing needs to be altered in order to become more aware because awareness is already present as the basis of all perception.

Alongside this view of awareness as always and already present as the basis of all phenomenal experience, the direct path traditions state that lasting mental-emotional well-being is realized, not by trying to alter, modify or otherwise transform afflictive states, but by simply allowing all states – positive, negative or neutral – to spontaneously arise and self-release. One then recognizes and becomes increasingly confident in the recognition that thoughts, feelings and sensations, regardless of their nature, are dependent upon and are the dynamic expression of naturally occurring awareness.

In this talk, we will be invited to consider that however well intentioned they may be, our efforts to either avoid, control, or alter disturbing mind states and experiences cannot possibly lead to an abiding sense of peace for the simple reason that such strategies invariably end up conditioning us to believe that our well-being is dependent upon the presence or absence of particular states or experiences.

Speaker: John Astin

John Astin received his PhD in Health Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and completed postdoctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine. From 2000-2002, he served on the faculty at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Since 2002, he has held an appointment as a research scientist at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA where he serves as the co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group.

Along with his scholarly pursuits, John is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and recording artist having produced 6 albums of original spiritual-contemplative music that are distributed worldwide. He is also the author of Too Intimate for Words, and This Is Always Enough, collections of poetry and prose reflections on the nature of non-dual awareness.

It is easy and quite common to interpret nondual awareness as a state that lies beyond suffering: as a space in which suffering no longer arises and simply cannot occur. This is so. But it is only half the story. It’s important to fully integrate the radical non-conditionality of nondual awareness. The issue of how we conceptualize the ultimate state can have significant therapeutic implications.

If we operate with the understanding that in nondual awareness there’s no suffering, we create a destination, when in fact there is nowhere to go. The “unreality” of suffering is privileged. This tendency is often more pronounced in nondual teachers, than nondual therapists. It leads nondual forms of therapy into irrelevancy by subtly ignoring, or even dismissing, suffering by labeling it as unreal. Suffering is viewed as being incompatible with nondual awareness. We have the strange situation where suffering is thought to threaten something that doesn’t exist, as such.

On the other hand, if we operate with a need—even just an unconscious impulse—to lead people into a state that’s free of suffering, we betray the fully liberating capacity of nondual awareness. The “reality” of suffering is privileged. We short-change clients by limiting them to conditioned forms of freedom or fulfillment, that are lost the moment an arising is interpreted as pain.

In contrast, nondual therapies dance within and beyond the belief that in the ultimate state there is no suffering, or even freedom from suffering. They point to “just this,” as it is here right now, in a way that undercuts notions and experiences of lack and fulfillment, attachment and aversion, entrapment and freedom, and pain and pleasure.

This presentation is dialogical in nature. Together we will presence and clarify how nondual awareness is a totally paradoxical space wherein there is no suffering, and equally, no absence of suffering.

Speaker: Peter Fenner

Peter has a Ph.D. in the philosophical psychology of the Madhyamika school of Mahayana Buddhism. His teachers included Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Thubten Loden, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche. He was a celibate monk for nine years. He taught Asian philosophy and psychology for over 20 years at Australian Universities and supervised numerous postgraduate students.

He subsequently founded the Center for Timeless Wisdom (wisdom.org), a Californian nonprofit organization, which offers the 9 month Radiant Mind course and 9 month Nondual Teacher Training. Peter teachers in USA, Europe, Israel and Australia.

His books include Radiant Mind—Awakening the unconditioned awareness (Sounds True, 2007), Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy (with John Prendergast and Sheila Kyrstal, Paragon Books, 2003), The Edge of Certainty: Paradoxes on the Buddhist Path (Nicolas-Hays, 2002), Essential Wisdom Teachings (with Penny Fenner, Nicolas-Hays, 2001) Reasoning into Reality (Wisdom Publications, 1994), and The Ontology of the Middle Way (Kluwer, 1990), His psychological essays have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Contemplative Psychotherapy, Revision, Journal of the International Association for Spiritual Psychiatry, Psychologia (Tokyo), and 3e millenaire.

Peter has presented his work at institutions such as Stanford Medical School, Columbia University, Saybrook College, Omega Institute, ZIST (Germany), Terre de Ceil (France), California Institute of Integral Studies and Naropa University.

This workshop will explore didactically and experientially the nature of the true experience of the emptiness of self and its clinical usefulness. When what is “true nature” from a Mahamudra/Dzogchen Buddhist point of view is experienced and understood, the inherent wholeness of oneself and one’s interconnectedness with all that is, also comes into experience. This intersection of Buddhist practice with deep psychological work can be very fruitful.
Learning Objectives:
1) Understand intellectually the teachings on true nature, emptiness of self and phenomena, “form is emptiness, emptiness is form.”
2) Understand the relevance of this in healing deep psychological issues
3) Learn how to work with this with clients who have a meditation practice, and how to introduce the idea of this work to clients new to meditation

Speaker: Lama Palden
The Resident Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation is Lama Palden, who completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under Kalu Rinpoche’s guidance in 1985. In 1986 she became one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in the Vajrayana tradition. In addition to Kalu Rinpoche, she has studied with many of the great Tibetan masters from all lineages.

Since 1986, Lama Palden’s teachings have translated Vajrayana Buddhist principles and practices in ways that make them accessible to Westerners. She has a deep interest in fostering psycho-spiritual awareness within daily life. She is a mother of

I propose to present a unique approach to the interface of neurological research and non-dual teaching.  It is not focused on the brain scan results of the nondual state but actually taking the results that are reported and then reverse engineering to lead to practices that not surprisingly match up with ancient principles of pointing out instructions, I will explore a series of pointing out instructions which match Brain Markers in research on meditator who have stabilized their experience and discuss how this leads to a new kind of non dual practice that is effective for initial awakening and for a kind of rewiring that supports stabilization. I have been doing a pilot study with students which will be completed by the end of the spring so this will be an opportunity to present the results publicly for the first time.

Speaker: Loch Kelly
Loch Kelly , MDiv., LCSW has a Masters degree from Columbia University in Clinical Social Work and a Masters from Union Theological in Psychology and Spirituality, where he was awarded a fellowship to study meditation traditions in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal from 1981-2.

Loch is a licensed psychotherapist and served as the Chaplain for Union Theological Seminary and was on staff at the Riverside Church Counseling Center. Loch spent years establishing homeless shelters and community lunch programs and worked in outpatient mental health in Brooklyn, New York. He has taught Buddhist Meditation for twenty five years and was a member of the New Insight Meditation Teachers Council.  He is authorized to teach meditation by Mingyur Rinpoche and has taught about the mind/brain research studies on meditators.  Loch was asked by Adyashanti in 2004 to share and teach the non dual direct path and he filled in for Adya during his recent illness. He is a practicing non dual psychotherapist and the founder of the Natural Wakefulness Center in New York City

Loch was recently on a panel at the Yale Mind Life Conference on the nature of the Self and the relief of suffering.. He is currently completing a study of the effects of modern application of pointing out instructions developed by dialogue with Dr. Andrew Newberg’s neurological research on subjects over a one year period. Loch is giving a sold out talk with Dr. Newberg this Sunday April 5th at the Rubin Museum in New York City www.lochkelly.org

We’ll be posting descriptions of selected speeches at the 2009 Conference on Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy. Those were meant to be “teasers” to attend the conference, considering the conference belongs to the past, they now stand as teasers to get stimulated and then start searching for more information on the subjects which grabbed your attention.

Please see http://wisdompsy.vpweb.com/Conference.html for updates about 2010 and 2010 Conferences.

Stay tuned!