Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2010.08: Gateway to Enlightenment

Living the Integral Masculine and the Integral Feminine in Your Life

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School hosts weekends during which we practice the holy trinity of Buddha, Sangha and Dharma. Buddha is our first person experience of God, Holiness, Tao, Atman, Ayin, Spirit or whatever name you want to give it. Sangha is the sacred, pleasurable incarnation of spirit invoked by the gathering of like minded men and women in a community of purpose and joy. Dharma transmission is a teaching or teacher that creates and “transmits” a space of open heart and in-sight from deep within a spiritual lineage, that holds, guides and illuminates the way of the authentic seeker.

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School is led by Dr. Marc Gafni, a renowned spiritual teacher, scholar and visionary who offers us the opportunity to participate in the Evolution of Consciousness, the Evolution of Enlightenment, Evolution of Unique Self and Outrageous Loving toward both our uniquely personal transformation and the Evolution of Love itself.

In the course of each weekend we engage mind, heart, body, soul and spirit in practices of Dharmic study, chanting, yoga, meditation, movement and other experiential integration processes.

Through this recording, you can join us for a weekend where you will experience profound aliveness, joy and transformation for yourself and for the evolution of love on all levels of reality.

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World Spirituality Retreat Berkeley

The goals of this event were simple and clear: to practice love and relationships in an evolutionary context.

Everything we do in the Center for Integral Wisdom context serves the activist intention of reconstructing a context of meaning, commitment, and profound pleasure, which is a sustainable path of joy and responsibility for the hundreds of millions of people in the world who can no longer find their exclusive home in one of the old religions.

The explicit intention for our seven days together was to create a space of deep practice and community which facilitates significant spiritual breakthroughs for individual participants, for the collective intelligence of the World Spirituality community, in the evolution of consciousness for the sake of all sentient beings.

Emerging from the deepest insights and practices of the great traditions, merged with leading edge insights from neuroscience, psychology, and all the modern and post-modern ways of knowing, we are enacting a trans-lineage World Spirituality.

The Enlightenment Practice method we deployed was what we refer to as the Three Faces of Love or sometimes we call it the Three Faces of God. We practiced being God in the first person (Buddha), God in Second Person (Sangha, Relationship), and God in the third Person, through unfolding the largest map of reality that connects all the dots (Dharma).

This practice fosters profound personal transformation at the same time as it participates in weaving the meshwork of transformation for the larger context of local, global and kosmic community. As a commitment to compassion and care for all beings, our practices seek to help everyone be as healthy as possible at whatever evolutionary stage they are at while simultaneously creating the conditions for positive growth through both horizontal and vertical enlightenment.

Listen to this recording of the Live World Spirituality Retreat in Berkeley in 2011 with Marc Gafni, Mariana Caplan, Sally Kempton, Terry Patten & Warren Farrell.

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Pacific Coast Church Passover 2014 Sermon

You Are God’s Unique Intimacy

Listen to this beautiful excerpt from a Sermon with Dr. Marc Gafni at the Pacific Coast Church in 2014.

By listening to this rich talk that uses storytelling, inquiry, and sacred text reading to transmit the deep wisdom of the lineage masters, you will learn:

- Why God is not only the Infinity of Power but also the Infinity of Intimacy

- What it means to live in an Intimate Universe

- How Christ incarnated to be an expression of that Infinity of Intimacy

- Why Being God’s Unique Intimacy is our greatest Joy and deepest Obligation in our daily lives

In conjunction with the Center for Integral Wisdom, the Pacific Coast Church is hosting regular workshops and presentations with CIW Founders Dr. Marc Gafni and Sally Kempton as Teachers/Scholars in Residence.

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Listen to Marc Gafni’s Sermon on the Day before Passover in 2014 here:

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Workshop Marc Gafni Essen Germany 2011 with Translation

In 2011, Dr. Marc Gafni has been on a two-week teaching tour in Germany. One evening workshop he held in Essen. Host and translator was Stefan Schoch.

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Dr. Marc Gafni on Simple Life Radio

On July 6, 2013 Simple Life host Cynthia Fernandes interviewed Dr. Marc Gafni, who shared with her and her audience some of the most cutting-edge teachings on Unique Self and the self-organizing principle of Evolutionary Unique We-Space.

They discuss:

  • why people have a deeper need to start playing a larger game and stop doing business as usual.
  • why people tend to close down when confronted with the huge challenges we are facing as humanity and what we can do about this.
  • the path from Ego through True Self to Unique Self and what it means to be an outrageous lover.
  • the clues to recognizing your Unique Self.
  • how we can “unleash the symphonic creativity of every Unique Self” and how this is key to solving every challenge in the world.
  • why both happiness as well as profit cannot be pursued directly – they are the natural by-product of living our Unique Self and striving for excellence.

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Pre-Session CWS Board Meeting 2011

Listen to these short introductory talks by Dr. Marc Gafni from the Pre-Session of the Board Meeting in 2011.

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Workshop Marc Gafni Karlsruhe Germany 2011 with Translation

In 2011, Dr. Marc Gafni has been on a two-week teaching tour in Germany. One evening workshop he held in Karlsruhe, hosted by the Integral Salon Karlsruhe (led at this time by our very own Kerstin Tuschik, who actually met Dr. Gafni during his tour for the very first time) and translated by Dennis Wittrock.

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Money and Dharma

Listen to this insightful, free dialogue between Arjuna Ardagh, Diane Hamilton, Sally Kempton, and Marc Gafni about the relationship between Money and Dharma.

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ITC 2010: Marc Gafni – Towards an Integral Masculine and Feminine

This presentation, given at the Integral Theory Conference (ITC) in 2010, explores the core dimensions of masculine and feminine shadow. The feminine and the masculine are portrayed through the deployment of the classical Kabbalistic nomenclature of Lines and Circles. Each is shown to have its own unique light as well as its own unique shadow.

Contrary to the classic understanding extant in so much popular literature — in which the feminine is equated with the spiritual, and the masculine with the base — each possess their own distinct shadow. The failure to recognize this elemental truth creates a false view of the feminine with potentially harmful and unjust implications for both the masculine and the feminine.

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Summer Festival of Love 2013: Introduction – 6 Principles

To give you a little taste of the Mystery School of Love 2013, we want to share with you just the first few minutes of Marc Gafni’s opening dharma talk, where he sets the frame by giving us 6 principles and commitments for the upcoming week.

This is before any of the real dharma got started–it was the first hello:

The 6 Principles and Commitments

No 1: The principle of donkey-smuggling.

No 2: The opposite of pain is not pleasure but comfort. Pleasure always incorporates tension and pain. We are going for radical pleasure this week—not comfort.

No 3: The principle of strawberry ice-cream: We have to be able to taste it. You cannot touch God unless you are in the World Space that “knows God” (Integral Semiotics).

No 4: The Democratization of Enlightenment: A key term coined by Dr. Marc in 2006 and a touchstone of World Spirituality and Unique Self teaching.

No 5: The commitment to stay and be here all the way.

No 6: Loving Our Way to Enlightenment: the core of Marc’s enlightenment transmission–as someone wrote about him recently “he is Rumi.”


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Reaching the Next Generation of Integral Leaders

Listen to this panel at the Integral Leadership Collaborative with young Integral Leaders, M. Richardson, K. Sosan Bearer, D. DiPerna, M. Clark, and G. Strauss about "Reaching the Next Generation of Integral Leaders"--with an introduction by Brett Thomas.

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Integral Chicks Welcome Show

Integral Chicks Kelly Sosan-Bearer and Nicole Fegley interview their guest Sofia Diaz in this Welcome Show.

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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2009.01: The Future of Eros

The first Wisdom School teaching on the Erotic and the Holy

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School hosts weekends during which we practice the holy trinity of Buddha, Sangha and Dharma. Buddha is our first person experience of God, Holiness, Tao, Atman, Ayin, Spirit or whatever name you want to give it. Sangha is the sacred, pleasurable incarnation of spirit invoked by the gathering of like minded men and women in a community of purpose and joy. Dharma transmission is a teaching or teacher that creates and “transmits” a space of open heart and in-sight from deep within a spiritual lineage, that holds, guides and illuminates the way of the authentic seeker.

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School is led by Dr. Marc Gafni, a renowned spiritual teacher, scholar and visionary who offers us the opportunity to participate in the Evolution of Consciousness, the Evolution of Enlightenment, Evolution of Unique Self and Outrageous Loving toward both our uniquely personal transformation and the Evolution of Love itself.

In the course of each weekend we engage mind, heart, body, soul and spirit in practices of Dharmic study, chanting, yoga, meditation, movement and other experiential integration processes.

Through this recording, you can join us for a weekend where you will experience profound aliveness, joy and transformation for yourself and for the evolution of love on all levels of reality.

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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2009.10: The Path of the Evolutionary Lover

The Meaning and Practice of Love

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School hosts weekends during which we practice the holy trinity of Buddha, Sangha and Dharma. Buddha is our first person experience of God, Holiness, Tao, Atman, Ayin, Spirit or whatever name you want to give it. Sangha is the sacred, pleasurable incarnation of spirit invoked by the gathering of like minded men and women in a community of purpose and joy. Dharma transmission is a teaching or teacher that creates and “transmits” a space of open heart and in-sight from deep within a spiritual lineage, that holds, guides and illuminates the way of the authentic seeker.

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School is led by Dr. Marc Gafni, a renowned spiritual teacher, scholar and visionary who offers us the opportunity to participate in the Evolution of Consciousness, the Evolution of Enlightenment, Evolution of Unique Self and Outrageous Loving toward both our uniquely personal transformation and the Evolution of Love itself.

In the course of each weekend we engage mind, heart, body, soul and spirit in practices of Dharmic study, chanting, yoga, meditation, movement and other experiential integration processes.

Through this recording, you can join us for a weekend where you will experience profound aliveness, joy and transformation for yourself and for the evolution of love on all levels of reality.

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Ordination Marc Gafni by Jerry Judd

When Marc Gafni started to teach at Shalom Mountain, he wanted to meet Jerry Judd, the founder of Shalom Mountain to receive his blessing and transmisssion and "talk Dharma." Soon after, he asked Jerry to give him a private ordination.

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Big Mind & Unique Self

Listen to this dialogue between Diane Hamilton and Marc Gafni interviewed by Dennis Wittrock on the relationship between Big Mind and Unique Self.

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Pilgrim’s Way Book Signing

In 2013, Marc Gafni has been invited to share an evening hosted by The Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore at the Carmel Art Foundation after Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment, had won the 2012 USA Best Book Award in the General Spiritual category.

CIW Board Member Steve Raymond gave the introduction.

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