Junpo Roshi & Marc Gafni: A Pointing Out Instruction for Unique Self

In this lively, beautiful dharma conversation, Jun Po and Dr. Gafni explore the core principles of Mondo Zen, the reclaiming of ‘obligation’ through the realization of Unique Self at second tier consciousness, and the relationship between classic Buddhist realization, Unique Self realization, and egoic contraction.

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Integral Theory Series with Clint Fuhs and Marc Gafni

Clint Fuhs and Marc Gafni have engaged in a series of dialogues about basic themes of Integral Theory.

Listen to their 6-part dialogue on:

  1. Integral Discernment
  2. Pointing Out Instructions
  3. Meaning
  4. Perspectives
  5. Pre-Trans-Fallacy
  6. Levels of Consciousness

Integral Spiritual Center

The Integral Spiritual Center was a collaboration between some of the most highly respected spiritual teachers in the world today, who, in addition to fully embracing their own particular paths, have come together to explore a trans-path path to the future.

This was part of an ongoing experiment called 'teach the teachers,' where they each took turn teaching the others some of the most central practices of their own paths, and then inviting a general critique, loving but direct, from all the others, who in their own turns will teach the teachers.

Out of the fire of this crucible of lineage minds melting into each other as the face of an unfolding tomorrow, the shape of future religion will be born, if it is to be born at all.

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Michael Beckwith, Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni: Touching the Face of Tomorrow

Dr. Michael Beckwith is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational spiritual community whose Sunday services in Culver City, California regularly draw 4,000 people. In his own words, “My aspiration is that every individual who is touched by the vibration of Agape is inspired to cultivate a heart of love as wide as the world.”

Rabbi Marc Gafni, now President of the Center for Integral Wisdom was then the Founder and Spiritual Director of Bayit Chadash, an international holistic movement rooted in, though not limited to, the Jewish Tradition. As Rabbi Marc shares, Bayit Chadash is “A new home for ancient souls.”

Rev. Michael begins the dialogue by sharing some of the history of Agape, as well as a few memorable anecdotes from his college years. It was, after all, as a young man studying psychobiology that his spontaneous recognition of “the Presence” first appeared—not to mention a host of other things that you wouldn’t want to tell your professor about. Now, decades later, Rev. Michael is redefining the term “higher education,” and he goes on to give some of the latest updates about the brand-new Agape University.

Rabbi Marc then turns the dialogue towards love. As he shares, the popular notion is that love is something that “happens to you”—like getting hit by lightning. Going on, he introduces the Kabbalist notion that love is not simply an emotion that happens to you, but is a deep spiritual perception that one can enact. Specifically, Reb. Marc is referring to a very high form of love, where one can perceive the nondual interconnectivity of all things, and all persons. As he points out, not only can this perception spontaneously drop upon you—”arousal from above”—but it can be actively engaged through practice (thereby transforming a state experience into a stage competence).

Ken takes a moment to situate the conversation in a kind of broader theoretical (AQAL) framework. As he explains, one of the great contributions of postmodern thought was its understanding that there is no such thing as perception, only perspectives. In the manifest world, there is no such thing as “pure perception,” because all perceptions are necessarily situated in the perspectives of the sentient beings in which those perceptions are arising. And, not only can one take a first-, second-, or third-person perspective on any given occasion, but the level of development of the individual taking those perspectives will fundamentally determine what the content of that occasion will be. Bringing it back to the current conversation, if someone isn‘t able to perceive, say, Divine Love, it‘s because they either aren’t open enough to access that perception as a state, or they aren’t developed enoughto access that perception as a stage.

Make no mistake about it, these three souls are exploring today’s spirituality; and in so doing, are touching the face of tomorrow. From the leading edge of Spirit’s own unfolding, an edge that appears to be nothing less than integral, what does it mean to describe the contours of Spirit?

Touching the Face of Tomorrow. Part 1. Perspectives, Perceptions, and Loving God.

Touching the Face of Tomorrow. Part 2. The Many Domains of Ministry.

Touching the Face of Tomorrow. Part 3. The Three Faces of God.

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Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni: A Political Pilgrimage to Your Highest Self

In this passionate dialogue, Rabbi Gafni, who is talking to us by phone from Israel, sets the context by relating the fact thatthree of his young son’s friends have recently been killed in “the mother of all conflicts”: the horribly sad and impossible situation that is the Middle East today.

Rabbi Marc and Ken outline numerous dimensions of the conflict. On what might be called a “horizontal” level, there are what Samuel Huntington called “the clash of civilizations,” or the conflicting cultures with th eir disparate histories. On a vertical level, there are the different stages, waves, or levels ofdevelopment that also seem to be involved. The capture of Saddam Hussein highlights,but does not change, these fundamental issues.

Of the many different and legitimate scales of vertical development, Marc and Ken make reference to Spiral Dynamics and a few of its colorterms, including: red (egocentric, power drives), blue (mythic orders, fundamentalist religion, traditionalist), orange (modern, rational-scientific), green (postmodern, sensitive self, cultural creatives, multicultural), and yellow (beginning of integral or comprehensive and inclusive). It is not necessary to know all the details of any of these developmental models in order to appreciate this dialogue, but if you would like a short introduction to Spiral Dynamics, please see “What Is Spiral Dynamics Integral.”

After discussing the impact of all of these dimensions on the Mid-East conflict, Rabbi Marc suggests a simple but profound gesture: a political pilgrimage from Ur to Jerusalem, sponsored by Integral Institute and Bayit Chadash, that would both represent, and call attention to, the radical necessity of an integral approach to this incredibly complex and difficult conflict.

A useless gesture, or the beginning of a new way toapproach a conflict where all other approaches have dramatically failed? Listen to this moving dialogue and see what you think. But one thing is certain: this is indeed the mother of all conflicts, and if we cannot find a way to gain insights into its deepest contours, then the future not just of the region, but the world, is in doubt.

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Michael Zimmerman & Marc Gafni Unplugged

In this dialogue Michael Zimmerman, a transmitted Zen Sensei and former Chief Justice in Utah, and Marc Gafni explore the right relationship between ethics and enlightenment.Usually two camps present themselves: those concerned with ethics and those with enlightenment. And they rarely seem to understand each other.

In this dialogue, Marc Gafni and Michael Zimmerman, emerging from the Kabbalistic and Zen traditions respectively, look for a higher integration of these two primary goals of human endeavor – ethics and enlightenment.

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Jerry Judd & Marc Gafni dialogue 2012

Listen to this dialogue between Shalom Mountain Founder Jerry Judd and Shalom Mountain Wisdom School Teacher in Residence Marc Gafni.

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