An online practitioners group, including online teachings and discussion, supplemented by one-on-one email correspondence with a CSS teacher, is available for Center members who have completed the CSS Foundation Studies Course, completed at least one year of the CSS Practitioners Group (or its equivalent in the Bishop or Anacortes groups), attended a CSS fall retreat, or completed phase III of the CSS Distance Studies Course. If you satisfy at least one of these prerequisites and you are a current CSS member (or are willing to renew your membership), then you are eligible to join the online group. To register, please complete the registration form.
David Cunningham currently is leading the group.
Time: Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Pacific time
Where: Google Hangouts
(Note: To use Google Hangouts, you need a Google account and a computer with a camera and microphone, a Windows or MacOS operating system that is current or at least one of the last two major versions, and a Chrome or Safari web browser that is a current or last prior major version. Safari requires the Hangouts plugin installed.)
The focus and purpose of this Online Practitioners’ Group, as always, is to reinforce each other’s spiritual practice, fostering the recognition of Gnosis. This will be the first time David mentors the group, so we will begin slowly. We will start with each group member sharing what they have studied and practiced. If there are participants from the previous group, we will review what that group studied and practiced, and where it left off. Joel’s book The Way of Selflessness (WOS) will form the backbone of our study. Unless the situation dictates otherwise, we will start at Part 5 of WOS. If we reach an appropriate point and have sufficient time, we may introduce Shinzen Young’s “The Science of Enlightenment” as an additional study text. This book shares detailed instructions for practicing mindfulness, both in sitting meditation, and when not “on the cushion.” It will give us additional helpful ways of understanding and practicing the “path of deconstruction,” the heart of all mystical practice.