Awakin Circle, Banyan Grove -- with Mu Deng!
On Sun, May 6th @4PM, we're delighted to host our monthly Awakin Circle at Banyan Grove!

For this particular circle, we will also be joined by friends from Xilai Zen Center in China -- and we may hear some extended reflections from Buddhist nun, Mu Deng at the tail end of our circle.

More Context/Backstory: Awakin gatherings started when three friends got together two decades ago to sit in silence in an ordinary living room in Silicon Valley. No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes. And instead of closing the door, they left it open ... to all.

Today, Awakin Circles have organically rippled to eighty cities around the globe. People meditate for the first hour, engage in a circle of reflective sharing in the second hour, and conclude the night by receiving a delicious home-cooked meal. A palpable sense of gratitude and community weaves through it all. Folks have blogged about its extra"ordinariness," and the ripples of inner transformation are countless -- and continue on. Simply put, Awakin Circles are about sharing stillness, service, and community.

The evening will flow like this ...
4:00PM An hour of collective silence in our new zendo (meditation hall). This hour is unguided, without any instructions or music. For first-timers, this primer on meditation may be helpful.
5:00PM A short reading of a reflective passage from a wisdom tradition, followed by a circle of sharing of "aha" moments from everyday life. This month's passage is The Power of Here.
5:45PM Reflections from Mu Deng.
6:00PM A vegetarian meal is offered in the Main House.

To join, RSVP by submitting your email address below and you'll be emailed the details.