Please join us this Sunday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM Pacific, for a conversation with a fresh, young voice, “Wet, Hot and Wild American Yogi”- Shyam Dodge. Shyam will open up about his life as a Hindu monastic and the events that led to a profound awakening to what he calls his “humanity.” Shyam believes that spirituality is about becoming more human, not less.
In order to experience a greater wholeness in himself he had to leave his life as a celibate monk behind, relinquishing the notion of classical spiritual enlightenment, and allowing himself to become more vulnerable. This transition into becoming more deeply invested in human life required both a radical openness as well as greater psychological clarity. It is this shift from classical Vedanta to a philosophy informed by psychological theory, developments in contemporary science, and everyday human experience that has led him to what he thinks are more compelling narratives for explaining and contextualizing profound spiritual experience and deepening into this “humanity”.
Shyam views this more integral vision as “The Great Feast of Knowledge” (a’ la Glenn Wallis), where one can invite poetry to converse with philosophy, biology with mysticism, psychoanalysis with metaphysics. Shyam believes that such a discourse makes us more human as well as satiates some of our deeper hungers and yearnings.
Terry and Shyam will engage in this discussion sitting at the (imaginary) Feast of Knowledge, sharing their favorite dishes with one another. One of the main topics of the discourse will be the transformative power of grief and the special place emotions hold in spiritual practice.
We invite you to sit with us, and Shyam, at the table and partake in the Great Feast, this Sunday.
About Shyam Dodge:
Shyam Dodge is a Harvard educated former monk. Raised in an ashram, he has been practicing and teaching meditation, Asian philosophy, and yoga for over 20 years. His books include a memoir, a collection of teaching stories, and a forthcoming war narrative of Hawaii. Shyam is an active critic and contributor to the understanding of contemporary Buddhism and yoga in North America. In addition to his work as a scholar and critic, he is a fiction writer, satirist, and pop culture essayist.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, September 23rd @ 10:00 AM Pacific*; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team