Join us on Sunday, September 8th at 10am Pacific for a dialogue with Kenneth Folk entitled “Awakening is Possible, But So What? — A Pragmatic Approach to Intersubjective Awakening.”
Kenneth Folk has collaborated with neuroscientists, social scientists, and psychologists in an effort to better understand spiritual awakening through a contemporary lens. Based on his investigations he has come to define awakening as “the ability to see experience as process in real time.” And he says awakening is possible and a realistic goal for almost everyone. But so what?
Neuroscientists continue to stack up evidence that meditation changes the brain, resulting in higher levels of wellbeing. Meditators say, “I told you so.” But again, so what? If meditation is just a way for an individual to sit quietly and have a pleasant experience, we may as well watch television.
How does awakening benefit society and the world? Is there such a thing as intersubjective awakening? Kenneth believes that it is just as reasonable to talk about waking up a relationship or a culture as it is to talk about waking up an individual. In both cases, developmental awakening results from iteratively objectifying the subject. By that, he means that a filter that is coloring experience (but not being seen as a filter) is functioning as “me” as the “subject”. We are fused with whatever lenses we cannot objectify. While so fused, we cannot change or become more conscious.
Taking this further, it follows that as individuals and as a human collective, we are asleep to the extent that our lenses are invisible to us. Kenneth says the solution is to “light up” the lenses, by bringing them into conscious awareness. He points to human relationship and interaction, the intersubjective domain, as a particularly fertile arena for this kind of development.
Drawing on the work of developmental psychologist Robert Kegan and philosopher Ken Wilber, among others, Kenneth and I will explore conceptual frameworks for intersubjective awakening as well as practical techniques for bringing it about.
With all of the excitement around “we-space” practices in the integral evolutionary community, it will be especially rich to explore Kenneth’s ideas on the intersubjective space. Join us for what I expect will be an original, living, emergent conversation!
About Kenneth Folk
Kenneth Folk began practicing Buddhist meditation in 1980 and has trained extensively in the Mahasi Theravada Buddhist tradition in Southeast Asia and the United States. His main teachers were Bill Hamilton, Sayadaw U Pandita, and Sayadaw U Kundala. In 2004, Kenneth experienced a fundamental shift in consciousness, finding a happiness that is not dependent on conditions and ending his life-long struggle with depression. Since that time, he has devoted his life to helping others realize this same peace of mind. Kenneth is known for combining different contemplative approaches in clear and accessible ways, for his innovative and highly effective techniques, and for the success of his students.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, September 8th at 10am Pacific; 11:00 am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team