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FREE: Searching for Meaning In A World Gone Slightly Mad (John Vervaeke Study Group)

December 4 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am PST

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Join this group to participate in the brilliant work of John Vervaeke, professor of cognitive science and Buddhist psychology at the University of Toronto, who offers a deep context to what we might experience as a meaning crisis, the endless difficulty of sense-making–or what Ken Wilber called, “a world gone slightly mad” in his book The Eye of Spirit

According to Vervaeke, there are crises brewing in each of the Big Three perspectives (The I, The We and The It(s), as Integral refers to them): a crisis of meaning in the subjective (interior individual) domain, the culture wars of the intersubjective (interior collective) domain, and a crisis of hyperobjects in the objective (exterior) domains. Vervaeke’s research and ongoing work moves, through an extensive exploration of history, toward a more positive space of integration in a fragmented world. Sounds familiar, Integralists? 

This is an invitation to inhabit a tour de force of perspectives seeking Goodness, Truth and Beauty through history, anthropology, religion, spirituality, cognitive science, altered states and much, much more…and, ultimately, a challenge to cultivate wisdom, commit to practice and make our best attempt to empower the sacred marriage of sense and soul.

How this study/practice group works: 

The context to this study group will be a 50-episode YouTube series developed by John Vervake called Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. For each session, you will be required to watch 2 videos on your own (or in a group you may create). During the group we will engage in a discussion and a practice that helps us ground an aspect of the material in our daily lives. Depending on attendance and interest—and if we are brave—we will complete all 50 episodes over the coming months. Current plans are to meet twice a month. Halfway through our study group, if we make it that far, you may also become a lover of Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1 (if you aren’t already)!

Prior to our first session together, please watch these two videos.

As guest co-hosts, we will be joined by Bruce Alderman and Rollie Stanich for our first session. Nomali Perera will provide facilitation for each session while also encouraging rotating leadership from community members.  

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Optional: Join up to 10 minutes early to chit-chat, meditate or engage in some music together.

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December 4
9:00 am - 10:30 am PST
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