Going Deeper: Freedom, Liberation, and Mindfulness

A Daylong Retreat with Michael Taft

Saturday, January 16, 2016
2701 Folsom St, San Francisco

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

Enlightenment, freedom, liberation, Nirvana – these are just a few of the names we use for the goal of the Buddhist path; for “going all the way,” as the Buddha said. You have started on the path, but how are you practicing towards its end? In this one-day workshop, you will learn and practice several powerful mindfulness meditation techniques geared towards the experience of freedom. Whether you are a new practitioner or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find something of value in this day dedicated towards the liberation of all beings.

“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.” – Buddha


Cost: Sliding Scale $35-$75, plus dana to the teacher. 
Scholarships and Work Study available; no one is turned away for lack of funds.

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Michael W. Taft is an author, editor, meditation teacher, and neuroscience junkie. He is currently a meditation coach specializing in secular, science-based meditation training in corporate settings and one-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, including  The Mindful Geek, and Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept, Ego (which he co-authored), as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson and the upcoming The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young.

He has taught at Google and worked on curriculum development for SIYLI. Michael is also an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab. He was previously editor-in-chief of Being Human, a site for exploring what evolution, neuroscience, biology, psychology, archeology, and technology can tell us about the human condition, and was editorial director of Sounds True.

From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice. Michael is a senior facilitator in Shinzen Young’s Basic Mindfulness system, and is a teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He currently lives in Berkeley, California, and is founding editor of the popular mindfulness meditation blog Deconstructing Yourself.

This daylong will be held at Against the Stream’s San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. 


Cushions and chairs will be available.