But beyond that, humans are born suggestible and naive, as children are, which is why everyone wants to get at the children, and why Byron Katie wants to regress you to be a BK Schoolmate in the Byron Katie School.
Loving What Is: A Day with Byron Katie
Sat, Sep 11, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Community Meditation Hall
Cost $150-$90 sliding scale. Code BK1B10.
Online Registration Open - Click here to register
Byron Katie is offering this workshop as a benefit for the Spirit Rock Scholarship Fund.
I need to be different. I should lose weight. My children shouldn’t talk back. My partner should listen to me. Thoughts like these may run through your mind hundreds of times a day, fostering fear, anger, stress and depression. The Work of Byron Katie is a way to deeply investigate these thoughts. Its four simple questions can radically transform your life.
The Work has been called the most powerful self-realization practice ever developed. Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, says, "The Work is like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through illusion and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your being."
In this workshop, Katie, with her humor and lovingly incisive clarity, will introduce you to The Work. Anyone with an open mind can do it. She will show you how to identify and question the stressful thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world, and how self-inquiry can deepen your practice and bring you a happy life.
Note: We expect a full house for this event, so please register early to ensure your space. Carrpooling is strongly recommended and there is a $10 fee for cars with less than two passengers.
"Byron Katie may never have trained in Buddhism, but what she teaches is pure dharma. Her Work is Manjusri's delusion-cutting sword, and she uses it fearlessly, relentlessly and with utmost generosity. I have rarely seen anyone, including teachers from different spiritual traditions, realize the essential nature of not-knowing as powerfully as Katie in her passionate embrace of each and every moment." - Roshi Bernie Glassman
"Katie's Work is a wonderful, transformative practice for anyone interested in spiritual growth." - Lama Surya Das
"The Work of Byron Katie is a completely accessible user-friendly form of the ancient way of spiritual inquiry, a simple method that anyone can use to untangle difficulties in work, love, and family, and at the same time it opens the deepest spiritual directions." - John Tarrant Roshi
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Byron Katie woke up one morning in 1986 at the bottom of a ten-year fall into depression, anger and addiction, and realized that all suffering comes from believing our thoughts. She saw that no one is separate from anyone or anything. Many people have moments of clarity, but Katie went further. Questioning every painful thought she had, she developed an amazing way to pass on her experience, a method of inquiry she called The Work.
June 30, 2008 at 10:23 am
I read that Rick Ross thread and, like I wrote to Zentient, they got some paranoid, over-reactive people over there. I want nothing to do with the ad hominem attacks against Katie. I think she’s a fine person, despite disagreeing with her stark view of reality.
Anon Email says:
August 29, 2009 at 2:56 am
Katie encourages us to question our thoughts. So why not question our thoughts about HER? About spiritual teachers and spirituality?
Are you a spiritual junkie? Do you jump from one spiritual teacher to another? When will that end? Will you be doing the same thing all your life? Who are these people that you admire (worship)? Are they really helping?
Have you ever noticed that when you encounter a new teacher, it’s a revelation? Then the zap gradually wanes. It’s like a caffeine hit or something. I think that eventually you find that there are no new teachers, no new revelations they can give you. The revelations become internal – you have to go out on your own.
These are things I’m asking myself. I’ve certainly displayed these behaviours. I feel a time is coming for me to “kill the Buddha”. What does that mean? That everything they say is meaningless – is more to attach to.
Don’t attach too much to these comments!
March 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Anon Email- You have really really hit the enitre essence of this topic. Why are you seeking whatever? I have noticed for years now, especially since we have had programs such as Oprah, we have been bombarded with many many “Spiritual Teachers”, and their many many ways to become Enlightened. Why? It’s almost like we are ever seeking, seeking, becoming, becoming?
Why? They are all essentially saying the same thing, they use their methods and twist it into a package that looks “different”, and then the next thing you know, “they are the bomb”!
Don’t you people get it? It’s a BUSINESS! And as long as you “think” you need some ENLIGHTENMENT, or you need to change something about yourself, because you are angry, sad, hurt, frustrated, crippled, you will be attracted always to these Spiritual Guru’s.
And as ANon so eloquently stated, there is nothing new, Jesus, said it thousands upon thousands of years ago, and the mass rip off of Guru’s have embraced it and twisted it to establish their BUSINESS.
Think about this- If say tomorrow, we had no more money system and there would no longer be a need to use money to buy anything, how Guru’s that have set up shop as “New Age Enlightenment” still be in business??? How many?? There is nothing NEW, and like Anon stated the revelations become internal and you have to go out on your own..
You really don’t need anyone to enlighten you, you are you own Guru.