New Mindful Trading Cards

Our recent offering of Mindful Trading Cards featuring quotes from Jon Kabat-Zinn and others became an instant success. The original edition sold out within a couple of days — but don’t despair. Later this week we expect delivery of a new series, this time featuring inspirational quotes from our brilliant business partner Tara Brach. Each quote is juxtaposed with a suitable illustration, showing the relevance of these mindul maxims to challenging life situations.

So, pull out your VISA card, sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice shot of prairie fire.

Why Dressing for Success is Good Upaya

Dress better, become a more successful spiritual teacher?
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A recent study from Transintegral Institute suggests that dressing up for work could do wonders for a Zen teacher’s productivity, whether giving a public talk, interviewing students, or promoting a new series of online teachings.

Using a number of measures, including simulated retreat situations at which subjects wore formal and more casual clothing, the studies offer indications that wearing nicer clothes may raise one’s confidence level, affect how others perceive the wearer, and in some cases even boost the level of one’s ability to ventriloquize complex tropes, the type of activity in which sensei and roshi engage.

Rob Mayo, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Richard M Nixon School of Management, co-wrote the study for the Journal of Entrepreneurial Contemplation which showed that clothes with high socio-spiritual status can increase dominance and job performance in the highly competitive niche market of American Zen.

The study put 128 men ages 25 to 72 with diverse backgrounds through role-playing exercises — including a mock teisho and dokusan situation — to see whether wearing specific kinds of clothing had an effect on the outcomes. All participants had some experience of formal Zen training, ranging from six weeks to five years, but none had received formal sanctioning as Zen teachers.

The “teacher” in each case came from one of three groups. One group, sporting shaved heads, wore some kind of formal priest’s robes with butterfly sleeves, brocade kesa or rakusu. and tabi socks. Props included fly-whisks, kotsu sticks, and juzu beads. A second group wore samugi and tee shirt. A third group, referred to as “neutrals,” kept wearing “casual Friday”-type clothing. Both groups two and three used mala beads, but no other props. The group of “students”, who were asked to evaluate the “teachers’” performance using the Higgs-Winterbottom Spiritual Evaluation Test, consisted of 75 volunteers recruited from various MBSR, Vipassana- and Zen groups.

What the results show, Prof. Mayo says, is that in competitive, winner-take-all situations, wearing more formal attire can send others a signal “about you being successful and real confident in whatever you’re doing.” Those more casually dressed, on the other side of the table, tend to back down more easily, he says. The ones in formal attire become aware of the respect they are receiving and become more forceful, thus increasing their thaumaturgical efficiency as well, he says.

Another study published last year in the journal Psychological and Spiritual Manipulation, suggests that people engage in higher levels of spiritual clichés when they dress up, compared with when they dress casually. When some 45 participants were asked to deliver a Dharma talk, the ones dressed more formally engaged in the kinds of reflexive discourse that someone in a position of power, like a senior monk, would deploy. After being tested in both formal and casual dress, another 23 subjects were quicker to recall and utilize convincing-sounding plattitudes when they dressed more formally. The casual dressers tended to hesitate more and resort to less convincing examples.

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“When you need to pontificate about matters of ultimate concern, or discuss subjects unfamiliar to you (i.e. Western philosophy, psychology, quantum mechanics), that’s when dressing formally will increase your ability to seduce your audience,” says co-author Catherine Muho Mann, a postdoctoral research scholar and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia Business School. “People who wear that kind of clothing feel more powerful,” she says. “When you feel more powerful, you don’t have to focus on the details.”

What kinds of clothes qualify as formal or higher-status dress, of course, can depend on the sangha your teaching in.Fashion consultants offer some insights that could be useful in any number of businesses.

“Put it up a notch, but not such a big notch that you’re going to make everyone else in the sangha uncomfortable,” says Annie Tricklebine, founder of Mindful Wardrobe Works, a personal-wardrobe consulting firm. For the average Zen teacher, that could mean an imported Japanese robe and brocade rakusu, especially for retreat situations. She recommends some careful, deliberate dressing-down for less formal or secular circumstances, such as teaching a mindfulness class or hanging with your peers.

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“Say you’re wearing loose-fitting pants and a samugi jacket. The V-cut of the medieval Japanese outfit is what gives you some finish and authority,” she says. Also, “Wear a rakusu when it’s important, or you don’t have 100 % confidence in your personal charisma.” One option: Those who don’t want to wear a brocade bib all day can keep one in their man bag and put it on whenever they need a boost of self-confidence.

For most Zen teachers, formal priest’s attire, koromo, kesa, zagu, and so on, can put you in a more professional mind-set, says Aaron Roth, a spiritual style consultant and founder of NextLevelLook.com, an online style course for aspiring Zen masters. He emphasizes that you don’t need to actually be a full-time priest or monk to pull off this simple trick. “Most of my clients hold regular day jobs, but once they put on their power robes, no one would guess.”
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If wearing fancy robes will come off too strong, Roth recommends focusing on fit (comfortably wide but not too baggy) and quality (linen or 100 % cotton), traditional Japanese work clothes. Wearing a crisp shirt with a mandarin collar or nice beads around your wrist can do the trick as well, he says.

Sometimes a small fashion adjustment can have big results. Don’t go looking too far afield if searching for a model of success to imitate. While Brad Warner seems to have done pretty well in business wearing bunny ears and a leather jacket, experts say he’s an outlier.

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“Brad Warner is in a creative enterprise,” Aaron Roth says. “People like that are playing around with their status symbols. For most of us, high status means koromo and kesa.”

Neurologists struggle to regain equanimity after possible breakthrough

Not for the first time, the entire mindfulness industry and the world of contemplative neuro science is abuzz with rumors of scientific proof that contemplative practice holds the key to solving some of the most pressing issues of our troubled times.

“Certain forms of thinking changes the brain”, Lawrence Miser, jolly good professor at Richard M Nixon University, affirms. His excitement centres on a longstanding experiment known as the “Advanced Brain Interferometer Neurological Observatory” (informally known as “the very expensive machine that goes ping”) which uses state of the art technology to take really cool color images of the brain.

Miser says that he’s 99,9 % confident that new images prove that the part of our brain that helps process critical theory and irony, the inner amygdala, appears larger in people who are habitually engaging in discursive thinking.

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Brain of non-meditating middle-manager (center-liberal)

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Brain of non-meditating intellectual (socialist)

But what’s really interesting is what these images say about the brains of mindfulness practitioners:

They look the exact opposite!

Experienced meditators show more capacity for suppressing impulses towards critical thinking and independent, open-ended discursive cognition. In other words: meditators show a significantly lowered risk of getting lost in a thicket of views. Long-time mindfulness practitioners also appear virtually immune to subversive forms of rhetoric, such as humor, irony, teasing, and sarcasm.

“Now, these findings really just confirm what we’ve expected for a long time,” says Professor Miser. “That’s valuable in itself, but that’s not what makes us so excited.

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Brain of meditator (apolitical)

You see, what we also found was that subjects exposed to MBSR or similar programs for more than a couple of weeks become considerably less prone to engage in activism. On the other hand, they tend to be extremely aggressive and trigger-happy when faced with a perceived threat to their newly acquired belief system. When someone mocks their faith in mindfulness, for example, these subjects show cortisol, testosterone, and adrenaline levels of the kind you’d expect in a raving lunatic. And this means we can expect a renewed interest from the military to invest in the Mindful Sniper™ Program, which in turn will guarantee continued funding for our lab here.”

 

Mindful Trading Cards

Throughout the ages devoted mindfuldistas have employed pithy, penetrating sayings of the masters to develop compassion, equanimity, lovingkindness, and joy for others. Known as transformative reeducation — or mind-training — teachings, these aphorisms and slogans have been the subject of deep study, contemplation, and commentary for centuries.

This new offering from Transintegral Institute consists of a series of fresh slogans from the canonical scriptures of mindfulness, each with an illustration used for visualization practice.

To use these slogan cards to enhance your practice of mindfulness, display a new card each day.  In this way a different aspect of the teachings will be illuminated.  Alternatively, display one card for a longer period of time and use it as support for contemplating a particular saying fully.  Exploring the slogans in this way will help reveal their more profound implications.

Each card was individually designed by Tutteji himself. After living among and teaching Westerners for almost three years, his approach is uniquely insightful into the ways that the slogans could be misunderstood or misinterpreted within our culture. Here, he presents a refreshing and clarifying view, which seeks to correct points of confusion.

Each individually wrapped card is ONLY $9.95 and comes with two pieces of organic  green tea flavored bubblegum.

So order now, sit back, relax, and have a shot of Smoked Salmon Vodka from one of our sponsors.
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These profound words are presented with clarity, compassionate directness, and penetrating insight. This set of trading cards should be cherished as the companion of all who seek true meaning in life.
Shady Meng Tan — Senior Fortune writer at Wonton Foods.

Tutteji Dai Osho draws from the canon of Mindfulness teachings and brings them into the context of contemporary life and thought. The wisdom of these teachings is equally relevant for all cultures, ancient and modern.
The Secular BusybodyFounder, The Secular Pratyekabuddha

 

Transintegral Islam: Entrepreneurial Jihad

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Welcome to Entrepreneurial Jihad™ — A Fun and Profitable Telecourse for advanced level transintegrals

Generally, an entrepreneur’s self-understanding is that I’m wild, creative, slightly narcissistic, sort of out of control, and just trying to do my life and make it happen, make a ton of money and find a vehicle for my wild creativity.

And that’s all good. As all spiritual geniuses have asserted: “Greed is Good”.

Greed is the high-octane fuel for Kosmic Evolution™ itself. It is known by many names: some call it bodhicitta, others Eros. But ultimately, it doesn’t matter what name we give this Force, as long as we tap into it and make it work for us.

But when the entrepreneur self-references in that way and I’ve talked to thousands of the entrepreneurs about exactly this, the entrepreneur self-perception is ultimately of being narcissistic, more than slightly greedy, self-involved and the entrepreneur that loses a sense of their infinite, gorgeous value and how utterly, wildly, essentially necessary the entrepreneur and entrepreneurship is for the future of reality itself.

You see my friends; the entrepreneur is not actually alienated from reality. The entrepreneur is not lost in a self-reference, cut off from the universe; actually we live in an entrepreneurial universe. The nature of reality itself is entrepreneurial. Quarks, subatomic particles, seek connection with other particles to create a higher value proposition which is called Atoms. Atoms seek connection, interpenetration, relationship with other atoms to create a higher value proposition which is called molecules.

And in fact, there is an entrepreneurial drive in reality itself. In the Santa Fe Institute, the mid 80s, they talked about this as the fifth force of the universe. In this fifth force, this erotic entrepreneurial drive seeks new creativity, new meaning, and new value all the time. And to be an entrepreneur is to be an expression, an embodied personal face of this entrepreneurial impulse, this evolutionary impulse which is core to reality itself.

Actually, my friends, we have finite resources, we have finite resources in the physical world and we have a desperate need to expand our resources. We can only expand our resources through our one infinite resource. That is an entrepreneurial creativity, our ability to create new possibility. Actually, source, essence, which some people called God, the evolutionary impulse is the possibility of possibility.

The possibility of possibility awakens through entrepreneurship. It’s actually entrepreneurs, all of us viewing ourselves as entrepreneurs with our unique gift to give, that will actually save the world that will actually transform our planet. It is the ecstatic urgency of the entrepreneurial impulse which is going to take us to next step. That’s the beginning, that’s the opening to what we are calling conscious entrepreneurship.

Welcome to this conversation. We need you. We need your voice. We need your creativity. We are inviting all of you to step in to this journey of evolutionary transformation, wild creativity and profound prosperity in every level of reality.

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Two Instant Bestsellers from Sal Berg

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Real Happiness In Between Jobs. Meditation for Accomplishment, Achievment, and Prosperity
by Sal Berg
198 pages
Paperback
$29.95

Real Happiness In Between Jobs brings the profound benefits of meditation to a situation where people could use it most―unemployment. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers.

A companion to The Mindful Middle-Manager, Sal Berg’s Real Happiness In Between Jobs is a practical guide to improving unemployed life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do remake themselves into a more employable version of themselves.

Dividing the idea of unemployed satisfaction into eight pillars, Real Happiness In Between Jobs is filled with secular wisdom; core meditations on broad themes like motivation, awareness, and seeing the good in others; and more than a dozen exercises, including Moving From Me to We and When Things Get Even Worse. Sprinkled throughout the book are short “stealth” meditations, the kind that are quick, private, and doable anywhere―“Let the kids scream three times, follow your breath, then pick them up” and “For an upcoming job interview, resolve to accept any shitty deal.”

Even the unemployed life is haunted by the ills of harried life. But as science increasingly shows, meditation is the antidote.

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The Mindful Middle Manager. Meditation for Accomplishment, Achievment, and Prosperity
by Sal Berg
198 pages
Paperback
$29.95

The Mindful Middle Manager brings the profound benefits of meditation to a situation where people could use it most―the contemporary office. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers.

A companion to Real Happiness In Between Jobs, Sal Berg’s The Mindful Middle-Manager is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work.

Dividing the idea of workplace satisfaction into eight pillars, The Mindful Middle Manager is filled with secular wisdom; core meditations on broad themes like motivation, awareness, and seeing the good in others; and more than a dozen exercises, including Moving From Me to We and When Things Go Wrong. Sprinkled throughout the book are short “stealth” meditations, the kind that are quick, private, and doable anywhere—“Let the phone ring three times, follow your breath, then pick it up” and “For an upcoming one-on-one conversation, resolve to listen more and speak less.”

Even the best jobs are filled with stress, tough deadlines, impatient bosses, seemingly endless meetings—all the ills of harried life. But as science increasingly shows, meditation is the antidote.

Sal Berg

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Born in Lima, Ohio in 1955, Sal Berg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined his life direction. His teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. Sal offers non-sectarian retreat and study opportunities for participants from widely diverse backgrounds.

Sal first encountered Buddhism in 1973 in an Asian philosophy course at the Richard M Nixon University in Taos, NM. The course sparked an interest that, in 1970, took him to India, for an independent study program. Sal traveled motivated by “an intuition that the methods of meditation would bring me some clarity and peace.”

In 1975, in Bodh Gaya, India, Sal attended his first intensive meditation course. He spent the next years engaged in intensive study with highly respected meditation teachers. Sal returned to America in 1980 and began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation. Today he leads intensive retreats worldwide as well as a variety of non-residential programs, workshops, and classes.

Sal has also emerged as a featured speaker and teacher at a wide variety of events. He served as a panelist with the Dalai Lama and leading scientists at the 2005 Mind and Life Investigating the Mind Conference in Washington, DC. He also coordinated the meditation faculty for the 2005 Mind and Life Summer Institute, an intensive five-day meeting to advance research on the intersection of meditation and the cognitive and behavioral sciences. At the 2005 Sacred Circles Conference at the Washington National Cathedral, Sal served as a keynote speaker. He has addressed audiences at the State of the World Forum, the Peacemakers Conference (sharing a plenary panel with Nobel Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jose Ramos Horta) and has delivered keynotes at Tricycle’s Buddhism in America Conference, as well as Yoga Journal, Kripalu and Omega conferences. He was selected to attend the Gethsemani encounter, a dialogue on spiritual life between Buddhist and Christian leaders that included His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sal has appeared at least a dozen times on the Secular Buddhist podcast and is a Buddhist Geeks elder. His TEDx talks have inspired thousands of people to take up the practice of mindfulness. He is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at this year’s Wisdom 2.0 conference, and he runs a successful online enlightenment service.

The written word is central to Sal Berg’s teaching and studies. He is the author of nine books including Meetings with Remarkable X-Buddhists, the NY Times bestsellers Mindfulness Matters and The Secular Monk. In his early Buddhist studies at the Richard M Nixon University, he discovered Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s book, The Warrior’s Way of Drunk Driving. He later attended a talk by Trungpa at a nearby school:  he was the first practicing Buddhist Sal was mesmerized by. While studying in India, Shunryu Suzuki’s book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind profoundly influenced the direction of Sal’s meditation practice. T Lobsang Rampa’s The Third Eye and My Visit to Venus deepened Sal’s commitment to Vajrayana scholasticism and had a profound influence on his own writing. More recently, Sal was deeply impressed by the writings of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Ayn Rand.

Sal is a regular columnist for Tricycle, BuddhaDharma, Lion’s Roar and Mindful as well as a regular contributor the the Huffington Post , and was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine for several years. He has appeared in Time Magazine, Yoga Journal, , Real Simple, Body & Soul, Mirabella, Good Housekeeping, Self & Self Help, Playboy, GQ, Men’s Health, Maxim, Juggs, Swank, Hustler, and Shambhala Sun, as well as on a variety of podcasts. Various anthologies on spirituality have featured Sal Berg and his work, including Meetings with Remarkable Dudes, Gifts of the Spirit, A Complete Guide to Buddhist America, Handbook of the Heart, The Best Guide to Meditation, From the Ashes—A Mindful Response to the Attack on America, and How to Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism

Self as Market

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Self As Market. The Radical Path to Real Plenitude
by Tutteji Dai Osho
198 pages
Paperback
$29.95

 

Underlying the vision behind Western civilization is the recognition that every individual has the right to prosper and succeed as well as the fundamentally sacred nature of private property and exchange value. This democratic understanding of the worth and standing of the individual and the principles of the Free Market lies at the core of what the West calls Enlightenment, and it can be seen as the prime mover of Evolution itself.

So as we embark on a spiritual path, we should be careful not to dismiss Western Enlightenment. Nor should we simply take this great inheritance for granted, and passively let it carry us along our chosen path. On the contrary, if our spiritual commitment is serious, we must actively engage with the Market. It doesn’t matter if you are a natural entrepreneur, a producer, or a simple consumer. Each one of us has to find our own, unique place on the Market, familiarize ourselves with it, and cultivate it. This is the highest Bodhisattvic action. This is living on the Third Tier.

Classical enlightenment, sometimes called Eastern enlightenment because it was greatly emphasized in the East, is about the individual merging into the greater One. The appearance of a separate self is an illusion, which must be overcome as the individual realizes that one is really not separate at all but part of the One. The goal of Eastern enlightenment is moving beyond the grasping ego and desperately seeking separate self by attaining a state of consciousness in which the illusion of separateness was dissolved in the greater One. This path of classical enlightenment is seen as the path beyond suffering.

Transintegral theory honors this perspective as well. But it appropriates and transcends eastern enlightenment. Transintegral theory and practice takes it to a whole new level where we realize that it’s not enough to go beyond suffering. It opens up the possibility of attaining success and prosperity in this very life through the practice of merging with the Market itself.

Self-as-Market enlightenment brings the Eastern and Western understandings about enlightenment together, into a higher Transintegral World Spirituality embrace. Self-as-Market enlightenment is based on your commitment to transcend separate self into the One, as you realize that that essence is nothing but the Market itself. Self-as-Market opens the door to the potential democratization of enlightenment. To awaken to your Self as Market is to be lived as God, which, in truth, means to be lived as pure Entrepreneurial Spirit itself.

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“It is very rare that one comes across a teacher or a book that is ‘changing the game.’ My friend, Tutteji Dai Osho, is such a teacher. He is a rare combination of brilliance, depth, and heart. Tutteji’s teaching on the Self-as-Market in an evolutionary context is ‘changing the game.'” — Michael Mann, patron of Esalen Institute

“Your Self as Market is one of the most brilliant, provocative, and original books of the new century. Tutteji Dai Osho provides an evolutionary road map for the great birth. His unique vision is absolutely essential for the next step of evolution. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
–Andrew Doltey, Author of The Game: A Guide to Sacred Coaching

“TUTTEJI’S TRANSINTEGRAL SELF-AS-MARKET TEACHING IS SEMINAL – this groundbreaking book will change forever not only how you think about enlightenment, but how you understand the very nature of human life itself. The Self-as-Market work offers one of the most significant contemporary evolutions of enlightenment teaching.”
–Ken Dillinger, Transintegral Philosopher

“Tutteji, a fellow drinker at the holy taverns has written a fine, fine book. Kabbalists say a Day of Fixing is coming. There are great stories here from the Hasidic masters and from Tutteji’s own life as a spiritual entrepreneur, honoring the unique soulmaking that has brought you to this moment. Awaken to the individual beauty of your path.”
–Doghouse Riley, von Mises-translator

“Tutteji’s teaching on the nature of the Self radically evolves the way we understand and realize enlightenment. He is a great teacher of both heart and mind. His depth, practicality, and heartfelt charisma will change your life.”
–John Ray, Author of Men Are Driving Cars, Women Feed Babies

“With exceptional brilliance and an awakened heart, Tutteji Dai Osho speaks for the evolution of consciousness. Self-as-Market enlightenment is essential for the next stage in our evolution. They have emerged from his direct experience as a successful businessman and Adept. I highly recommend them.”
–Michael Bernard Bohrwinkel, Author of Spiritual Success: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

“Tutteji is a brilliant teacher, a master of brainwaves and market fluctuations.  This book contains the essence of his teaching on what it means to live an enlightened life from a ground of one’s own business. A truly ground-shifting book… it can change your life. A book that deserves to become a classic.”
–Sally Sue, Author of The Mindful Investor.

“Tutteji has written a brilliant book. He articulates a bold philosophy that calls every individual to realize their Unique place on the Market and give their Unique Gifts to it. Tutteji and Ken Dillinger are catalytic voices for the newly emergent World Spirituality movement. I highly recommend this book.”
–John Macahan, CEO XXX Services, Chair Center for Global Spirituality

“A great read. Tutteji not only understands the material, but has lived it. The book is both thorough and fun, and will provoke deep thoughts. I meant to scan it on vacation and ended up reading it cover to cover in one sitting. It’s a book that is worth many readings. It will both fascinate you in its insights and annoy you that you haven’t read this book until now.”
–Dave Lovelace Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Radical Leadership, former Associate Dean of Richard M Nixon School of Business

“This is an amazing book from an amazing mind. Using the concept of Self-as-Market the author succeeds in…redefining, extending, and integrating the core meanings of healing, wholeness and the self will expand the consciousness of all readers. I compliment the author’s intellectual, spiritual, and financial achievement and recommend it to all travelers on the journey to enlightenment, or prosperity, or their unification.”
–Harville Henry, Ph.D., Author of Getting the Wealth You Want: A Guide for the Perplexed

“Tutteji is a very inspiring and talented transformational teacher.”
–Eckhart Trolle

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From the Author

We once believed that to be enlightened was a process of evolving beyond your experience of being a skin encapsulated ego, your separate self, in order to realize your essence as indivisible from the seamless coat of the universe. This is actually the first stage of a much greater journey. What unfolds next is the realization of your true, unique place on the Market as the highest expression of enlightenment. Self as Market offers a paradigm-shifting investigation into the nature of spiritual awakening and the underlying purpose of human existence. This book speaks dangerous words — dangerous to your sense that you are small — to your feeling that you are invisible or poor. Self as Market dares you to listen dangerously — to embrace your greatness and open to the infinite intelligence of the Free Market that yearns to enter the world as you.

Mindfulness Based Breast Augmentation

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Let’s start with a couple of simple truths.

1. A majority of women in the world are unhappy with their breast size.

2. Those on a spiritual path are no exception.

Now, according to postmodern, mean green boomer discourse, spiritual women shouldn’t worry too much about their breasts, or their looks in general.

If you’re a woman and you’ve reached 2nd tier, you know this life-denying ideology is a violation of the feminine principle. If you’ve done your transintegral homework, you also know better than to mess with sacred archetypes. You respect them and uphold them, embodying the timeless Feminine (which is no other than your Sacred Self) while participating in the Dance of the Market.

And, guess what, having a classic enlightenment experience, or even taking that momentous leap to 3rd tier that makes you a master surfer of the evolutionary crest, won’t change much. In fact, most women will become more concerned about the proper way of embodying the Feminine as they begin to embody their Enlightenment. (From a 1st tier, flatland perspective someone this devoted to the Goddess principle will, of course, simply appear as someone “unhappy with their breast size”.)

If you’re reading this, you’re very likely already at 2nd tier. Countless scientific studies have shown that 5 % of the world’s population has reached this stage of individual evolution (or will do so within the next few years). This is truly wonderful, and I genuinely share your joy and sense of accomplishment.

But here’s the hitch: There are multiple levels above those outlined by the Integral movement (itself a 2nd tier phenomenon, sharing many of the pathologies typical for this stage, including hyperbolic speech patterns, megalomania, and poor judgement when it comes to choosing both spiritual teachers and suits). I’m not bullshitting you here; at least one new, scientific study from the Richard M Nixon University confirms what sages and pundits have said through the ages: there are new tiers all the way up.

So … What are you waiting for? Time waits for no one, and soon those perky breasts will start sagging.

I believe that boob jobs themselves, when carried out as an act of devotion, belongs in the third tier. That you might see the value of skillful breast augmentation if you’re still on 2nd Tier, or even struggling to be free of the green meme. But you won’t really get it unless you take action yourself.

Fortunately, going for surgery is not the only way to increase the size of your breasts. And, remember, your body is a temple dedicated to the Great Goddess. You don’t want to renovate it with a sledgehammer, do you? In this new CD, Dr Maribel Jadore will share with you a complete program that you can do at home. If you follow it, both you and your loved ones will be able to see and feel the difference within a couple of weeks.

How does mindfulness work to increase breast size?

In Mindfulness Based Breast Augmentation™ we offer two traditional, basic techniques for developing mindful breast augmentation.

Seated Meditation
Doing anapanasati (meditation on the breath) forces your breasts to develop because the breathing exercises you perform helps in building up the subtle pectoral muscles, which will stimulate glandular and fat tissue in your breasts. When you perform this simple meditation, you will be working on all the muscles around your chest area that makes your breast larger and more toned.

Prostrations
Doing full-length prostrations is a powerful way to work on your chest area. Bow, bend, and slide, over and over again. This will reduce your karmic burden while you develop a nicely toned chest area.

Order your CD NOW, then sit back, relax, and have a nice shot of Cuervo Gold. At only $19.95 this is a real bargain — and one that will change your life (and body) for the better and forever.

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Transintegral Enthrallment™

Take the Next Step and Get In Over Your Head

Transintegral Enthrallment: Merging Body, Mind, and Market: An 8 Week TeleCourse facilitated by Diana Chikan Nelson Roshi and Dorkai Haze Roshi.

8 weeks of active and embodied exploration into the actualization of profitable spirituality and self-commodification. The focus of this course will be to work with your own inquiry into the Practice of One Market.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Developmental Practices to Accelerate Personal Branding

Tutteji Wachtmeister’s groundbreaking research on successful personal branding practices takes form in powerful injunctions designed to evolve you through conscious engagement with the developmental spiral of contemporary marketing strategies. Discover the next wave of integrative practices emerging in your life today and find yourself riding the frothy edge of Kosmic evolution.

Week 2: Swimming in your Embodiment: Mastering the Art of Self-Commodification.

Free yourself from shelf-worn narratives and the ego-illusion. Wake up to Life as a successfully marketed commodity on the One Market

Week 3: Shadow Work Evolved, Living the life you are supposed to live.
Turn toward your unlived story, embrace avoidance and resistance, and transmute the core life force within.

Week 4: Spiritual Cultivation, meditation on and off the cushion.
Clarify identity beyond personality. Leverage liberating insight to master the unique gifts of of the global marketplace and tap into the heart of Internet marketing.

Week 5: Interpersonal Practices to Resculpt Consciousness and Culture
Learn strategies to author and shape your surroundings. Surf and surge with the undercurrent of your emerging leadership potential. Become a Master Manipulator of Evolution.

Week 6: The Next Wave of Masculine Power
Relax into the embodied Archetype of the Horny Bull. Find out how to center yourself in your lingam.

Week 7: Your Evolved Feminine, Nurturing the Ability to Hold and Keep Company.
Grow your ability to give and receive head – one of the most neglected energies in relationship. Discover new dimensions of responsibility and authority in yourself and others.

Week 8: Technology, Cross-Cultural Communities & Integral Practices
Discover the power of technology and Big Data. Explorations of a world beyond conventional ways of being and knowing. Your path forward in an uncertain and unknowable world.


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Included:
– Special Q&A Sessions with Facilitators
– Transintegrated Small Group Skype Sessions
– Unique Transintegral Practices Designed to Optimize your Learning, Growth & Transintegration
Optional:
– Facilitated Peer Practice Groups
– Weekly Commitment of 75 Minutes
– $400 USD add-on

Available:
– Individual Coaching with Diana Chikan Roshi – Limited Spots Available
– $1.000 USD add-on
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chikanDiana Chikan Nelson Roshi has been called both “The Doyenne of American Buddhism” and “The Dharma MILF”. This gifted hostess, teacher of Zen and Transintegral Spirituality embodies the rich tradition and history of American Dharma while steering it into the future with an experienced hand.

Diana began her life-long involvement with the Dharma scene as a young girl, at the ashram of Adi Da Samraj in the early 1970s. Quickly becoming a favorite of the Avatar and Sat-Guru, she would be known as the “Lolita-Da” well into her adolescent years. Diana later went on to study with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Her unique talents allowed her to quickly rise through the ranks of the Vajradathu organization, and for several years she served as Head Courtesan at the Vajra Court.

After Rinpoche’s death, Diana’s karma led her to an exploration of Rinzai Zen. In 1988 she was ordained by Eido Shimano Roshi, and would serve as his personal ianfu (慰安婦, comfort woman) at Dai Bosatsu Monastery for several years. In a unique ceremony, celebrating the unity of Myoshinji Outcasts, Eido Roshi would later transfer Diana as a personal gift to Joshu Sasaki Roshi.

In 1997, Diana was introduced to Genpo Merzel Roshi, a meeting she later described as a “meeting of lingam and yoni in mid-air”. Genpo Roshi immediately recognized the unique gifts of Diana with the words “Any courtesan of Chögyam Trungpa’s is a courtesan of mine”, thus beginning a period of intensive creative collaboration: Diana received ordination as a Soto Zen nun in 1998, Dharma Transmission in 1999, and Inka in 2000. A few years later she begun facilitating Big Mind Big Heart™, a process developed by Genpo to help elicit the insights of Zen in wealthy audiences.

In 2004 Diana Roshi joined The Integral Summit, an informal network of 4th Tier spiritual visionaries. Together with evolutionary teacher  “Rude Boy” Andrew Cohen she developed the intensive Hypothermic Prostration™ program, and would later set up the Kabbalah Mentoring program for high-school girls together with “The Integral Stud”, Marc Gafni.

In 2013 the Dharma Wheel would turn again, as Diana joined the nascent Transintegral Institute and became a personal student of Tutteji Wachtmeister Dai Osho. As a member of the core group of Transintegral Visionaries, Diana’s work is a priceless contribution to the meta-evolution of 5th Tier spirituality. Together with her husband, Dorkai Haze Roshi, she established Black Cow Monastery in Los Angeles – the first Transintegral Zen™ monastery in the West.

An inveterate student of Bodhisattvic Capitalism™, Diana has embarked on an entrepreneurial career and currently manages two successful nail studios in Los Angeles.

 

dorkaiDorkai Haze Roshi began practicing in 1971 with Roshi Philip Kapleau and was Head of Cloakroom at Rochester Zen Center until 1975. He lived and trained at Zen Center of Los Angeles under the direction of Taizan Maezumi Roshi from 1980-1994. In 1995 Dorkai received priest’s ordination from Genpo Merzel Roshi, and from 1999 he has served as senior facilitator of the Big Mind™ Process. Since 2014, Dorkai is co-abbot of Black Cow Monastery.

Recognizing the need for formal recognition as a Zen teacher, Dorkai has also trained with the following Roshi: Philip Kapleau, Eido Shimano, Joshu Sasaki, Taizan Maezumi, Genpo Merzel, Robert Aitken, Bernie Glassman, John Tarrant, Shugen Arnold, Melissa Myozen Blacker, Hogen Bays, Jan Chozen Bays, Domyo Burke, Jundo James Cohen, Nonin Chowaney, Jissan Larry Christensen, Zoketsu Norman Fisher, James Myoun Ford, Koun Franz, Musho Diane Hamilton, Taigen Leighton, Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, Ryushin Konrad Marchai, Teijo Munnich, Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Barry Magid, Ezra Bayda, Larry Christensen, Pat Jikyo George, Jun Po Dennis Kelly, Dai En Hi Fu George Burch, Doshin Hannya Michael Nelson, Meru Doug Szper, Taiso Hannya Byran Bartow, Andy Afable, Roko Sherry chayat, John Mortensen, and Genjo Marinello. After advice and consultation with these teachers, in 2010 he received Dharma Transmission from his wife, Diana Chiken Nelson, Roshi. He continues his Zen studies with Tutteji Wachtmeister Dai Osho.

Dorkai holds a Spiritupathic Doctor (PD) and Master’s Degree in Transintegral Nursing, both from Richard M Nixon University. He worked as a Coach Assistant for several years.

 

A Dharmic Colporteur Extraordinaire

Although he is one of my absolute favorites among up-and-coming Dharma entrepreneurs, I hesitated a bit before I decided to include Vince Horn in this presentation of talented but somewhat obscure Buddhist visionaries. In fact, this technodelic visionary, mind hacker, cutting-edge meditation teacher, happily married monk, colporteur extraordinaire, and enthusiastic guide to the virtual deva-gati, is probably getting all the attention he craves deserves already. But the fact that Vince wasn’t included in the pantheon of Buddhist teachers on the cover of Lions’s Roar Magazine, shows that he still has work to do. But Vince is as an extremely gifted and promising vessel for my Dharma, so I will gladly do anything to help Vince reach the celebrity status he so much deserves.

HornVincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, Vincent spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks while doing a full year of silent meditation practice. He began teaching meditation in 2010 with the encouragement of his own teachers, Kenneth Folk and Daniel Ingram. Vincent has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.”

And with the encouragement of his teachers—after nearly a decade of intensive meditation practice in the Burmese and Thai Forest Theravada tradition—Vincent teaches both online and in person in Asheville, North Carolina.

Buddhist contemplative traditions have, for millennia, carefully led us in the process of deconstructing our normal sense of identity and replacing it with one that’s both fluid and responsive. Our challenge is to build that wisdom into our next generations of contemplative technology. If we can do it well, our experience of reality will never be the same.

horn2Vince’s approach is informed both by his experience and training in the Insight, Zen, & Vajrayana styles of Buddhist meditation, as well as a growing list of ideas, practices, and perspectives which he’s found useful.

Have you ever been to a retreat where one of the first things you did was turn off your smartphone or even turn it in to the organizers? After years of doing retreats in environments that shun the use of technology – and basically suggest that a technology-negative view is a necessary pre-requisite for real contemplative practice – Vince decided to do things differently. On a Buddhist Geeks Retreat you will not be asked to shun technology. In fact you will be invited to actively engage with it in ways that support and deepen your meditation practice – imagine that!

In short, if you’re serious about upgrading the OS of your Mind, update to version 2.0 of and RTW yourself, there is really no better choice than Vince Horn.