(If you are coming out for the first time, please arrive no later than 6:30 for instruction on the technique. This is in consideration of those who are familiar with the technique, not having to spend their valuable time hearing it again. Also, this way we can all go home earlier.)
Come as you are :-)
What is a dyad, and why do it?
Join Trevor Thibodeau and friends every other Thursday night
in this heart-to-heart practice of inquiring into Truth, by way of the powerful dyad. A dyad is a partner assisted form of contemplation. While this technique does borrow from Zen, it was created by a westerner for Westerners. Of course, it can be effective for all. For many who use this method, progress towards clearing and quietening the mind, and healing and opening the heart, happens much faster than using silent sitting meditation. Rather than solely observing your thoughts, feelings and experience as you would in silent meditation, what you will do is express them as they come up to a listening partner, who does their best to put there full attention on you and receive your expression without judgement. In this way of giving, receiving, and actually being understood by another, a great weight is lifted from our hearts and minds, leaving us a whole lot Lighter.
How does it work?
There will be two rows of chairs facing each other. You will sit down in a chair, and another fellow seeker of Truth will sit down across from you. You will choose one of two instructions to work with, either "Open to your true self and tell me what occurs" or "Open to love and tell me what occurs." The first listening partner will give (say) the instruction to the first contemplator, who will then contemplate and communicate for 5 minutes, at which time a gong will ring and you will switch roles. The dyad is complete after 40 minutes, four turns each. The evening will begin with some instruction from Trevor, followed by two dyads, and end with a closing circle. We humans are social creatures. Relating to others is a natural and necessary component in our growth, and the sacred space of the dyad enhances relating in a profound way.This truly is both a beautiful and powerful spiritual practice.
Who will show us how?
For more than 10 years, Trevor has been practicing and training in delivering this technique. It stems from a retreat known as The Enlightenment Intensive. He took his Enlightenment Intensive Master's Training with the world's leading teacher of this method, Lawrence Noyes of Florida, and also practiced extensively with the 30+ year veteran Murray Kennedy of Vancouver. Trevor has also trained in several Eastern traditions, most notably in Zen Buddhism during a six month sabbatical at the monastery known as Plum Village in France, nunder the beloved and world renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, affectionately known as Thay (teacher).
Fee for the evening is on a sliding scale of $10-$20. Please give what you can afford.
And...Come as you are, whoever you are :-)