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    Fall Workshop Series

    The Cheng Hsin Fall Series takes place each year in October and consists of four consecutive workshops exploring the Cheng Hsin Consciousness work.

    We start with a three day Communication and Relationship workshop, created by Peter Ralston but facilitated by Brendan Lea. Following this warm up we move on to the most central and indispensable consciousness workshop of Cheng Hsin, Experiencing the Nature of Being (ENB). It is the foundational, must-do workshop that can be repeated several times. It is the week that most closely relates to the material expressed in The Book of Not Knowing. Following the ENB is a brand new workshop called Transcending Self (TSW), and then the Contemplation Intensive (CI).

    Though each of these workshops can be done alone, they are designed for consecutive study. We recommend that you participate in the entire three and a half weeks. Taken together, the Fall Series is a powerful and transformative investigation of consciousness. Use the links nearby to get more details about the workshops in the series, to download brochures, and to register.

    Opening Week

    Communication and Relationship

    Communication is essential to our ability to live in the world with others effectively. Yet, despite its critical role, most of us don’t know what communication is; or that much of what we call communication, isn't.

    It could be said that the quality of our lives and relationships is a direct result of our ability to communicate. This workshop isn’t about learning some handy techniques or just improving our current modes of relating. Instead, we’ll expand our understanding by delving deeply into the source of the miraculous possibility that is real communication.

    Relationship: Rather than just learning to better manipulate others, we learn to empower relationships, particularly those whose purpose is some form of partnership, of working together toward life goals. This domain of relationship includes marriage, friendships, family, and so forth. We also deal with those interactions that incidentally support or conflict with life our goals – acquaintances, adversaries, and all those who constitute our social sphere.

    Rather than assume that we know what relationship is or how best to communicate, we come at it freshly and study what these are. Through lecture, dialogue, and exercises, we look into what we currently believe and experience communication and relationship to be. By isolating the major blocks to effective communication, we can recognize to what degree we engage in ineffectively getting our ideas and feelings across to others.

    Week 2

    Experiencing the Nature of Being

    This workshop was designed by Peter as a concentrated experiential inquiry into the nature of Being.

    Make no mistake about it, the aim is for you to have a direct experience of the nature of yourself and Being. Everyone is welcome to do this work.

    Some essential considerations in the ontological work.

    • Investigating Mind
    • Uncovering the Roots of Emotion
    • Transcending Limitations
    • Awakening Insight
    • Expanding Perceptive Abilities
    • Becoming Powerfully Present
    • Discovering True Self-Awareness

    Week 3

    Transcending Self Workshop

    This new workshop goes deeply into the existential origins of the elements necessary to produce what you experience as the world in which you live—your experience of you, others, and life as you live it. In this workshop you will stretch far beyond anything humans have confronted or collectively understood heretofore..

    Final Week

    Contemplation Intensive

    A highly structured week of contemplating from dawn to late at night. This deep and focused questioning is an essential tool for increasing consciousness. Our main exercise is a diad where partners contemplate and then communicate to a non-judgmental, silent listening partner.