RELI 350 class lecture with Michael Taft
Tuesday, November 19, 2019Time
Michael Taft is a maverick meditation teacher, bestselling author, and podcaster. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Mindful Geek, Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept, and more.
He has often taught meditation at Google, and is an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab. He was previously editor-in-chief of Being Human, and was the long-time editorial director of Sounds True.
From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty five years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist Vipassana and Hindu Tantric practice. Michael is a senior facilitator in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system, and is a teacher of meditation groups. He will speak on, "Embracing the Void-Psychedelics and Death". Humankind has always used medicinal substances to potentiate the power of healing and of awakening. At times this means angelic visions of light and space; other times, this can mean a shattering encounter with self-extinction. Under the right circumstances, psychedelics can offer us a unique and profoundly transformative experience of annihilation—the ultimate preparation for death—which is at the root of all human spirituality. Our species grew up together with these plants and substances which offer us the gift of spiritual awakening, psychological cleaning up and growing up, as well as forging a healthy and empowering relationship with what Socrates called, “the greatest of all human blessings”: death.
Sponsored by the Religion Department.
This event is not open to the Public.