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#3277 - Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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Peter Fenner's Nondual Teacher Training is introduced. Fenner writes that the training is intended for

• People who have a solid grounding in a nondual spiritual approach such as
Dzogchen, Zen or Advaita and feel they are ready to share their wisdom
with others.

• Therapists and mental health professionals who want to explore the
contribution of nonduality in individual therapy and group work.

• Meditation teachers who wish to introduce a nondual dimension into their
practical guidance and dharma discussions.

• People who give satsang who wish to enhance their capacity to share
nondual awareness and expand the reach of their transmission.

• Graduates of the 9 month Radiant Mind course who wish to facilitate
practice groups based on Radiant Mind resources.

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This 9 month Nondual Teacher Training is designed for people who wish to expand

and refine their capacity to offer nondual awareness as the central dimension of

their teaching, or as a component of their work with individuals and groups.

The Training is based on the synthesis of Asian nondual approaches that has been

developed by Peter Fenner. Peter’s approach has been refined and tested over

35 years by thousands of people in workshops, courses and retreats. His synthesis

draws on the most powerful aspects of traditions such Madhyamika, Dzogchen,

Mahamudra, Zen and Advaita. These are woven into a form of space creation and

facilitation that is refined, minimalist, smooth, and very efficient in the delivery of the

pure nondual contentless transmission in an interactive group setting.

The Training is unique in bringing together people from diverse nondual traditions

and lineages. Together we will create a synergistic dynamic that radically enhances

everyone’s capacity to embody and share nondual awareness within their own

communities and beyond. The framework for the Training will be based on the form

of nondual transmission that he been developed by Peter. This framework will provide

a model and set of distinctions for discerning the subtleties of nondual transmission.

But the Training is not limited to this framework.

Participants will share, demonstrate and enrich each other’s learning by contributing

their own forms of nondual work. The Training will create dynamic opportunities for

participants to refine their capacities for nondual transmission through demonstrations

of diff erent styles, skills and movements of nondual work. Participants will learn

through their own active engagement and focused feedback from Peter and other

participants. The Training is thoroughly experiential. Together we will create a quality

of collaborative discernment that is unparalleled.


This training is designed for

• Presencing nondual awareness within oneself as the basis for all

nondual transmission.

• Discovering your own style and process for nondual transmission.

• Learning to distinguish and reveal the atemporal, impersonal, unconditioned

dimension through dialogue and silence.

• Deconstructing yourself: working with your own conditioned identities that

can arise in nondual facilitation.

• Not getting lost in personal experience: your own and others’.

• Resting in, and responding from, nondual awareness in high intensity situations.

• Recognizing and learning how to work at the result level; from the place where

there is no time lag between communication and realization.

• Conversations for bringing awareness into the here and now: the present moment

where nothing can be missing and everything is taking care of itself.

• Working with questions and concerns around choice, ignorance, love, motivation,

and integrating the nondual into daily life.

• Functioning beyond comfort and discomfort.

• The creative function of ambiguity and the conversion of confusion into

objectless awareness.

• Removing concepts: tracking and managing the gradient of the

nonconceptual transmission.

The themes of the training include

• Reducing slippage: not getting caught in theories, explanations, advice,

recommendations or techniques.

• Learning how to talk from within the state of unconditioned awareness, and

how to use this ability as a tool for inducing this state in others.

• Listening to, and silently engaging with, the dynamic fi eld of nonverbal

conversations that invariably arise in nondual group work.

• Discerning diff erent qualities of silence: sensing if people are in deep

meditation or protecting their beliefs.

• Creating the conditions for natural contemplation: the eff ortless unfolding of

deep meditation in nondual awareness.

• Allowing silence to emerge in an uncontrived manner.

• Not conditioning the space: being in the place where everything is possible in

the next moment.

• Pure listening and speaking: beyond interest and disinterest, beyond

validation or invalidation.

• Correcting the oscillation between polarized beliefs: gently moving people

into positionlessness.

• Nothing to defend or avoid: working with the misconception that nondual

awareness bypasses the relative.

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