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Lotus rising up from mud, Licensed under CC see http://frank.itlab.us/photo_essays/wrapper.php?may_03_2008_bintan_flowers.htmlParticipants at a spiritual self-inquiry group retreat last June (2009) joined in on a workshop about Spiritual Actions. The workshop was called Practical/Tactical Seeking and was led by Benjamin Eternitatis. In the session, we were asked to describe our actions that we consider spiritual in detail. Then as a group we shared our responses and came to some similar conclusions.

 

What are spiritual actions?

Spiritual Actions

These were all suggested by more than one person:
Contemplative meditation
Working with others, group work, law of the ladder
Harding exercises
Confrontation sessions (rules of confrontation)
Accountability report (an on-line email confrontation group where you volunteer
to be held accountable for something and ask questions to others -- and they to you).
Being honest
Getting rid of long standing habits (anything that clouds the mind or gets in the way of the goal).

An old flyer for the Pyramid Zen Society and Visitor's or Enquirer's Sheet. The Pyramid Zen Society was an early group of dedicated seeker's who practiced Richard Rose's Albigen System. They are still around too. Explainations of the Albigen system, here and here.

 

Flyer below.

 

Working with others and alone on the path by Ricky Cobb

2/27/2008


I think the best thing someone can do for you is to remind you of your own purpose. Why are you reading this anyway? What’s your motivation? See, we usually don’t question our own motivations, we usually just roll with the punches and take things in stride…up until some tragedy happens, some blow to our ego which knocks us down to honesty again.

TAT stands for Truth and Transmission.

For more than 35 years, the TAT Foundation has focused on providing a forum of friendship where truth-seekers can compare, discuss, and debate their successes and struggles in the spiritual search. TAT offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow seekers and hear amazing personal stories. Want to join us in some thought-provoking discussions that may produce inspiration and action? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on attending meetings.

 

"The trick is to know exactly what you want." Jim Burns

 

http://tatfoundation.org/index.htm

 

TAT Foundation Meeting 6/13/08 - 6/15/08 Notes & Quotes

Presentations below are mostly paraphrased, reconstructed from notes and memory

The weekend theme was: Are you who you want to be? Luke Roberts served as TAT's meeting host and facilitator.

 

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Where have you been, where are you going? Led by Dan Garmat (Fri 6/13)
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Dan Garmat gave four questions to everyone:

TAT stands for Truth and Transmission."
Established by Richard Rose to encourage seekers to help each other. A dynamic organization with members who can help at the deepest level."

 

"I desire the Truth. We come together in pursuit of the Truth"

 

http://tatfoundation.org/index.htm

 

TAT Foundation Open House 4/12/08 - 4/13/08 Notes & Quotes

 

Presentations below are mostly paraphrased, reconstructed from notes and memory

What is TAT? An introductory talk by Michael Casari (Sat 4/12)

 

Mike Casari recommended a story of Rose's personal letters with the history of TAT's beginnings:
Peace to the Wanderer: The Philosophy and Friendship of Richard Rose by Robert J. Martin
A 40-year story covering Richard Rose's early years unfolds through Martin's pen
which is available here: http://www.searchwithin.org (http://www.searchwithin.org/download/peace_to_the_wanderer.pdf)

 

TAT is like an umbrella group, a "friendly circle" with no head and no tail.
Small groups get together and meet people of like mind who are looking for Truth.

 

Everyone has something to teach.

 

There may be 1-2 or 3-4 people on the same level you can work with and maybe 1-2 on a level above or below you as well.

 

People come from all over (north, south, west some from WV, MD, DC, Canada, CO, OH, FL, Etc)

 

"I desire the Truth. We come together in pursuit of the Truth" - Mike Casari mentioned this mantra that Rose once asked everyone to say together to build rapport.