with Robert Schneider
Friday, December 4, 6-8 p.m.
Via Zoom. Link provided at time of registration.
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing.
Why are so many revered spiritual teachers also such flawed human beings? What message does their unethical conduct contain? Join Robert Schneider for a frank conversation about the institution of the “enlightened” master, impermanence, and the Bodhisattva way of life. Robert will discuss the Aghori sadhus of Northern India who believe that all opposites, such as right and wrong, are ultimately illusory. He will reference his semi-autobiographical novel, The Guru’s Touch, a cautionary tale about blind faith, spiritual betrayal, and abuse of power. This book is loosely based on Robert's experiences in the orbit of Swami Muktananda and his successors in the early 1980s. The talk will be followed by a guided meditation session and discussion.
Preregistration is recommended and appreciated. To register, kindly choose a donation amount below that works for you. If finances are tight, you are most welcome to come for free. Please email [email protected] Everyone who preregisters will receive a Zoom link.
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Robert G. Schneider was born in Queens in 1964 and raised in Ithaca, New York. In the 1980s, he left college to follow the Indian guru Swami Muktananda, living and working in the guru’s Siddha Yoga ashrams in India and the U.S. for four years. While living abroad in Brussels, Belgium during the 1990s and 2000s, Robert became a student and friend of the esteemed Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Karta, who passed away in 2013. Robert now lives in Maine and is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Southern Maine. He has been a practicing Buddhist since 2000.
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.