Dear friend,

Something has fallen into my lap recently (and, now, into yours) that I think is going to blow your mind. To find out more, PLEASE read this message.

Would you be interested in meeting and learning from scientists, teachers, thinkers, and visionaries in the forefront of investigating human consciousness, spiritual awareness, the human condition, human emotions--and their connection with the brain and the mind? If so...

...I have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you.

Really. And, of course, besides the fact that this is an absolutely fascinating subject, this opportunity also includes how to USE this cutting-edge information to be happier, more peaceful, and live a much more fulfilling life.

Isn't that what we're all after?

Before I tell you all the details, I want to briefly share how this came about, because it's quite an interesting story...

Last September, I met someone who has since become a good friend: a renowned Buddhist scholar, Dr. Jamie Hubbard. He is the Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies at Smith College, where he has taught since 1985.

Sounds kind of stuffy, right?

Not at all! In fact Jamie turned out to be somewhat of a character--he's fun, funny, incredibly intelligent, down-to-earth, skeptical, inquisitive...and, he's smack in the middle of a large group of distinguished scientists, thinkers, and visionaries whose stuff I (and possibly you) have been reading for years...

...and who I've been dying to meet.

Jamie contacted me because he uses Holosync--and is very impressed with it! I was thrilled to meet and get to know someone of his stature. What really caught my attention, though, were the other people he knows: for instance, Jamie pals around with...

...many of the scientists who've been studying the Tibetan monks and who participate in the famous Mind and Life conferences with the Dalai Lama, and counts as his friends people like Daniel Goleman (of Emotional Intelligence fame) and many of the other highly respected thinkers and visionaries in the field of consciousness exploration.

So, when he suggested that we do a workshop together, followed by an evening symposium featuring a long list (see this amazing list below) of luminaries in this field (many of whom I've long wanted to meet)...

It took me about 2 1/2 seconds to say, "YES! YES!"

So, here are the details. On April 10th we're holding a day-long seminar at Smith College in beautiful western Massachusetts, tentatively called "Technologies of Awareness: Buddhism and the New Mind Sciences."

We're particularly interested in looking at the newer and more innovative methods of changing consciousness (including Holosync) and discussing how valid (and effective) they actually are compared to the ancient and time-tested traditional approaches.

Smith College is in beautiful Northampton, Massachusetts, a short hop from New York, Boston, and other parts of the eastern U.S. The area is home to innumerable universities, spiritual centers, and Buddhist groups, where the intelligentsia, scientists, and practitioners of the spirituality of consciousness have congregated, making it a hotbed of ideas.

Jamie will speak, and also moderate the day (you will not want to miss his talk--he is NOT a dry and boring academic), I will speak, Zen master Genpo Roshi (creator of the innovative Big Mind-Big Heart process that Ken Wilber has described as "the biggest breakthrough in Buddhism in the last 200 years") will speak, and the final speaker will be Andrew Olendzki, PhD.

You may not know of Andrew, but you should. He is a Pali scholar (the language of the original teachings of the Buddha) who was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. He's the former executive director of IMS (Insight Meditation Society), the executive director of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in Barre, Massachusetts, and editor of the famous Insight Journal.

I found several of his fascinating articles online, and I'm looking forward to meeting him and hearing what he has to say.

But as they say when selling the ShamWow (or whatever it's called): "But that's not all you get."

Pay attention now, because this, to me, is the most exciting part of the whole deal.

In the evening, we're also going to have a private seminar/symposium where as many of these science and consciousness luminaries as we can get into a single room will, in a round-table setting, discuss the current understanding in the world about spirituality and human consciousness, and the validity (or, perhaps, the lack thereof) of new technologies and methods for changing consciousness (including but certainly not limited to Holosync and Big Mind).

In this evening meeting, then, some of the smartest people in the world will explore (and ask some hard, skeptical questions about) the latest thinking and research about consciousness, the brain/mind, and look at what methods, old and new, work best to expand consciousness and improve the mental, emotional, and spiritual lives of human beings.

Doesn't this sound exciting to you? I know it does to me.

So, as I said, there are two parts to this. One is the all-day event I've just described. The other is the evening round-table, where we've invited a long list of luminaries in this field.

Check this out:

  1. Daniel Goleman is a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee famous for developing the argument that non-cognitive (ie, emotional) skills can be just as important as IQ, as described in his book Emotional Intelligence. He has written many other books, including The Varieties of Meditative Experience and is part of the Mind and Life group of scientists and thinkers who periodically meet with the Dalai Lama. To give all his credentials would take WAY too much room.
  2. Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a senior Zen student in the Soto School, and Director of Zen on Main Street.
  3. Tara Bennet-Goleman, therapist, author (Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart).
  4. Mirabai Bush, Co-founder, Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Contemplative Mind in Society, and co-author (with Ram Dass) of Compassion in Action.
  5. Georges Dreyfus, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Williams College. A monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years, he has studied at some of the most important Tibetan monastic institutions in India and became the first Westerner to obtain the degree of Geshey Lharampa, the higherst rank offered in the Geluk academies.
  6. Jay Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Tibetan Studies in India Program
  7. Zen master Genki Roshi
  8. Zen master Bernie Glassman Roshi, Peacemakers, Maezumi Institute, etc.
  9. Jamie Hubbard, Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, Smith College
  10. James Hughes, Trinity University and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (the Cyborg Buddha project)
  11. Carolyn Jacobs, Dean and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor, Smith College School for Social Work
  12. Ryan Joo, Buddhist Studies, Hampshire College
  13. David K. Scott, Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Professor of Physics
  14. Julie Mazo, emeritus, Monroe Institute
  15. Zen master Genpo Roshi
  16. Andrew Olendzki, Director, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
  17. Philip Peake, Psychology Department, Smith College
  18. Catherine Rule (private local practice working with EEG and biofeedback tech)
  19. William Waldron, Middlebury College (Buddhist studies, Buddhist psychology)
  20. Arthur Zajonc, Professor of Physics, Amherst College, Director, Contemplative Mind in Society, Mind and Life Institute, Co-director of the Five College Faculty Seminar on New Epistemologies and Contemplation

Now, these are the people we're inviting to the evening event. I can't promise that all of them will RSVP. We will update you, however, on who is coming. Jamie and I hope (and anticipate) that most of them will want to be a part of this. I suspect that this is as exciting for them as it is for me.

Here's one little twist you need to know about, though. Because of the way the the academic world works, we couldn't figure out a practical way to have a live audience for the evening symposium event. If we have a room large enough for the kind of audience we think this will attract, we'd have to charge enough to pay for it. If we do that, we have to pay the luminaries on the above list an honorarium and cover their other expenses.

In that case, we'd have to charge much more than the tiny amount I want to charge (you won't believe how inexpensive we've made this), and that would prevent many people from attending.

Here's my solution: We're going to videotape the entire evening conversation (in high definition, to boot). Then, as an attendee of the all-day event...

...you can view the video of the entire conversation between these amazing scientists, scholars, and visionary thinkers (you'll have to give us a week or two to do some minor editing) online, at absolutely no charge. In fact, you can watch it as many times as you want. And, if you want to own a DVD copy of it, you can have one for our cost (a few dollars) plus minor shipping and handling costs.

I know you're wondering what this extravaganza will cost you. Well, not very much at all--in fact, considerably less than what you're probably anticipating. An all day event like this, with world-renowned people of this caliber, would generally cost at least $500 to $700, perhaps more. That's out of reach for a lot people these days, though.

So this event doesn't cost $700. Or $500. In fact, it doesn't even cost half of that. To make sure that anyone who wants to come can afford it, even in this admittedly lousy economic environment, we're charging just enough to cover our expenses.

How much is that? Just $197. For that you get the all-day event, with four speakers, Jamie Hubbard, PhD, Andrew Olendzki, PhD, Genpo Roshi, and me. And, as an attendee of the daytime event, you'll also be allowed to eavesdrop, by video, on the evening symposium where one of the most impressive and star-studded arrays of thinkers, scientists, and visionaries in the world will discuss ancient and modern methods of expanding consciousness--and anything else they want to discuss.

I don't know exactly what will happen in this evening event, but Jamie and I are hoping that we will skeptically and honestly confront both traditional and modern approaches (including Big Mind and Holosync). This will be a no-holds-barred, frank discussion of a number of fascinating questions by some of the world's smartest people--questions such as:

  • "Can you really meditate like a Zen monk at the push of a button?"
  • "Are Buddhism and other traditional Eastern approaches forever to be exotic practices, imported from Asia, or are there other, newer 'technologies' that can be used for the same benefits?"
  • "What, if anything, does Western Psychology bring to the table?"
  • And, I'm sure, many more such questions.

If I wasn't going to actually be a part of it (something for which I am both humbled and grateful) I would definitely want to see and hear it.

Now, there's one more thing you need to know before I tell you how to sign up. The venue we've reserved has a limited number of seats (400). Some of them have been set aside for the luminaries listed above who want to attend the day event.

Another even larger block of seats has been set aside, at the insistence of Smith College, for students from Smith and several of the many other nearby colleges (there are at least a dozen, I'm told, within spitting distance). This event is being advertised by a lot of other people, and at quite a few colleges and universities in the area, so if you want to be a part of it...

...get a seat NOW.

As always, I plan to make myself super-available to meet you and speak to you during the breaks. DO come up to me and introduce yourself. I want to meet you.

So, that's it. To reserve your spot (which, again, I would do NOW, not later, to make sure you get a seat), just go to this page. But hurry. Before I even sent this to you, many of the seats were already taken.

Be well.