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Featured Introductory Events

Adi Da Samraj

Deeper than sleep, wider than dreaming, more intense and all connected than waking. Become a participant in the Real world of Always Already existing Reality instead of the petty world of human mummery.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj



Upcoming, featured introductory events (at locations around the world) on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Includes: online web events, screenings of the new, award-winning "Conscious Light" film, free two-day "Where Is Happiness?" retreats, Celebration events, "Wisdom Tools" Series events, "Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light" events, monthly video series events, and more.

Learn about Avatar Adi Da's core teaching on the true nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience His transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings (or Darshan), hear stories and testimonials from His long-time devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.

This presentation has the following sections:

    1. Upcoming Web Events
    2. Upcoming Regional Events
  1. More About. . .
    1. More About the "Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light" Events
    2. More About the "Conscious Light" Film Screenings
    3. More about the "Where Is Happiness?" Free Weekend Retreats
    4. More About the "Wisdom Tools" Series
    5. More About Other Featured Introductory Events Around the World


1. Listings of Upcoming Featured Events by Region or Venue

    1.1. UPCOMING WEB EVENTS
"Are Spiritual Teachers Obsolete?" An online webinar presented by longtime devotee James Steinberg, on Tuesday, October 16:
  • 7:30pm-9:00pm PST (California)
  • 10:30pm-12:00am EST (New York)
  • 3:30am-5:00am UTC (London), Wednesday, October 17

To participate, click here. The first time you click this link enables you to download and install the Zoom Video Player on your computer to watch this webinar. Then at the time of the webinar, click on the link again; a window will pop up — press "Open link" to start the webinar interface.

The primary force and "root" of all the esoteric traditions of humankind are the Adept-Realizers, those who actually Realize the Spiritual and Transcendental Nature of Reality.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

All the world's great spiritual traditions and their secret teachings are now available for anyone to study — from books, on websites and podcasts, in seminars and weekend workshops, online and face to face.

So, why have all the world's spiritual traditions emphasized the relationship with a teacher as necessary for serious spiritual practice? Can’t any intelligent and self-reflective individual just study the wisdom and instructions the great teachers have left behind and get on with real practice on their own? Are we missing something about the traditional relationship with a teacher that has been so highly valued?

James SteinbergThis presentation by James Steinberg, life-long student of Avatar Adi Da Samraj and of the world’s spiritual traditions, will discuss the time-honored relationship with a spiritual realizer and what it can do for you that you can't do for yourself.

James will discuss:

  • What the “do it yourself” approach doesn’t understand about spiritual life.
  • Why all spiritual traditions value the relationship with a spiritual realizer.
  • How to choose and benefit from a teacher.

The presentation includes discourse segments by Avatar Adi Da Samraj on the importance of the traditional relationship between teachers and their students.

 
Truth For Real Video Series: "You Are the Question You Ask", sponsored by Adidam Los Angeles. Saturday, October 20:
  • 5:00pm -6:30pm PST (California)
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm EST (New York)
  • 1:00am - 2:30am UTC (London), Sunday, October 21

Meetup event page

Truth For Real Video Series: "You Are the Question You Ask", sponsored by Adidam Los Angeles. Saturday, November 10:

  • 5:00pm -6:30pm PST (California)
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm EST (New York)
  • 1:00am - 2:30am UTC (London), Sunday, November 11

Meetup event page

Truth For Real Video Series: "You Are the Question You Ask", sponsored by Adidam Los Angeles. Saturday, November 24:

  • 5:00pm -6:30pm PST (California)
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm EST (New York)
  • 1:00am - 2:30am UTC (London), Sunday, November 25

Meetup event page

More online sessions in the "Truth For Real" Video Series are held every second Saturday, and will cover the following topics:

  • The Secret of Experience
  • Human History is One Great Tradition
  • Adidam Is the Seventh Stage Way
  • The Divine Is Not the Cause
  • Cracking the Code of Experience
  • The Illusion of Familiarity
  • The Quest for the Historical Self
  • Beyond Sex, Science, and the "self"
  • Relinquish the Mummery of This World
  • The Self-Knot of Fear
  • Beyond the Trap of Experience
  • The Wordless Condition Prior to "I"
  • Locate What is Real
  • The Ego's Logic of Cause-and-Effect
  • There are No Historical Selves
 
    1.2. UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS
 
Click on a location below for more time, place, and contact information.


United States
 

Berkeley, California — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, California. Click on the image for more details.

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Healdsburg, California — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:15 - 9:00 pm, Raven Film Center, 415 Center St., Healdsburg, California. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 

Los Angeles, California — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Sunday, October 7, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, La Live Regal, 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, California. Click on the image for more details.

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Los Angeles, California — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Saturday, October 13, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, 2450 N Catalina St. (private residence), Los Angeles, California. Click on the image for more details.

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Middletown, Califonia — "Where Is Happiness?" Free Retreat, Saturday, November 17 - Sunday, November 18, 2018, The Man of Radical Understanding Retreat Center at the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary in the beautiful mountains of Northern California.
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Sacramento, California — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Center for Spiritual Awareness, 1275 Starboard Dr., West Sacramento, California. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 

San Rafael, California — Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm, 68 Paul Drive, San Rafael, California.

We will hear a devotee of Avatar Adi Da Samraj tell their account of finding Divine Communion at the feet of the Master. This sharing will be followed by a video discourse by Avatar Adi Da and an informal discussion.

More times and dates for a similar event at the same location, held the first Monday of each month:

 

Sebastopol, California — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:15 pm, Rialto Cinema, 6868 McKinley Street Sebastopol, California. Click on the image for more details.

 

Bethesda, Maryland — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, River Road Unitarian Universalist Church, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 

Bethesda, Maryland — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Maryland. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 

Greenfield, Massachusetts — Monthly Video Series: "The Divine Is Not the Cause". Sunday, October 7, 2018, 7:00 pm. Featuring selected Avataric Revelation Discourses. Call Scott at 413-330-8888 or email onetruewater@hotmail.com.

More times and dates for a similar event at the same location — first Sunday of each month:

  • Sunday, November 4, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 2, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 6, 2019, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 3, 2019, 7:00 pm
 

Natick, Massachusetts — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Saturday, October 6, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Common Street Spiritual Center, 13 Common Street, Natick. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 

Santa Fe, New Mexico — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Center for Contemporary Arts, Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 

Cleveland, Ohio — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Capitol Theatre / Gordon Square Arts District, 1390 W 65th St., Cleveland, Ohio. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 

Richmond, Virginia — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Boatright Memorial Library / Media Resources Center Adam's Auditorium, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, Virginia. Click on the image for more details.

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Seattle, Washington — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Sunday, October 7, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:30pm, Wyckoff Auditorium, Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, Washington. Click on the image for more details.

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Seattle, Washington — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:30pm, Conference Room 7736, North Seattle Friends Church, 24th Ave. NE, Seattle, Washington. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 
Canada
 

Sutton, Quebec — "Where Is Happiness?" Free Retreat, Saturday, November 10 - Sunday, November 11, 2018, Tournant du Coeur Retreat Center, Sutton, Quebec.
Facebook event page

Upcoming "Where Is Happiness?" retreats at the same venue:

 

United Kingdom
 

Brighton — "Heart Awakening". Sunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00pm, Brighton Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton.
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"There is a State of Being that is completely, unequivocally, permanently, infinitely Happy and Free — a State that cannot be lost under any conditions, in this world or after death. Such a State is not imaginary. It is the underlying Truth of existence." — Avatar Adi Da Samraj. But what does this really mean and how does it actually relate to our ordinary lives? How could anyone be happy under all circumstances? At this (free) introductory event we will explore the actual mechanism of un-happiness, which results in our misguided attempts to become happy, and prevents true happiness, freedom, and love from being obvious and the "underlying Truth of existence". The event will include video clips of Adi Da and time to chat. There will also be refreshments and time to look at the book table. If you would like to attend, just turn up on the day.

More times and dates for "Heart Awakening" at the same location:

 

Brighton — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

More times and dates for "Conscious Light" screenings at the same location:

 

Brighton — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

More times and dates for "Conscious Light" screenings at the same location:

 

Cambridge — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Michaelhouse Café, Montefiore Room, St Michaels Church, Trinity St., Cambridge. Click on the image for more details.

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More times and dates for "Conscious Light" screenings at the same location:

 

Oxford — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Saturday, October 27, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford. Click on the image for more details.

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More times and dates for "Conscious Light" screenings at the same location:

 

Polegate, East Sussex — "Where Is Happiness?" Free Retreat, Saturday, October 6 - Sunday, October 7, 2018, Wilbees Farmhouse, Wilbees Road, Arlington, Polegate, East Sussex.
Facebook event page

 

 
 
The Netherlands
 

Maria Hoop — "Where Is Happiness?" Free Weekend Retreat (retreat language: Dutch), Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21, 2018, European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands.
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Upcoming "Where Is Happiness?" retreats at the same venue:

 

 
Australia
 

Melbourne — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Cameo Cinemas, 1628 Burwood Highway, Belgrave, Victoria, Australia. Click on the image for more details.

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Melbourne — Premiere screening of the new, award-winning documentary film, "Conscious Light", Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton, Victoria. Click on the image for more details.

Facebook event page

 
New Zealand
 

Auckland — The Celebration of the Divine Human Birth of Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Saturday November 3, 5:30 pm, the Adidam Centre and Bookstore, 12 Seibel Road, Henderson Valley, Auckland.

An evening in honour of Avatar Adi Da’s Birth on November 3rd, 1939 (U.S.time). A contemplative evening including chanting and video of Adi Da. The evening will finish with celebratory cake.

 
India
 

Weekly Satsang Phone Calls — Divine Stories: Conversations with Devotees Speaking about Adi Da's Blessings in Their Lives. Satsang calls every Sunday at 10am. Please register ahead of time!

  • October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4

2.1. More About the "Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light" Events

Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light

"Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light" is a 90-minute, introductory presentation on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj.

"Everything about this presentation was a delight! Beautifully done. I had a delightful time. Let's do it again!"

Leonard M., an attendee at
"Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light"


"About the evening: I can only say it was lovely warm, welcoming. . . And Adi Da's presence in the film spoke for itself, very beautifully."

another attendee at
"Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light"



Watch a free recording
— You can watch a free recording of our introductory webinar which aired in February, 2016. It includes stories by two devotees, Rachel Kuhn and Ruy Carpenter, a 35 minute video, and Rachel and Ruy's answers to questions asked by webinar participants about Avatar Adi Da and the Reality-Way of Adidam.

2.2. More About the "Conscious Light" Film Screenings

Conscious Light

In every time and place, human beings have sought to grasp the ultimate mysteries of life and death. From time to time, great spiritual realizers have appeared in the world to reveal and transmit the secrets of reality and truth to all. Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008) is one of the rarest of such beings. His entire life was devoted to the discovery, demonstration, and spiritual revelation of the highest truth.

Conscious Light offers a penetrating glimpse into the remarkable life and enlightened teachings of Avatar Adi Da and his work to create an enduring legacy of potential spiritual realization for everyone.

Drawing on an extensive archival collection of film, photography, and audio recordings, as well as interviews with students who lived with Adi Da and practice his teachings, this intimate documentary takes the viewer on a journey of spiritual awakening in the company of one of the great spiritual masters of all time.

  • Impact Docs Awards Award of Merit Winner

  • Official Selection, 2018 Awareness Film Festival

  • 2018 Awareness Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary

    filmmakers Blythe Massey and Peter Harvey-Wright


Current screenings:
Listed in the Regional Events section earlier on this page.

More information: Visit the Conscious Light Film website.


Powerful. What we would see if we were really serious about understanding consciousness.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, Ph.D.
Scholar of Comparative Religion


You handed me such a gift I didn't know I needed. I came into this thinking I might be partly intrigued and partly bored and I was just blown out of the water.

a member of the audience


I would watch this film over and over again for the beauty.

a member of the audience

 


2.3. More about the "Where Is Happiness?" Free Weekend Retreats


People are basically un-Happy, I have noticed. Spiritual practice or "religious" belief or "religious" commitment is traditionally proposed as a means for attaining Happiness—but the instructions associated with any "religious" or Spiritual Teaching are received by the ego, the knotted being that wants to own the Teaching, to use it, and to be made Happy by it. You think that you can seek Happiness and find It. Thus, your search for Happiness is, itself, a confession of un-Happiness.

I Am here to Tell you that you cannot Realize Happiness by persisting in un-Happiness, or the "method" of un-Happiness. All seeking is the expression, the "method", and the practice of un-Happiness.

It is not enough that what I am Saying is True. What I am Saying must also be understood by you, most profoundly. You must observe yourself, observe all of the means represented by your life, and see that you are always un-Happy, and always trying to become Happy.

That being the case, you may ask yourself, "Where is Happiness?" You might well ask!

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"The Bodily Location of Happiness"
November 28, 1981


Everybody wants to be happy, but how do you actually "do" happiness? And, equally important, how do you not do un-happiness?

Please join us to find out more about true happiness in the free, two-day retreats that we offer in many locations around the world.

The retreats are based on, and inspired by, the Wisdom of Adi Da Samraj and includes guided meditations, yoga lessons, video presentations, group considerations, personal stories, contemplative walks, and delicious vegetarian meals.

The retreats are hosted by a team of experienced and long time practitioners of Avatar Adi Da’s Teachings who guide the retreat program in an inspiring fashion.

All service to these retreats is offered on a volunteer basis.

We are happy that — through these retreats — we can make Adi Da's essential wisdom about the nature of Happiness available to a large audience. We hope that, in this way, we can make a contribution to the well being, peace, tolerance and enlightenment of all beings on this planet.

The complete weekend program, including workbook and materials, are offered for free. You only pay a contribution for food, drinks and your possible lodging during the weekend. Costs can differ depending on the location.

For more information, visit the Where Is Happiness? website.

Here are glimpses of some of our beautiful retreat venues around the world.

The Man of Radical Understanding Retreat Center at the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary in the beautiful mountains of Northern California:


Tournant du Coeur Retreat Center, Sutton, Quebec:


Wilbees, an impressive Edwardian farmhouse (built 1907) in Arlington, Polegate, East Sussex, United Kingdom:


The European Danda in Maria Hoop, The Netherlands:


The Adidam Centre in Henderson Valley, Auckland, New Zealand:


2.4. More About the "Wisdom Tools" Series

Wisdom Tool Series


Wisdom Tools seminars introduce you to Adi Da's remarkable wisdom on key topics as it applies to human concerns. Seminar topics include:
    • An overview of the Wisdom Tool Series

    • The Dual Sensitivities Required for True Spiritual Life — Adi Da instructs that in order for true spiritual practice to begin there must be both the sensitivity to our mortality and the futility of looking for fulfilment in life as well as an intuition of our Prior Condition beyond that.

      The sensitivity to the mortality of existence and the heart-impulse must strike against one another at the heart and become an intense heart-fire.

      Avatar Adi Da Samraj


    • Death is a Living Process — A helpful and informative webinar presentation by members the Adidam Death & Dying Ministry, on preparing for the death process and serving others going through the death process.

      I have called the process of death "easy death", because that is what it can become. In order to die free of fear, you must be in a different disposition toward life altogether.

      Avatar Adi Da Samraj


    • Transcending the Mechanism of Doubt — Doubt is one of the core human emotions that creates separation from others and the Divine. Hear and consider Adi Da’s simple but profound discourse on how to transcend this powerful mood.

    We tend to associate doubt with some ‘thing’ we feel negative about. Whereas actually doubt is a mechanism that doesn’t have anything to do with some object or thing to be doubted.

    Avatar Adi Da Samraj


    • Transcending the Knot of Fear — Fear is one of the strongest and most powerful of human emotions. Hear Adi Da, in a compassionate but very direct way, address a devotee who had suffered debilitating fear in his life.

      Everyone is in the midst of an activity that is generating fear. . . It's inherent in the presumption of identification with the state of separateness, change and inevitable death. You cannot get rid of fear. The Way I have Given enters you fully consciously into the Domain of Reality Itself, which transcends that activity which generates fear.

      Avatar Adi Da Samraj


    • Understanding Vital, Peculiar, and Solid Character Strategies — Human beings develop what Adi Da calls “character strategies” in reaction to the "vital shock" of birth and identification with the body- mind. Discover what your character strategy might be and how that strategy dictates your expression of life-energy.

      The three human types (vital, peculiar, and solid) are a strategic play on life, or the Life-Principle, conceived as dilemma or conflict.

      Avatar Adi Da Samraj


    • Feel the Wound of Love — A profound consideration about how to incarnate love under all conditions beyond recoil and rejection.

      Love Does Not Fail For You When You Are Rejected or Betrayed or Apparently Not Loved. Love Fails For You When You Reject, Betray, and Do Not Love. . . Therefore, Love. Do This Rather Than Make Any Effort To Get Rid Of The Feeling Of Being Rejected.

      Avatar Adi Da Samraj


    • The Traditional and Time-Honored Guru-Devotee Relationship — At the center of all the world’s religions are individuals who by their actual Realization of Truth, Reality or God draw others into that Realization. This session will give insight into how the relationship to such an Adept-Realizer works and how it serves one’s own Realization.

      The Primary force and “root” of all esoteric traditions of human kind are the Adept- Realizers, those who actually Realize the Spiritual and Transcendental Nature of Reality.

      Avatar Adi Da Samraj


    • The Seven Stages of Life

    • The Searchless Raw Diet

2.5. More About Other Featured Introductory Events Around the World

  • The Gift of True Happiness — The way that Adi Da Samraj offers is a choice based on awakening to the prior unity of our true condition and recognition of the Divine alive in the world. This is an introduction to His work. In addition, find out about local classes that give you immediate access to the profound wisdom gifts of Adi Da Samraj on topics such as Death is a Living Process, the Wound of Love, Transcending the Knot of Fear, Understanding Vital, Peculiar, and Solid Character Strategies, The Traditional and Time-Honored Guru-Devotee Relationship, Transcending the Mechanism of Doubt, and Dual Sensitivities Required for True Spiritual Life.

  • Locate What Is Real — In this two-part presentation, you will be introduced to Avatar Adi Da's core teaching on the true nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Avatar Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings (or Darshan). Hear stories and testimonials from long-time devotees of Avatar Adi Da. See video discourses of Avatar Adi Da speaking.

 


 

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