Spiritual Integrity—The Key to Radical Transformation
Stuart Goodnick, Tayu Meditation Teacher
Original Date: Thursday, December 29, 7:30 pm

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Integrity can be most simply understood as "doing what you say you will do." But the word also suggests being "integral," being unified around a single defining principle, being whole and complete. Within the scope of our lives, we find ourselves operating within a variety of contexts, each of which having its own set of explicit and implicit agreements. Holding to the agreements we have made governs the degree to which we can be said to be in integrity with respect to a given context. Every game has its own set of rules, and "playing the game" is another way of expressing being in integrity within a situation.

The idea of integrity within the context of spiritual practice raises a number of interesting questions. What are the explicit and implicit agreements involved in spiritual practice and our work within a spiritual community? What does it mean to have integrity within our relationship with a spiritual teacher? Is integrity the exclusive province of the authentic Self or can our false personalities learn to play the game of spiritual practice and follow its rules flawlessly? How would we know the difference? Is it really even meaningful to speak about integrity in the early stages of Work on Self when we come to such practice as a collection of fragmentary identities? Can we cultivate an authentic integrity that arises spontaneously without our having to worry about the rules? If so, how do we do this? Join us for a lively discussion on integrity in the game of spiritual practice, and together we will explore and discover how this seemingly simply concept can actually unlock a powerful access to Self transformation.

Stuart Goodnick has been a Tayu spiritual teacher for over twenty years. He has degrees in physics from Caltech and U.C. Santa Cruz, was one of the founders of Many Rivers Books & Tea, and has a successful career as an executive in a variety of technology companies. Under the direction of his teacher Masayuki Koga, Stuart plays the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, which he will perform at the World Shakuhachi Festival in Kyoto, Japan, in June 2012.

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