The Awareness Podcast, Ep.37: Integrating Spiritual Awakening with Susan Telford and Stephan Bodian: Discover Your Natural State of Awakened Awareness

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In this episode Susan and Stephan discuss the differences between the progressive and direct paths. Stephan brings a unique perspective on both approaches as he is a former Zen monk who later studied under Jean Klein and Adyashanti and is himself a teacher of non duality, as well as being a psychotherapist.

Susan and Stephan reflect on the differences between an intellectual understanding of the teachings and Self realization and what it is that wakes up.

Stephan gives a flavor of what he will be teaching in his live 4 part Workshop in October, Discover Your Natural State of Awakened Awareness:

Session 1: The Gateless Gate
October 3rd from 12:00-1:30pm ET

Awake awareness is your natural state, and this class we will explore the paradox of realizing what you already are.

Session 2: Beyond Mindfulness
October 10th from 12-1:30pm ET

In this class you will learn the direct approach to the practice of presence -how to rest in awareness and let everything be as it is.

Session 3: Spontaneous Awakening
October 17th from 12-1:30pm ET

In this class, you will learn how to distinguish the authentic realization of your essential nature from passing spiritual states, and how to deepen and abide.

Session 4: Embodying the Light
October 24th from 12-1:30pm ET

Once you have a clear recognition of who you are beyond the mind, learn how to embody your realization as you embark on the lifelong journey of living from the truth you’ve realized in every moment of life.

October 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th from 11:00-12:30pm ET



Stephan began his spiritual practice with Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, and received ordination as a monk in 1974 from Kobun Chino. After leaving the monastic life in the early ‘80s, he spent a decade as a student of Advaita master Jean Klein, and after Jean’s death in 1998 he spent several years in intimate study with Adyashanti, who invited him to teach.
As well as being a spiritual teacher, Stephan is trained as a psychotherapist and he has been a pioneer in the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western psychology and in the embodiment of awakened awareness in everyday life. His approach to teaching and counseling blends compassionate self-inquiry, nondual insight, and transformational techniques from the field of psychotherapy. Drawing on his decades of experience as a therapist and teacher, he specializes in offering guidance that is custom tailored to the needs of the individual seeker.

Learn more about Stephan and his School of Awakening here: