2nd Tier Circle

Self Enquiry, Spiritual Practice, Contemplation

Sundays, 10:00 - 10:50 am

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2nd Tier Circle meetings now use Zoom to gather online.

Here is the invitation generated by Zoom:

STEVEN MARCOM is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 2nd Tier Circle

Time: Mar 29, 2020 10:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Sun, until May 10, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)

  1.         Mar 29, 2020 10:00 PM
  2.         Apr 5, 2020 10:00 PM
  3.         Apr 12, 2020 10:00 PM
  4.         Apr 19, 2020 10:00 PM
  5.         Apr 26, 2020 10:00 PM
  6.         May 3, 2020 10:00 PM
  7.         May 10, 2020 10:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 653 263 239

Note that the Zoom meeting will start about 9:45 am to give everyone a chance to chat a bit with each other and work out any issues using Zoom.

Zoom Considerations

  • It's a good idea to have the light source in your room be in front of you to light up your face. If the light source is behind you, your face may appear dark.
  • Try to find a firm chair to sit in, such as a folding chair. We will be doing several meditations during the meeting and it is good to be able to have a straight spine and feet on the floor.

Videocast of Last Meeting

Tao Te Ching

For the upcoming seven weeks, we will study diffeent chapters of  the book, Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell.

Tao Te Ching (pronounced, more or less, Dow Deh Jing) can be translated as The Book of the Way.

The author's name, Lau-tzu, in Chinese means, roughly, "the Old Master" or "the Old Boy." He cared deeply about the welfare of one's fellow human beings. His book is, among other things, a treatise on the art of government, whether of a country or a child.

A good athelete can enter a state of body-awareness in which the right stroke or the right movement happens by itself, effortlessly, without any interference of the conscious will. This is a paradigm for the so-called "non-action" in the Tao Te Ching, the purest and most effective form of action.

Lao-tzu's central figure is a man or woman whose life is in perfect harmony with the way things are. This is not an idea, Mr. Mitchell comments; he has seen it. In surrendering to the Tao, in giving up all concepts, judgments, and desires, the "Master's" mind has grown naturally compassionate.

The teaching of the Tao Te Ching is moral in the deepest sense. Unencombered by any concept of sin, the Master doesn't see evil as a force to resist, but simply as an opaqueness, a state of self-absorption which is in disharmony with the universal process, so that, as with a dirty window, the light can't shine through.

Chapter 10

On March 29th we will study Chapter 10:

Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness?

Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child’s?

Can you cleanse your inner vision until you see nothing but the light?

Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will?

Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course?

Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control,
this is the supreme virtue

For information: email Steve Marcom

The Sound of Ohm

Listen to the sound of "ohm" four times. 2nd Tier Circle makes one sound of "ohm" to begin and end each class:


2nd Tier Circle meetings are usually recorded on YouTube. Visit the 2nd Tier Circle Podcast Summary page.


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Updated March 31, 2020