A TSK study group can be started when there are three or more people who are interested in studying TSK, either face-to-face, or by means of Internet software. The TSK Association may already have names of other interested people in your area, and can provide an experienced contact person and support in setting up a group. TSKA can also help set up a local introductory workshop if you wish. Contact the TSKA office at 510-303-1035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of TSKA Study Groups
A Millennial Nonlocal Study Group
Early in 2012 we will start a 'nonlocal' study group. This free group will be conducted via the Internet, using our webconference software, so it doesn't matter where you are, so long as you have an Internet connection, you can participate. The plan is to hold regular weekly meetings, usually on weekends.
If you are interested in this study group, fill in the form below, and we'll send you the schedule for webinar meetings, and information about the content and exercises.
'Local' Study groups
Australia: Byron Bay NSW. Roger Cotgreave teaches tai chi exercises based on the TSK vision. Contact him via email at email@example.com, or phone 026680 8421.
San Francisco, California: Richard Miller is interested in starting a group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami, Florida: Eric Lichtman, at Miami-Dade Community College, is interested in setting up a group. If you want to participate, call Eric at 305-237-2954 or email: email@example.com.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: If there's sufficient interest, Cristina Elliott will restart her group. If you want to participate, call her at 225-343-7896 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to start a group in your locale? Email email@example.com.
Guidelines and Procedures for TSKA Study Groups
Relationship Between TSKA Study Groups and the Time, Space, and Knowledge Association
While TSKA study groups operate independently of TSKA and are legally and financially responsible for their own activities, these groups have a service agreement with TSKA such that TSKA is committed to provide the services and benefits listed to the left (under "Benefits of TSKA Study Groups") in order to foster the understanding and embodiment of TSK for individuals in the groups.
According to this agreement, TSKA will provide an experienced contact person for help in setting up the group, and for ongoing support. Other than support and advice, TSKA may be able to provide an experienced leader from time to time, although there is no commitment to provide a leader on a regular basis.
One local study group member needs to volunteer to act as a contact person with TSKA as well as a leader or facilitator of the study group. This person may have little experience with TSK, or quite a bit—the important thing is to facilitate open yet focused inquiry on the part of all participants. It’s not necessary for the leader to feel or think that he/she ‘understands’ or embodies TSK in order to effectively lead the group.
The local study group leader provides direction and structure, but the group format should be nonhierarchical; study group leaders should foster neither separations between presenters and participants, nor the experience of a presenter as an 'owner' of knowledge. All individuals should be encouraged to participate, with no one dominating the discussion. It seems we are all students of the TSK vision; none of us has any priority on knowledge, nor should anyone rely on any position of authority.
While there are no "right" ways to present or practice TSK, study group leaders should endeavor to be consistent with the general thrust and essential meaning of the TSK texts.
Study Group Startup and Process
The group focus is on TSK books rather than other materials. A group can choose any of the TSK books to explore or use more than one. Someone in the group can order books from local bookstores or Dharma Publishing (or from TSKA, which has a small collection of texts available at a discount) and have people examine them at the first meeting.
It is suggested that initially people attend at least four consecutive meetings. This gives the group time to work with ‘rough spots' and allows time for individuals to explore some of the more subtle dimensions of experience that can be very fulfilling. When a new person joins the group, a “connection person” should be available to provide details about meeting time and place, general procedures, and to try to foster an easy entry into the study group community.
A typical group meeting might include reading, inquiry and discussion, and exercises. The leader might start the meeting with an exercise to help focus the inquiry. Repeating an exercise later in the meeting often has a deepening effect. It is suggested that prior to a meeting, the leader or someone else read ahead and choose an appropriate exercise for practice.
During the meetings participants should explore with their own 'grounded' perceptions—making connections to their personal lives for clues to further understanding. Note however, that TSK is different from psychological approaches, which are based on beliefs in linear time and the independence and authority of the self. It is suggested that the group proceed primarily without references to particular philosophers, psychologists, science, theories, etc., although these references will probably occasionally be useful.
Flexibility regarding approach is valuable. The rate at which the group proceeds may vary according to interest, understanding and, occasionally, frustration level. Parts of the book may initially appear somewhat vague and difficult while further study may add clarity. Continued confusion can be discussed with the group’s TSKA contact person.
It is possible to arrange an occasional web conference with a TSKA facilitator during meetings. Also, a meeting can be taped for feedback.
Collaboration with Nyingma Centers
On major promotional materials, such as web sites, full-page advertisements, etc., TSKA study groups shall include a statement indicating that TSKA is an independent organization from Nyingma Centers and that the names "TSK" and "Time, Space, and Knowledge" are registered service marks of Nyingma Centers.