BIL 2015

March 21-22nd at Imperial Vancouver. Doors open at 8am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30AM.

Michael Lutinsky


I’m a computer games engineer who sold 99% of everything he owned to chase the dream of enlightenment. I eventually took vows, became a monk and adopted a new monk identity.

I wound up traveling through three different countries for over 5 1/2 years to teach, yet couldn’t shake the feeling that people were putting me up on a pedestal, and even that when I taught, I was too ingrained in the bubble of monkhood to be relevant. So when I realized I wasn’t growing anymore, I left, and now I enjoy translating monk-ese to people-ese, with passion.

There really is something called Consciousness beyond the prison-like chatter of the mind–and with a good teacher and good technique, anything can be learned.

Talk Title: What if We Could Hack "The Force" from Star Wars and Experience it For Reals?

Remember in the original Star Wars when Obi Wan began mentoring Luke on how to experience this mystical energy field called The Force? And you began to follow his instructions–right there in the theater!–but dammit… it didn’t work…?

Yeah, me too!

The difference is that it gnawed away at me for years, to the point where I later began chasing mystical experiences from my meditating until I eventually took vows and became a monk of an obscure order. Then everything got turned up to 11.

This is not a story about my journey, but about how that journey can teach us how to hack away at Luke’s original instructions from Obi Wan, and uncover the field of Consciousness. Yes, you can be aware of The Force!