Science and Non-Duality

Science and Non-Duality

The eclecticism of the conference, which occurs in San Jose every October, is both its curse and its blessing. While the conference can seem like an unfocused whirlwind of wild ideas and skepticism, technology and spirituality, complex thought and intuitive mysticism, it’s precisely in this milieu that you find the real gems: The moments of dialogue and exchange, of coming together, of exploration. 

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Embodiment as Nature and Notions of No Self

Embodiment as Nature and Notions of No Self

Within many Buddhist communities, discussions of difference gravitate toward a superficial sameness or “no self,” without realistically addressing the suffering that has happened—that is happening—among human beings. Such suffering, when explored in Buddhist communities, is treated as a personal issue rather than as a collective injury.

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Spiritual Teachers & Sex Scandals: What's Really Going On?

Spiritual Teachers & Sex Scandals: What's Really Going On?

These things are seldom as neat as the stories we create about them.  It’s an impossible dilemma Zen, and culture in general, finds itself in around sexuality. How could a traditional Japanese Zen master deal with complicated sexuality between consenting adults, and remain in cultural integrity?

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An Interview with John Prendergast

An Interview with John Prendergast

It's really about integrity, if I had to boil it down to one word - being in integrity with the Truth. And that is a very challenging process, because we're so survival oriented, socially and biologically. There's all of human evolution, and the brain, and all the culture that comes out of that - which is around deception, and being out of integrity, and not being authentic, in order to survive.

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Spiritual Awakening in Slow Motion

Spiritual Awakening in Slow Motion

Awakening, in this context, is the sudden loosening of our belief in thoughts as being in any way definitive of the inner self. The thinking mind, in a way, breaks open, through it’s own circulation, absurdity or conflict, and the consciousness that supports the thinking mind is suddenly liberated.

Unrestrained, unbounded and apparently timeless, this consciousness beyond habitual conscious thought then reflects on itself, becoming conscious of consciousness, opening a chain reaction into infinity. Is this an end point? How could it be?

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An Interview with Richard Lang

An Interview with Richard Lang

"How big are you? What shape are you? How can you tell?" I'm seated in a lower conference room at the 2014 Science And Nonduality conference in San Jose, CA. My eyes are closed. Richard Lang is the speaker. His gentle voice, with his charming English accent, is leading the audience through a series of exercises that are childishly subversive.

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Mindfulness and Charlie Hebdo: Je suis tout le monde

Mindfulness and Charlie Hebdo: Je suis tout le monde

As a teacher of mindfulness and spiritual awakening, I’m inevitably prompted to wonder how the practice of present moment awareness can help open up our perspective and relieve our suffering. With regular meditation practice, we become more and more aware of the beliefs and preconceptions that color and distort our perception of reality, and we open to the possibility of seeing things and other people clearly, as they are, without the distorting lens of ideology or cultural conditioning.

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Things Left Unsaid.

Things Left Unsaid.

Let me just say that when I finished undergrad, my elevator pitch about being an English major usually didn't perk any ears, and in some cases it was a conversational dead-end. Everybody knows an English major who isn't sure what they're going to do with their life.  However on this particular night, as the silence held following my words about this cutting-edge means of psychotherapy practice, I realized that people were not only listening, but they might have wanted to hear more. 

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Peshawar School Shooting

Peshawar School Shooting

Too often these stories remain stories. And too often these stories remain unfelt. But the heart lives and breathes; it connects across continents and across cultures, and it is there on the warm floor of a classroom in dusty Pakistan, eyes closed, bleeding, waiting for the footsteps to stop. We are not separate in the great sea of events that composes us and our history. We feel every tremble. And it is our great burden and gift to do so.

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