towards the understanding of the intricate layers of African spirituality and the profound insights it offers into the human condition in living and dying and beyond
"I will take two pens to write this. One can dip into the ink of understanding. Under the reign of the sun..."
A wide ranging discussion with interdependent spiritual mystic master
Not-knowing is a way of slowing down enough to see where we already are.
A conversation with Joan on the simplicity and depth of awareness of being
A conversation on Rumi, Sufism, and the deep mysteries of being
The seagull fears no shipwreck. Her feet love to touch the ocean...
Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you.
The process of dependent origination is sometimes said to be the heart or the essence of all Buddhist teaching. What is described in the process is the way in which suffering can arise in our lives, and the way in which it can end.
When me they fly, I am the wings; I am the doubter and the doubt, I am the hymn the Brahmin sings.
For many meditators, reclaiming an awareness of feelings is a long and difficult process. Yet in Buddhist psychology bringing consciousness to feelings is critical for awakening.
“letting in” and “letting be” leads to a much easier approach than the conventional trying to let go we usually default to
Touching into listening, embodiment, the shadow, and devotion with teacher and author Ellen Emmet
Lama Rod Owens is interviewed by David Montgomery for The Washington Post on Love and Rage, spiritual activism, Buddhism and white supremacy.
A dialog between two modern spiritual teachers on the nature and wonder of the heart
...As you walk back by the little farmhouses, the meadows, and the railway line, you will see that yesterday has come to an end: life begins where thought ends...
Consciousness is not a thing. Asking “What is consciousness?” is like asking “Where does light come from?”, while watching a movie.
Do you think peace requires an end to war? Or tigers eating only vegetables?
What am I up to when, with a couple of blindingly luminous formulations, I claim to take my stand as Awareness and to allow everything, free from resistance, effortlessly?
A.H. Almaas discusses neuroscience and the self, continuity of consciousness, the construction of the self, self-identity, and the suffering that can arise.
May we all have compassion for every one of us being exactly as we are in each moment
The measure of resistance in electrical engineering is called the Ohm. Although this Ohm has no known relation to the common Eastern chants with the same sound, it was no doubt a coincidence
from The Wisdom of Islam: An Introduction to the Living Experience of Islamic Belief and Practice
Exploring lines, levels, and stages of Spiritual Development and Integral Theory.
Sally Kempton speaks of her history, Tantra practice, and goddess worship in an interview with Science and Nonduality.
In this live SAND Conference talk Mona offers some beautiful sacred wisdom from her Islamic tradition with that special Science and Nonduality flavor weaving her talk through the ancient and the modern, the light and dark in this talk.
There is a dimension of our Being that is never in crisis
Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.”
We look back at a selection of talks of Peter's from SAND conferences and host a discussion about his history with science and spirituality
Nothing would do what is required in each moment without a point of view of how others see it. Greatness is a judgement from the outside or, if it is from the inside, then it is a judgement that you are less-than.
This compulsion to arrive at the Final Truth is, of course, foiled again and again by life itself.
In this talk with meditation, Amoda Maa offers essential teachings of openness as the doorway to living from the ground of love and presence.
A poem on the impact of resurrection.
A philosphical exploration of not-twones that permeates all of our experience
"Watch with an open mind, see what resonates and leave the rest"
Kali Baaba offers a deep discourse on the profundity of our shared and universal sense of 'I am'
In episode 4 of our Podcast we explore the traditional Tibetan Buddhist beliefs of death and dying
Promoting his new book 'The Myth of Normal' on the Tim Ferris Show
We are born into the world as one and we have no idea of ‘me’, the separate self, for some time until it is gradually instilled upon us by the environment and our developing mind.
SAND guest speaker with a taste of Sufi Whirling
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that alcohol is “cunning, baffling and powerful” in its cause of the disease of alcoholism.
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
Compassion is the ability, by Awareness, to recognize and acknowledge only itself everywhere.
Zaya and Maurizio talk about their film projects and the need to spiritually connect people around the world on Prague TV
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
The first episode in our brand new podcast series!
Stand as if you see creation before your eyes and know know that your belonging is undeniable and complete...
Matthew Fox continues his reflections on the ritual of grief and healing by Rabbi Arthur Waskow of The Shalom Center.
A freer way of understanding is to grasp what we’ve been asked to know and hold it for a moment at a distance.
When we bring the mind back to the body, we are able come back to the home within and to live the miracle of life.
“The only way to change the world is to change the story.” We know only too well the story that defines…
According to Ervin Laszlo, the coherence of the atom and the galaxies is the same coherence that keeps living cells together, cooperating to form life.
Tony Parsons in conversation with Zaya Benazzo from SAND 2013 Conference
Renunciation is realizing that our nostalgia for wanting to stay in a protected, limited, petty world is insane
Exploring the Feminine side of spirituality, leads her listeners in discussion
From his sickbed, Vimalakirti attains insight so deep that even Manjusri, the manifestation of profound wisdom bows to listen
All experience is now. Try to step out of now into a past or future. Where do we or could we go?
From "A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment" Podcast
We are living through the most exciting and most challenging times in human history, if not the history of planet.
Instead of denying aging, avoiding death, or fantasizing about some after-life for “me”, Joan points to fully embracing the total disintegration and loss of control that growing old and dying—and living and loving and being awake—actually entails.
To find answers about love and relationships that transcend time, culture, religion, read What Are You Looking For?
In his meetings Rupert explores the perennial non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions.
Biographical documentary of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh narrated by Peter Coyote
There are still several unanswered questions surrounding the relationship between trauma and Highly Sensitive People.
Lama Rod Owens holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation.
Contentment counters and overrides our constant tendency to grasp and chase after things
Brenda weaves traditional medicine, Buddhism, mindfulness, Toltec energy medicine and ancient calendar teachings to help others understand the times we are in as humanity.
Can we live softly and spaciously, with a loose grip and a joyful heart, even in times of great sorrow and loss?
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges our most basic beliefs.
In the Sufi tradition, there is a saying, “Die before death.” For Sufis, this is an exhortation to befriend death and the process of letting go as a daily spiritual practice.
Heart-break is painful. There is no way around that. The loss of a loved one is devastating. It breaks you down. It tears you apart. The life that you thought you were living is no more. The person you thought you were, has died with your loved one.
A glimpse into the empty awareness reveals what one cannot learn over multiple lifetimes
Our ability to meet each moment in life with awareness benefits us immensely at the time of death.
The late Zen Master shares how to look deeply into the true nature of everything
Deepak shares his reflections on Death and shows us how coming to terms with our own beliefs about it can liberate us.
As individuals and as a culture, we have deeply disconnected from the realm of the body
We live in a culture caught in the illusion of time
The similarities, the differences, and the complementarities between the Eastern and Western understandings of transformation.
A debate: does epistemological primacy equate to ontological primacy?
Why does our current era make some spiritual teachers and students susceptible to misinformation and cult-like thinking?
Open your Heart, release stress, improve your resilience...
A Community Conversation Facilitated by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo
A 4-part Webinar Series
In these times of layered and intersecting personal and collective traumas...
Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool some of us into thinking we’re evolving
An online Community Conversation facilitated by Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo
Fear can be a powerful door to unlock previously unreachable energy still stored in our false images
A conversation with Rupert Spira, contemplating the Nature of Experience.
by Anjula Ram. One woman's journey of seeking freedom and happiness.
Deepak brings multifaceted perspectives and reflections to the current situation.
Total silence in which there is neither the observer nor the thing observed is the highest form of a religious mind.
Embodied Nonduality and Authentic Self-Expression: A 3-Part Webinar Series
Francis answers Jeanric's questions in this touching interview
Eric discusses the current pandemic and many other themes at Wisdom in Times of Crisis
Michael Meade speaks so beautifully about the role of "descent" in any spiritual journey.
When we avoid rooting in our dying bodies, spirituality grows spindly and bears no real fruit.
Francis answers questions from the audience at SAND18US
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Orland Bishop has a conversation with a small group at SAND19 US.
Francis Lucille's dialogue with the audience at SAND19 US
Rupert Spira in conversation
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