Do we have free will? Is there even a “we” or is there no personal self? Is everything perfect just as it is or is or are there problems to be solved? Or is the solution to all problems the realization that there are no problems? Are we all already enlightened or do we have to “attain” enlightenment through years of practice? And how about practice? Does it reinforce the sense of a practicer—a personal self—or can it lead to liberation from the confinement by that sense? Are gurus passé, or should they still play a role in contemporary spirituality? Does non-duality—Oneness—imply that there are no degrees of spiritual evolution? Are all forms of life equally valuable?
All of these questions have been raised in interviews I’ve conducted, and usually not as questions. Popular spiritual teachers have asserted one or another position to the exclusion of its alternatives. I have usually responded with “yes but”. Nisargadatta Maharaj and others have emphasized the importance of culturing the ability to appreciate paradox—to accommodate contradictory viewpoints within a broader perspective. After all, Nature does this. Water can be a solid, a liquid, or a gas. Its components, hydrogen and oxygen, are both completely unlike H2O. They, in turn, bear no resemblance to their subatomic components. And so on. More fundamental levels of nature do not invalidate the more manifest forms and properties to which they give rise. Reality is different at different levels of Nature’s functioning, and likewise, knowledge is different in different levels of consciousness.
Brahman or God are said to be all-consuming—the repository of all relative realities, no matter how dissimilar. If we aspire to Brahman Consciousness or God Realization, should our perspective evolve to follow suit?
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
The path to transcendence is through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness
Lama Tsomo teaches us the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities
In the coming decades, the pace of life will be much faster than it is today
What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?
Jean Houston in conversation with the audience
Discover the esoteric relationship between form and formlessness embedded within the Shema
In quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
Oftentimes, the culprit of our inability to genuinely relate in our heart is our adherence to the dualistic paradigm of “otherness.”
The journey into authentic nondual experience usually entails an ongoing experience of paradox
The world is in desperate need for compassion. Compassion means to recognize the real nature of every living being
The panelists invite SAND community members to explore privilege and consequences of racial and ontological identities.
Our primary evidence, our only certainty is consciousness.
What constitutes the essence of a true relationship?
What if the ways we think about the climate crisis is the crisis?
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
The unshakable knowing that not everything is as it appears to be
Francis Lucille's dialogue with the audience at SAND19 US
While we have unlocked the potential of a single atom we have yet to unlock the full potential of wise, loving and compassionate action
We live in a time characterized by convergences of many kinds
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
One of the fundamental spiritual, social, and ecological challenges of our time is learning how to live into what we know.
How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs?
Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction.
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
Zaya Bennazzo asks panelists to share their insights about the climate crisis
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
Loch shares discoveries from the recent neuroscience of awakening to support living from nondual love.
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
Everything is not a thing
to fashion universes out of emptiness
Coming to Peace with All that Arises in Everyday Life
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing?
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our nature if we are going to survive.
Grounding in the Act of Seeing Sacred Difference
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix.
Many embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms.
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool some of us into thinking we’re evolving
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges our most basic beliefs.
Total silence in which there is neither the observer nor the thing observed is the highest form of a religious mind.
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