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?
Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
The unshakable knowing that not everything is as it appears to be
Many embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms.
Everything is not a thing
In the coming decades, the pace of life will be much faster than it is today
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
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 panelists invite SAND community members to explore privilege and consequences of racial and ontological identities.
Jean Houston in conversation with the audience
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field
The world is in desperate need for compassion. Compassion means to recognize the real nature of every living being
Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction.
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
Coming to Peace with All that Arises in Everyday Life
What if the ways we think about the climate crisis is the crisis?
The path to transcendence is through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness
Loch shares discoveries from the recent neuroscience of awakening to support living from nondual love.
There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix.
One of the fundamental spiritual, social, and ecological challenges of our time is learning how to live into what we know.
Lama Tsomo teaches us the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities
Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
Grounding in the Act of Seeing Sacred Difference
The challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world
What constitutes the essence of a true relationship?
Our primary evidence, our only certainty is consciousness.
Pamela Wilson has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
Discover the esoteric relationship between form and formlessness embedded within the Shema
Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
We live in a time characterized by convergences of many kinds
Francis Lucille's dialogue with the audience at SAND19 US
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
Francis Lucille answers questions at SAND19 US.
to fashion universes out of emptiness
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
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?
What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?
While we have unlocked the potential of a single atom we have yet to unlock the full potential of wise, loving and compassionate action
There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
In quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.
In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love.
How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs?
While the personal level is an important foundation, the next level is to bring our practice to the interpersonal realm
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our nature if we are going to survive.
Zaya Bennazzo asks panelists to share their insights about the climate crisis
Rupert Spira has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US
Exploring the cultural and spiritual practices of death and dying with the authors of a new book 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead for Beginners'
This compulsion to arrive at the Final Truth is, of course, foiled again and again by life itself.
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.”
Please enter your email and we’ll send you instructions to reset your password