Our founders Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo. share their touching personal stories as well as the history and future vision for SAND in this special Buddha at the Gaspump interview with our friend Rich Archer.
Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria with degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States.
Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984 came to the United States on a ninety-eight-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut To Nirvana.
Maurizio and Zaya merged their lifelong passions for science and mysticism when they met in 2007, and their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next level of creation and collaboration: Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.
Esther Perel is a therapist who has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom.
Speaking at the 2018 Radiant Intimacy gathering, Esther Perel outlines the remarkable transformation…
You know that feeling when you have just gone through a breakup, or lost your job, and everything is terrible and terrifying and you don’t know what to do...
Oftentimes, the culprit of our inability to genuinely relate in our heart is our adherence to the dualistic paradigm of “otherness.”
Justin Garcia discusses the changing role of technology in human sexuality and intimacy
We have been taught to forget our power and our sensual and sexual nature
Heartfelt connectedness and love drive our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth.
Living with someone we love, with all the joys and challenges, is one of the best ways…
The revelation of Being Here while residing in a human body is infinite.
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