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.
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a lighthouse, a pole star for those who grieve and especially for parents who have lost a child or children
Every defeat is just an angel, tugging at your sleeve, telling you that you don’t have to keep banging your head against the wall.
In an age of spiritual awakening, emotional healing must move beyond psychology if it is to be effective.
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An animated short based on a story from Charles Eisenstein’s book, “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”
end of life care, hospice, death parties, spirit mediumship, and more on this episode of the podcast
She is you; She is me. She is unceasingly pregnant with the Divine in each of us.
The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other's welcome...
"A new world will be born in blood and pain, just as we are." —Joanna Macy
"Being a sex worker means that I walk a very invisible yet hyper visible path."
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