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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As Indigenous people, we have always had tools to manage our dysregulation.
An animated short based on a story from Charles Eisenstein’s book, “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”
Dance through life’s turbulences with the knowledge you are never alone ... from NOWNESS
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end of life care, hospice, death parties, spirit mediumship, and more on this episode of the podcast
Canadian Jungian analyst, a teacher, an author, and a remarkable human being
A masterpiece written and read by Ben Bushill with music by Ellen Molnia and Thomas Falk.
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Asking the fundemental questions and laying the ground work for a spiritual inquiry into racism
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