Archive for May 2010

NON-DUALITY & COMMON SENSE – JUNE 27 (SUNDAY) – 12-1PM – CASA DE LUZ – AUSTIN

May 31, 2010

We have all heard the saying ‘there is nothing so uncommon as common sense’ and we would add that it is exponentially true when we come to spiritual life or what we call ‘a search for source.’ In religious literature, it is very rare to even hear the words common sense used, but for those who have traversed the path for a long time they know that it is an essential element. It brings balance and functioning within your own means. You practice what you can and leave the rest. You do not try to overly copy others paths, but follow your own path to the best of your ability. Of course, Non-Duality is not a religion although it can contain various spiritual paths such as Vedanta, Buddhism, Christianity, etc. It remains free to explore not only religions but also various sciences and anywhere knowledge and deeper love can be found. So Non-Duality as a path has to find its own way, with the help of various individuals and authentic Dharmic literature and the latest findings in several of the sciences. Non-Duality states that there is a foundational Ultimate Reality, that is beyond time, space and causality and ‘you are that.’ It does not stop even there but says that all of life is a manifestation of this ‘Beingness’ or ‘Emptiness.’ Now this is way outside of the common experience of most all humans and yet this is the claim of Non-Duality. It also says that to transcend your own personal motives and live in universal love, is the compliment of this complete transcendence. All of this is very uncommon and yet as a person progresses towards a deeper understanding of life, mind, motive, purpose and essence, this is exactly what they find. It does not matter what part of the world or what their particular beliefs, whether scientific or religious or socially humanitarian. Life reveals itself ultimately in an expression of Oneness. This is what many of the most profound individuals who have lived have shown us. Now if this is true, then there must be balanced, common sense ways to approach this deeper life. There should be ways in which we will not make it overly ‘mystical’ or ‘metaphysical’ while at the same time revealing depths much beyond the reaches of ordinary sense perception. Come join us to explore this most profound of topics and for the practical implications of such a ‘common sense’ approach.

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BUDDHA/ETHICS/MEDITATION – MAY 23 – CASA DE LUZ/AUSTIN – 12-1PM

May 1, 2010

In the Non-Dual tradition, once it is understood in its universal format, beyond the classical understanding of Advaita Vedanta as its primary representative, then Buddhism, Neo-Platonism and many other systems both East and West show up being instruments of the Non-Dual realization and Ultimate Reality. Beyond even this is the idea we have proposed that Non-Duality lies at the very heart of Nature and in fact is the ‘Nature of Nature.’ That is, it is the very nature of life, mind and evolution and this is what all of the various ‘spiritual’ traditions were actually striving to attain. The modern Ramakrishna discovered this directly from his profound purity and unimaginable universal experiences. This is also true with some of the modern sciences such as evolutionary biology, quantum physics, cognitive studies and other fields that are pointing to this Non-Dual reality.

Once this is truly understood, then we can look at Buddha in a new light, as a representation of one of the greatest and most profound embodiments of this Non-Dual process in actual practice. This class will focus on the fundamental ethics via the Eightfold Path and other crucial ideas within Buddhism, such as the realization of Sunyata – translated as Emptiness and which is very much misunderstood in many cases. Non-Duality will give a solid background to understand this most elusive of realizations. Buddha also devised many of the most elaborate and accurate meditation processes ever developed by the human race and we will see how these relate to the foundations of ethics and the unfoldment of our deepest, highest and widest nature.

Please join us for this most informative class on the great Buddha and his many schools which have developed for over 2500 years.

We will also celebrate our 1 year anniversary. We are having a pot-luck afterwards, so bring a small vegetarian dish to share or just come and celebrate – we will have plenty.