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In this issue I give further information on cee's upcoming retreat.
Also a link to an excellent site featuring videos.
The term "nonduality", sporting a pair of dark sunglasses, has crept out of ashrams and university departments of philosophy, and into blogs, busses, and dinner parties. Excerpts from blogs show how "nonduality" is becoming an established word in the everyday culture of people who are inclined to question the nature of reality and who they are.
Finally lyrics from Rolling Stone magazine's song of the year for 2006, which is radically nondual.
singular. As you know I am is most important.
It would be wonderful if you could join us for a retreat in
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Here's is the schedule,
in part. The retreat runs from
Feb. 16 - Friday night
Instruction on how to meditate
Homily: Enlightenment, States of Mind, and You
Feb. 17 - Saturday
Homily "Who am I?" I Am Not the Body
If you're interested and want to see the rest of the schedule, continuing through Monday morning, respond to this email.
You'll find yourself getting up early in the morning, because of the time difference, and going for great swims or walks or whatever you do, sometimes in a warm light rain, in this endlessly green and lush land on the ocean.
cee, by nature, is not only a perfect leader of meditation, quietness, and nondual consideration, but an artist and flower arranger. Thus everything around her is attended to with simple clean elegance, artfully and in detail, further heightening the value of this weekend. (I know, nonduality includes everything, elegant or not, and one isn't better than another, but still, I'm just telling you.)
So come on out. The cost is only $400 for the entire retreat, including shared lodging and all meals in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. If, like myself, you prefer private lodging, there are places available for 100-200 per night, and in that case the retreat cost is only 250.
You don't exist,
Contributor and reader Andy
you might be interested in this
http://corporate.skynet.be/zen/streamingvids.htm#1There is a lot of average videos there,
but also a few gems"
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I agree. I watched this video on Hopi philosophy and liked it a lot: http://snipurl.com/17ozh. There's lots of other good viewing available.
I also watched this thing which is an interview with Timothy Leary on youtube: http://snipurl.com/17ozk. You may or may not like it, but if Leary was a guy who had a vast view of reality, then it is interesting to see him face to face with those who have a more limited view. In another viewing sense, it is interesting to see *consciousness itself play out in the forms of people (*radical nondualists may stick the word "apparent" wherever they want.)
I love how "nonduality" is a word creeping into everyday vocabulary. Here are some blog entries with a little context included so that we can see how nonduality is fitting into everyday life.
music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley
mood: happy to be home cuz it's totally freezing out. (-20C)
cool link: http://www.garycrowley.com/
stuff to do: get the highlights out, finishing current indexing project, start indexing new book, trek out to market, do updates on my website, answer emails.
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I think I'd rather get in touch with my true self and the honesty I can access of the world in myself, than deny my feelings and operate in a purely abstract realm. I dunno- it's tricky. But nonduality and the universe is within me, and I am the universe, and I just ahve to align myself to its widsom. Cool stuff- sometimes hard to do and certainly hard to access sometimes for me, but a good sentiment worth appreciating.
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Nonduality of Quietude and Disturbance
Current mood: grateful
disdain clamor to seek quietude are as it were throwing
away flour but seeking cake. Cake is originally flour,
which changes according to use.
Current mood: bouncy
1. Enter the stall. Shower for about 3 minutes, then scream really loudly, exclaiming, "I didn't know I had one of THOSE!"
2. Enter the stall, fully clothed. Do not undress and make sure your clothes get all wet and soapy. Complain when leaving the bathroom that your shirt tends to bleed.
3. Ask Scottie to beam you up.
4. Enter the stall, undress and then re-dress up as Superman. Leap out of the stall, vengefully vow to stop Lex Luther's evil plot, then run full force into the wall. Stand up, shake your head, and proceed to take your shower.
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162. OK. I was watching Da Ali G show and heres what happened. A woman was talking about fur coats and said, in the defense of animals, that she imagines they would prefer to die a natural death in the woods and therefore hunting them for fur was wrong. Fair enough; Im down with that. But what I noticed was the reasoning of her decision. The Why we shouldnt kill animals and I realized well had known for quite some time now that it is for the animals but it is not just for the animals. It is good for all animals. Good for all organisms, us included. Good for everything.
This is the interconnectedness of being; and I do not mean it in a collectivist way. I simply mean to say that Tat Tvam Asi. I saw it in a way like no other tonight. What is good for one what is truly good for one of us is good for another. This is the intersection of Altruism and Self-Interest. It is the Nonduality Samkara was talking about. It is the same duality Svetaketu was told about in the Upanisads. It is the web of interdependence: the realization that there is not me and other; that I am you and you are me. Much the same as Nalatie Portmans character does at the end of V for Vendetta. Very much what the Greeks meant when they said agape.
And, it is exactly what is implied in the ancient Sanskrit and current Nepalese greeting of good will: Namaste, which, so eloquently means, the light in me recognizes the light in you, and if you see me, there are no longer two of us.
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Generation Awakening Tarra Christoff pg 22
And as many traditional structures come tumbling down, the new ones that have yet to take shape require skills and capacities not traditionally valued in capitalist culture collaboration, empathy, humility, courage, nonduality, compassion, and reverence.
Ocean Robbins YES! Founder on the growing people for change movements We were born with the possibility beating in our hearts for a world that is more humane, more in harmony with the earth, and more aligned with forces of sustainability and justice. I think we are an immune system that is responding to the crisis of our time.
Seane Corn (yoga teacher) We start by healing what is within us; then together we can start a global campaign for compassion. She emphasizes the Hopi wisdom that guides her: We are the ones weve been waiting for.
And as many
COOL LINKS --Youth Group and activist websites Pg 24
Action without borders
Bioneers Bioneers is a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Okay, and for more evidence that nonduality is permeating popular culture and everyday life, check out this email recently received:
Thought it might be interesting to mention that RollingStone magazines song of the year for 06 has some rather curious lyrics, (along with its catchy melody.) I do believe its author has probably had some kind of taste of awakening. Perhaps, there is a significance that suggests the penetration/growth of nondual sensibilities for this song to have had such mass appeal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy
[-contributor kept anonymous]
artist: Gnarls Barkley song: Crazy
I remember when
I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that phase
Even your emotions have an echo
In so much space
And when you're out there
Yeah I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much
Does that make me crazy (x3)
And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice
Thats my only advice
Come on now
Who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are
Ha ha ha!
Bless your soul
You really think you're in control
I think you're crazy (x3)
Just like me
My heroes had the heart, to put their lives out on the limb
And all I remember, is thinking I want to be like them
Ever since I was little
Ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done
But maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy
Now watch (the video is remarkable) and listen: http://youtube.com/watch?v=u3D4_ljnjqo
I close this issue with a quote from Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, by Jed McKenna:
Ahab views his madness as a form of sanity. He finds it strange that others seem to be in similar circumstances, but not reacting similarly. When the life-battered blacksmith tells Ahab, "I am past scorching; not easily can'st thou scorch a scar," Ahab replies:
"Thy shrunk voice sounds too calmly, sanely woeful to me. In no Paradise myself, I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?"
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