Starting February 1, 2018,
Nonduality.com will operated by James Traverse.
James Traverse has over 40 years
of experience in the art and science of yoga. He is
a yoga educator and writer who communicates the
direct approach to understanding your true nature.
This experiential means, which is founded on a
switchover from conceiving to purely perceiving,
flowered principally out of James’ studies with his
teacher, Jean Klein, who initiated him in the ways
of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Shaivism. His other
influences include the works of J. Krishnamurti,
David Bohm, Rumi, Adi Shankaracharya, Ramana
Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Atmananda
Krishnamenon and the yoga of B K S Iyengar, whose
method he studied intensely for the first 15 years
of his yoga journey.
I was interviewed on Non-Duality
America. Publisher Matthew King did a
beautiful editing job and took the time to insert lots of links
to many references that I made, as well as photos that he took
the time to locate. Please read the interview here:
Tell us your view about the
ever-expanding world of nonduality.
The world of Nonduality is always changing,
and by the world of nonduality I mean any and all activity around
nonduality the people, the perspectives, every expression
of nonduality, and the way information is delivered. These make
up the landscape of nonduality.
Nonduality itself doesnt change. It
doesnt even exist since the word means not two.
Who, then, is there to see nonduality? Nonduality is exactly what
we are. It is so intimately what we are that it cannot be seen..
Anything said about nonduality is nonduality at play and play is
the dualizing nature of nonduality or consciousness.
The world of nonduality is to be
approached, received, and delivered seriously but not to be taken
seriously. Done seriously, not taken seriously, much
as you would hold a door open for someone in a lucid dream (the
person doesnt exist, the door doesnt exist, the
building doesnt exist, and since you are dreaming lucidly,
you know you are sleeping in bed rather than a person walking
into a building). The non-existent dream character holds the
non-existent door open for the non-existent person out of the
integrity of the act, because of the respect for the apparent
forms. In the same way, waking life and the forms upon the
landscape of nonduality may be approached.
I encourage people to play with the
landscape of nonduality. Start Facebook groups, in-person
meetings, write books, write emails, write blogs and dont
feel you have to incorporate the current crop of nonduality
teachers into your world. Find people and subjects that interest
you and show us how they express the teaching of nonduality.
Maybe your subjects are carpenters, hikers, bricklayers, parents,
watch makers, who knows? Create your world and in that way the
world of nonduality will keep expanding.
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Here are other questions asked:
The landscape of the ND
movement has apparently changed over the years, what
do you attribute this too and can you throw out some general
I read a quote somewhere that
author/teacher Scott Kiloby called you the forefather of
modern, internet nonduality how does that sit
with you? I thought that was pretty cool and applicable!
How does the Eastern Vs Western nondual
perspective/viewpoints compare these days? It appears America
still loves its McDonalds fast-food
How can we promote the message of
nonduality in a responsible way? For some there is much to
do, of course, for others there is
nothing to do.
*I see that you were invited to speak at
the recent Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference. Tell us
about that please.
Also you were at the Science and
Nonduality (SAND) conferences in California. Ive heard both
positive and negative comments about folks experience there
[mostly positive]. Is this the right type of environment
and or time for this?
Will these types of gatherings ever make
their way to mainstream America? Meetings, retreats and Satsang
events seem to always take please in the usual spiritual hotbeds
in the U.S.
Is non-duality a good word,
definition and or tag for this movement? It is unique and hard to
tag and or classify, since it resides outside of religion(s), New
Age movement, self-help industry etc.
How do you see this same flowering of
expression in say the next 10 20 years?
Is the traditional Satsang model helping
more folks and or just extending the obvious/inherent clichés
that this model represents? I respect the tradition, but I am not
a fan of sitting in a room with a bunch of folks and or listening
to someone speak on a pedestal with flowers sitting all around
Do you think that some seekers
out there mistakenly make THIS [attending countless
meetings/retreats/intensives/buying lots of books] their
We are definitely living in some amazing
[yet strange] times, how can the message of nonduality help most
folks? And does this message have the capacity to reach those on
a global scale? If so what will it take to get it
there? It seems like most teachers and or authors are oftentimes
focused on helping individuals or small groups perhaps.