Spirituality and Money: A talk given by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Tel Aviv, Israel

The Magic of Awareness by Anam Thubten

The paradox of awareness is very profound and yet very simple. It can’t be described because it has no objective qualities and no limitation. Sometimes it comes naturally to the surface when we are fully in the present moment and no longer lost in thought or mental projections. Pure consciousness is neither high nor low, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither good nor bad. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, we always have an immediate access to that inner stillness. It can be experienced in an instant in all circumstances once we know how to pay attention to it. It is utterly peaceful and it is also insightful, so it sees through all illusions. Whenever there is a moment of being deluded, we can use that moment to practice settling in the very perfect sphere of the Buddha mind without trying to change anything. When we reside in that liberated mind, we find the very thing we have been seeking all along.

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and undertook Buddhist training in the Nyingma tradition at an early age. He has been teaching in the West since the 1990s and is the spiritual advisor and Dharma teacher for the Dharmata Foundation. He is the author of the best-selling book, No Self, No Problem. Sharon Roe is completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Anam Thubten Rinpoche’s Message to the world

Anam Thubten Rinpoche was born in Tibet and entered into Buddhist
training in the Nyingma tradition at young age. Among his teachers, he had a special affinity toward a very inspiring Dharma teacher named Lama Tsurlo, who became his main mentor. Lama Tsurlo’s kindness and wisdom gave him the firm base to advance in his dharma practice, and still serves as a source of inspiration in his ever-unfolding love of true Dharma, as well as his work as a teacher.

In the 1990s, Anam Thubten came to America, and people began requesting Dharma teachings from him. Since then, he has been traveling and teaching extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He is the founder of the Dharmata Foundation and the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language. His first book in English appeared under the title “No Self, No Problem”. A revised edition of this title is newly released by Snow Lion Publications. Anam Thubten’s teachings mainly draw from Prajnaparamita, the timeless non-conceptual wisdom of Buddha.

Spiritual Compass: The Three Qualities of Life by Satish Kumar

In our modern, materialistic world it is easy to separate spirituality from everyday life, but this book encourages spirituality to be a part of our ordinary, everyday existence. It needs to be implicitly present in business, in politics, in farming, in cooking, and in relationships.

To illustrate this, Satish Kumar draws on the Indian Ayurvedic tradition which characterizes the mind as having three gunas, or primary qualities: sattva (characterized by calmness, clarity and purity), rajas (energy and passion), and tamas (dullness and ignorance). These qualities can be applied to work and the environment. When we see ourselves in the light of the three gunas, they can orient us toward the direction in which we wish to go. They can help us to recover the art of living, and lead us towards a peaceful and contented existence. Extending the meaning of spirtuality further, Satish explains that there is no dualism between spirit and matter—all matter is imbued with spirit, and spirit manifests through matter. This integrated world-view forms the core of his book.

Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. He is the editor of Resurgence magazine, director of programmes at Schumacher College, and founder of the UK Schumacher Society. He is the author of Earth Pilgrim, No Destination, and You Are Therefore I Am.

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Satish Kumar’s Spiritual Compass

Satish Kumar’s Spiritual Compass
Author and spiritual ecologist Satish Kumar explains the concepts which are found in his latest book; he believes that spirituality must be a part of our ordinary, everyday existence: it needs to be implicitly present in business, politics, farming, cooking—and in our relationships. To illustrate this, he draws on the Indian Ayurvedic tradition which characterises the mind as having three gunas, or primary qualities: sattva (characterised by calmness, clarity and purity), rajas (energy and passion), and tamas (dullness and ignorance).

Satish explains that there is no dualism between spirit and matter—all matter is imbued with spirit, and spirit manifests through matter. This integrated worldview forms the core of his book.

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