Radiant Mind: Awakening Unconditioned Awareness by Peter Fenner

Whether it is called enlightenment, pure awareness, or the “unconditioned mind,” there exists an awakened state of pure liberation that is at the heart of every contemplative tradition. Yet, according to Peter Fenner, this experience of boundless consciousness does not have to exist separately from our day-to-day, “conditioned” existence. Rather, we can learn to exist as unique individuals at the same time as we rest in a unified expanse of oneness with all existence–in a state he calls “Radiant Mind.” In Radiant Mind, Peter Fenner shares the insights, techniques, and exercises he has developed in teaching the thousands of students who have attended his sold-out workshops, including: – How to observe and dissolve fixations, to live in the here and now without being controlled by our desires – Listening and speaking in a way that moves us toward pure openness–and lets us share this experience with others – Tools for identifying our conscious and unconscious sources of suffering–and learning to transcend those patterns “As extraordinary as unconditioned mind may sound,” teaches Peter Fenner, “it isn’t distant from our everyday life; it’s always readily available to us.” Now, this respected authority on both Eastern spirituality and Western psychology introduces readers to a set of practices available to anyone open to the complete possibilities of their spiritual evolution–and to the experience of the unconstrained bliss of Radiant Mind. A master of nondual spirituality teaches practices for integrating the liberated state of unconditioned awareness into your everyday life.

Peter Fenner, Ph.D.
studied as a monk for nine years with many notable Buddhist lamas, including Sogyal Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche, and Thubten Yeshe. He is founder of the Center for Timeless Wisdom, and the author of numerous books, including Reasoning Into Reality (Wisdom Publications, 1995) and The Edge of Certainty (Nicolas-Hays, 2002). He has taught workshops at Stanford Medical School, Columbia University, and elsewhere.

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Peter Fenner 1-5 ‘Awakening Unconditioned Awareness’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Peter had the good fortune to meet the Tibetan Lama Thubten Yeshe, founder of the Foundation for the Presentation of the Mahayana Tradition in 1974. Lama Yeshe accepted him as his student and in 1978 he was ordained as a monk. In 1983 he completed a PhD in the philosophical psychology of the Madhyamika school of Mahayana Buddhism. His other teachers included Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Thubten Loden, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche. After nine years as a celibate monk, Peter handed back his ordination. As a postmonastic he embarked on an intensive exploration of Western forms of healing and therapy. In 1986 he began offering adaptations of Mahayana wisdom to mental health professionals. His workshops integrated Buddhist Non-Dual wisdom with an understanding of group dynamics. He subsequently founded the Center for Timeless Wisdom, a Californian non-profit organization, which offers contemplative dialogues and retreats in Australia, USA, Europe and Israel. In response to requests from the many mental health professionals who attended his workshops, Peter has taught the principles and practices for a Non-Dual psychotherapy. He also offers individual counselling sessions to clients in many countries. Peter’s books include “Radiant Mind – Awakening The Unconditioned Awareness” (Sounds True, 2007) “The Ontology of the Middle Way” (Kluwer, 1990) “Reasoning into Reality” (Wisdom Publications, 1994) “Essential Wisdom Teachings” (with Penny Fenner, Nicolas-Hays, 2001) and “The Edge of Certainty: Paradoxes on the Buddhist Path” (Nicolas-Hays, 2002). “Sacred Mirror: Non-Dual Wisdom and Psychotherapy” (Editor, Omega Books, 2003). His psychological essays have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Contemplative Psychotherapy, Revision, Journal of the International Association for Spiritual Psychiatry, Psychologia (Tokyo).

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The Rope And The Snake: A Metaphorical Exploration of Advaita Vedanta ~ Arvind Sharma

One of the popular metaphors employed in the pedagogical and didactic exposition of Advaita Vedanta is that of the rope and the snake. When asked: How can this world, characterized by diversity, be accounted for if the ultimate reality as Brahman is claimed to be one and unique? The answer given is: just as a rope can be mistaken for a snake, Brahman is mistaken for the universe.

This book argues that this metaphor is a good start but only a start in explaining the doctrines of Advaita Vedanta. In what is perhaps the first sustained and extended study of its kind it explores the utility versatility and occasionally even the inapplicability of the metaphor in the traditional as well as the modern study of Advaita.

Arvind Sharma is currently the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at Mac Gill University, Montreal Canada. He has also taught in Australia at Brisbane and Sydney and in the USA at Boston and Philadelphia.

A leading historian of religion, he has also been acclaimed as one of the most significant Hindu thinkers since Radhakrishnan. His recent works include: A Hindu Perspective on the Philosophy of Religion (1991); The Experiential Dimension of Advaita Vedanta (1993) and the Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta: A Comparative Study of Religion and Reason (1995).

CONTENTS
Preface 9
1 Prolegomena: the Rope-Snake Metaphor in Mahayana Buddhism 13
2 The Rope-Snake Metaphor in Early Advaita 21
3 The Rope-Snake Metaphor in the Interface between Mimamsa and Advaita Vedanta 30
4 The Rope-Snake Metaphor in the Vivekacudamani and Beyond 34
5 The Rope-Snake Metaphor and Theories of Causation 40
6 The Rope-Snake Metaphor in Advaita Vedanta 46
7 P. T. Raju’s use of the Rope- Snake Metaphor 58
8 The Rope-Snake Metaphor and the theories of Error 63
9 The Rope-Snake Metaphor and the Doctrine of Maya 75
10 The Rope-snake Metaphor in the Advaita-Bodha-Dipika 84
11 The Rope-Snake in the teaching of Ramana Maharsi 89
12 Some Metaphysical Issues and their Mataphorical Clarification 94
13 The serpent and the Rope in the Modern World 104
14 The Limits of Metaphorical Exploration 109
Conclusion 123

Vadiraja’s Refutation of Sankara’s Non-Dualism: Clearing the Way for Theism

In this volume L. Stafford Betty translates the provides commentary on a work by the sixteenth-century Hindu philosopher-theologian and poet Vadiraja. Vadiraja was a follower of Madhava, the originator of the system known as Dvaita (Dualist) Vedanta, which teaches that God is the Supreme Person and is different from His creation. Madhva’s system clashes head-on with the redoubtable Sankara’s Advaita (Non-dualist) Vedanta, which teaches that God is impersonal and is ultimately identical with all that is. As is today the case, in Vadiraja’s day also Sankara’s Non-dualism was regarded by the majority of India’s intellectual elite as her finest and purest presentation of the Eternal Truth enshrined in the Vedas.

In this work Vadiraja passionately contest Non-dualism’s supposed supremacy and fidelity to Scripture. Combining deft analogy, often charming metaphor, and a ruthless method of reduction ad absurdum, he cuts and swipes until the imposing Goliath of Non-dualism has been, to his mind, destroyed.

Professor Betty has provided a concise, fairly literally translation of the text, which is written in the extremely compact style characteristic of Dualist polemics. His extensive commentary, most of it original, is perhaps the clearest guide to the tortuous intricacies of Dualist-Non-dualist dialectic in any Western language.

About the Author:
L. Stafford Betty is a professor of Religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield. He has published articles on various aspects of Eastern Philosophy in Religious Studies (Cambridge University), International Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy East and West, and the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

Contents:

Foreword By Dr. B.N.K. Sharma

Introduction

Notes on the Translation

Section
I. Invocation
II. Vishnu’s Supremacy
III. Refutation of the Non-Dualist Interpretation of Scripture
IV. Refutation of the Non-Dualist “Vyavaharika-Doctrine”
V. Proof of God’s Difference from Souls from an Analysis of the Epic and Puranic Tradition
VI. Refutation of Non-Dualist Epistemology
VII. Further Refutations of the Doctrine That Objects we see are Illusion
VIII. Demonstration of the Impossibility of Valid Sense-Knowledge without a Subject-Object-Relation
IX. Final Considerations showing the Inexplicability of Knowledge through Superimposition
X. The Truth of Vishnu’s Supremacy and the Falsity of the Doctrine declaring His Supremacy “Merely Conventional”
XI. A Dilemma for Non-Dualism: Either Brahman Itself or mere Matter suffers Karmic Debts
XII. Refutation of the Reflection-Analogy used by Non-Dualists to show Brahman’s Identity with the Soul
XIII. Hymn to Difference
XIV. Proof of Difference through a Consideration of God’s Objectivity and the Soul’s Subjectivity – Refutation of the Non-Dualist Version of Brahman’s “Self-Luminosity”
XV. Refutation of Illusionism
XVI. The Importance of Sense-Experience in arriving at the Truth of Difference and the Falsity of Identity
XVII. Some Additional Consideration Negating Identity
XVIII. Conclusion
Who Is The Victor? An Estimate
Appendix –
Sanskrit Text of Nyayaratnavali
Select Bibliography
Glossary-Index

New Moon Capricorn Vedic Astrology ~ Sam Geppi

Published on Jan 28, 2014

The New Moon is in Capricorn, which is the feminine nature of Saturn, the planet of limits and endings and death. Facing the hardships of life make us mature, or keeps us stuck in immaturity.

The New Moon is in Shravana, which means “hearing”. It gives the power to hear the truth behind the words that are spoken. It is ruled by Lord Vishnu, the pervader of the Cosmos – where we manifest based on our ability to adjust.

This New Moon is hemmed between Mercury and Venus bringing a lot of ease to this cycle.

Awakening The Universal Heart ~ Serge Beddington-Behrens

‘I invite you to come on a journey with me into one of the most important, yet often most neglected dimension of yourself, namely your heart. I want to help you discover, as I have slowly been discovering, that our hearts not only hold the key to our being able to live a fuller and more meaningful life, but also to our being able to play a part in helping heal our planet.’ The change needed is a shift out of our primarily head-focus into becoming increasingly heart-centred, where we are connected to our hearts and are potentially capable of moving mountains. We are only going to be good activists if we have plenty of heart in our lives – if we are big hearted with a well-activated Heart. A culture of Heart is vital if we are to heal the many wounds and splits that exist between different classes, religions, tribes and nations. The book has been written from a place of great hope and joy, based on knowledge that our world is changing and that the planetary heart is at last awakening.

Serge Beddington-Behrens, M. A. (Oxon), Ph.D is a transpersonal psychotherapist, a couples therapist, a holistic life coach and a spiritual educator. He lectures and teaches at seminars, workshops and retreats worldwide. He lives most of the year in Majorca, frequently traveling to carry out his work.

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Awakening the universal heart & spiritual activism – Serge Beddington Behrens

Serge Beddington-Behrens Book Launch

Serge Beddington-Behrens introduces his new book Awakening the Universal Heart – a guide for spiritual-activists at the Hotel Russell, London.

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