Sunyata: The Life and Sayings of a Rare-Born Mystic by Sunyata (Author), Betty Layena Camhi (Author, Editor), Elliott Isenberg (Author)

When Emmanuel Sorensen visited Ramana Maharshi in southern India, he was recognized by this sage as “one of the rare-born mystics.” It was during Emmanuel’s third visit to Ramana in 1940 that while he was just sitting quietly in meditation, he awared an effulgence especially radiated and directed upon his form.

Suddenly out of the Silence came a telepathic message from Ramana in the form of these five English words: We Are Always Aware Sunyata. Emmanuel took Ramana’s five words as recognition, initiation, mantra, and name. Thereafter, he referred to both himself and the hut in which he lived as Sunyata – which he translated as “full solid emptiness.”

I am not interested in what men can say with words – I am interested only in what they can say with their Silence. You must realize that men who talk very well, and who utter beautiful speeches, usually have a very bad Silence. What is really important is Silence, for it is a preparation for the Great Silence. Step by step as thou goeth, the Way shall open up to thee- thou art the Tao.

Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen, also known as Sunyata, Shunya, or Sunyabhai, was a Danish mystic, horticulturalist and writer who lived in Europe, India and the US. Wikipedia
Born: October 27, 1890, Denmark
Died: July 13, 1984, Fairfax, California, United States

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Perceptual Integration: The Mechanics of Awakening by Gary Sherman [ Updated Aug 23, 2015]

An amazing journey of self-awareness that will transform your life and infuse it with wonder, joy and meaning!

In The Mechanics of Awakening Gary Sherman takes us on a journey beyond ordinary perception to the field of energy and awareness beyond the mind and body, a place within each of us where we discover the essence of ourselves and learn about our self from ourselves so that we can consciously create the life we wish to experience.

With a clarity that is rare, the author distills three primary skills we can use to open the self and its mechanics to self-observation and expanded self-awareness. He provides playful, simple yet profound practices for learning how to utilize these skills within our daily life so that we gain access to our inner life, our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and intuitive promptings, as well as entrance into the larger states of consciousness that support our being.

Gary Sherman has been a psychotherapist and teacher of meditation and self-awareness for over thirty-five years. He began his professional career with a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California. He co-founded the Humanistic Psychological Center, a private counseling center in Los Angeles, California that provided psychological services to the general public. Recognizing a greater dimension to human consciousness than his western training provided, Gary began a life-long study of meditation and spiritual practice. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, Gary intensified his study of meditation with a small group of researchers, who shared his interest in the exploration of expanded consciousness, inner states, and their usefulness in understanding and transforming the quality of one’s life. Throughout his 30-year private practice, Gary provided education and psychological counseling to individuals, families and couples with a broad range of behavioral, emotional, existential, marriage and work related issues. In 2003 he co-founded the Creative Awareness Project in Palo Alto, California.

While sitting in meditation one morning with his wife, Ellen Miller, Gary found himself in an expanded and rarified state of consciousness. While in this state, he felt the impulse to speak. Surrendering to the impulse, he began to speak and deliver a body of experiential knowledge intended to create in its practitioner a perceptual integration, a shift to a new level of consciousness. From this body of knowledge, Gary has designed and delivered classes, workshops and programs teaching self-awareness, expanded perception and inner growth.

Currently, Gary is an educator and teacher, who is committed to exploring our deepest human potential and translating the results into practical knowledge that can be used to elevate our lives. His present work embodies the educational process, called Perceptual Integration that he developed for training others in becoming self-aware.

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A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva translated by Vesna A. Wallace, B. Alan Wallace

In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since. Santideva presents methods to harmonize one’s life with the Bodhisattva ideal and inspires the reader to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, patience, zeal, meditative concentration, and wisdom.


Biography
B. Alan Wallace began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism, language, and culture in 1970 at the University of Göttingen and then continued his studies over the next fourteen years in India, Switzerland, and the United States. After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in religious studies at Stanford University. He then taught for four years in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is now the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (http://sbinstitute.com). He is also Chairman of the Thanypura Mind Centre (http://piamc.com) in Thailand, where he leads meditation retreats. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and Buddhism, including Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic: A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice, Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity, and Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness.

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An interview with B. Alan Wallace (Norway)

In this interview B. Alan Wallace speaks about Buddhism in the West.

This video is from part of an 2012 interview with B. Alan Wallace. The interview took place in June 2012. At the Karma Shedrup Ling retreat center (part of Karma Tashi Ling) in Oslo, Norway.

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