From the Calm Center: How Awareness of our own Mortality can Awaken us


Streamed live on Aug 30, 2015

With the aid of some pieces from The Calm Center, we’ll be looking at how important it is to be aware of the reality of death, and how this awareness make us more present-centered, and free us from our psychological attachments. Through being mindful of death, we can become more mindful of life.

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What Can Physics Tell Us About Consciousness? Peter Russell and Chris Fields in a conversation


Published on Sep 10, 2015

http://scienceandnonduality.com/

Peter Russell discusses with Chris Fields the role of observation in quantum entangled systems and how observation connects to consciousness, drawing from physics, philosophy, logic and mathematics, making abstract concepts approachable.

From the deep pools of Eastern wisdom, to the fast-paced rapids Weaving his unique blend of scientific rationale, global vision, and intuitive wisdom, Peter Russell brings a sharp, critical mind to the challenge of self-awakening. The next great frontier of human exploration, he shows, is not outer space, but inner space—the development of the human mind. He has degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science from the University of Cambridge in England, and has written ten books in this area, including The Global Brain Awakens, Waking Up in Time, and most recently, From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness. http://www.peterrussell.com/index2.php

Chris Fields is an interdisciplinary information scientist interested in both the physics and the cognitive neuroscience underlying the human perception of objects as spatially and temporally bounded entities. His current research focuses on deriving quantum theory from classical information theory; he also works on cell-cell communication and cellular information processing, the role of the “unconscious mind” in creative problem solving, and early childhood development, particularly the etiology of autism-spectrum conditions. He and his wife, author and yoga teacher Alison Tinsley, recently published Meditation: If You’re Doing It, You’re Doing It Right, in which they explore the experience of meditation with meditators from many walks of life. http://chrisfieldsresearch.com#sthash…

Not I, Not other than I: The Life And Teachings Of Russel Williams by Russel Williams (Author), Steve Taylor (Editor) [updated Sept 11, 2015]

Russel Williams is one of the most remarkable enlightened spiritual teachers of our time. After an early life of extreme hardship—leaving school at the age of 11, and becoming an orphan shortly afterwards—he underwent a spiritual awakening at the age of 29.

Since the late 1950s, he has been a spiritual teacher, and is still actively teaching now, at the age of 94. Previously, Russel has avoided publicity and never published any writings or transcripts of his talks, preferring to work quietly with small groups. This is the first time any details of his teachings or of his life have appeared in print.

This book is partly a record of his teachings, and partly also the story of his extraordinary life. Working with well-known spiritual author Steve Taylor—who has attended Russel’s meetings regularly since the 1990s—Russel has created a profound text which will surely become known as a classic of spiritual literature.

Russel Williams
was born in London in 1921. He now lives in lives in Atherton, near Manchester, UK, with his wife Joyce. Since 1974, he has been the president of The Buddhist Society of Manchester. This is his first book. Steve Taylor PhD is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of several best-selling books including Waking From Sleep and Back to Sanity, and a book of spiritual poems The Meaning. http://www.stevenmtaylor.co.uk

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Not I, Not other than I: Russel Williams

Published on Aug 29, 2015

Georgi & Bart join spiritual author and teacher Steve Taylor (http://www.stevenmtaylor.com/about-st…) in a conversation with Russel Williams in Manchester, 2015. Here Russel gives a simple exercise to use right now, to bring heaven to earth.

[About Russel Williams, from the introduction to Not I, Not Other than I]

Russel Williams is a simple man. On the surface, you would think of him as a fairly typical man of his generation, although perhaps one who looks unusually young and sprightly for his 93 years. If you visited him at home with his wife Joyce, you wouldn’t find anything unusual there either. Again, it would strike you as a fairly typical house for a couple of their senior years.

Russel is not educated – he left school at the age of 11 (in 1932) and has had no formal education since. He’s not an intellectual; he hasn’t read a great many books, and in his teachings he only rarely refers to texts or other sources. Although he has been the president of the Buddhist Society of Manchester since 1974, and sometimes uses Buddhist terms or talks about the Buddha as an individual, he doesn’t consider himself a Buddhist. He certainly doesn’t ‘teach’ Buddhism in any formal sense.

As a result, Russel’s spiritual teachings are very ‘naked’ and pure – that is, they are very free of theories, concepts and categories. This gives his teachings a rare clarity and power. There is no system. There are no rituals or rules to follow, and no ideas to take on board. You don’t have to believe anything. You don’t have to accept anything. You don’t have to become anything. All you have to do is be.

Russel often says that he’s not interested in convincing people of anything. He encourages people to play with his teachings, to question them, to find out for themselves whether they are true. He doesn’t think of himself as a guru, and has no desire to accumulate followers or disciples. Everything he teaches stems very directly from a particular state of being, one which he experiences as his constant reality, and which he has done for almost 65 years. There are many different terms for this state: stillness, pure consciousness, emptiness of being, the essence of our being, our true nature…

(Extract from the introduction to the book by Russel Williams “Not I, Not Other than I”, by Steve Taylor.)

There is no World Outside Consciousness ~ Rupert Spira


Published on Sep 11, 2015

A discussion about the intersubjective agreement.

Is There Life After Death? Thich Nhat Hanh Answers Age-Old Question

Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is continuing to receive treatment at a medical center in San Francisco he was flown to in July after experiencing a severe brain hemorrhage last year.

The renowned spiritual leader and founder of meditation center Plum Village is reportedly unable to speak as a result of the stroke but is able to walk, according to his spiritual community. The community launched a tour this week to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Hanh’s first book, The Miracle of Mindfulness.

Several months after the 88-year-old’s stroke, his community posted a video online in which Hanh addresses an age-old question: Is there life after death? In the video, the Buddhist teacher argues that when individuals realize that birth and death are part of a continual cycle of life, they will be liberated from the fear of dying.

“Where there is life, there is death. And where there is death, there is life,” Hanh said, explaining how the body is constantly “dying” and being “reborn” through the regeneration of cells.

“When we know that birth and death are together always, we are no longer afraid of dying,” he continued. “What you call birth and death are only transformation.”

Watch the video above for his full answer.

Source: The Huffington Post

Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life ~ Tara Brach


Published on Sep 10, 2015
Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life (08/26/2015)

When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with raw feelings. The result is a trance – we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how this dissociation shows up in our lives and a powerful way that mindfulness enables us to integrate cut-off parts of our being.

Guy Finley: 1.The Leading Indicator of All Incomplete Actions in Life 2. Three Words and One Action That Guarantees Spiritual Freedom 3.Transcending Any Physical Pain or Problem


Guy Finley explains that revisiting the past and either judging or explaining your actions to yourself is a futile attempt to reconcile an event that didn’t completely fulfill its intended purpose.

3 Words and One Action That Guarantees Spiritual Freedom

Guy Finley explains that a real spiritual aspirant is someone who works to “Make It Real” because they’ve seen the futility of deflecting life through pretense and imagination

Transcending Any Physical Pain or Problem

Guy Finley explains that you can never be free of anything you resist. In order to transcend any pain or problem, you must meet it completely, as you are, and accept what life is trying to give you so that you can grow into a new order of yourself. http://www.guyfinley.org/kit

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