Beyond Fixing and Healing – Amoda Maa


Published on Dec 1, 2015

Amoda talks about going beyond any ideas of fixing the personality and how this idea arises from the dualistic perspective of egoic self, and then she talks about the true meaning of healing. Recorded at the Open Circle in Berkeley, November 2015.

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What Am I? A Study in Non-Volitional Living by Galen Sharp (Author)

Are you ready for an intriguing adventure into some new and virtually unexplored territory? As you can see from the title, this is a different kind of book about some very different ideas. It explores a variety of subjects such as science, philosophy, quantum physics and even some of the ancient masters in quest of a higher way of knowing the world and ourselves. And through the eleven Reality Meditations you will be able to examine your own mental mechanisms and find out how they really work, examine who and what you really are, and discover why you are here.

If you are a bit of a non-conformist this book may appeal to that. And if you like paradoxes and mysteries it will fascinate you also. In any case you will need a sense of wonder as well as a sense of adventure. For the point is not just to be different or mysterious, but to actually open our perception to a higher dimension. This is not just a figure of speech or merely a new metaphor for something conventional, but an actual realm existing at this moment along with the world we now observe. This New Reality is, of course, not new in itself. It has been spoken of and sought for thousands of years. It is, however new to most people.

Galen Sharp is a sculptor and author. In the 1970’s he began a correspondence with the brilliant and enigmatic non-duality sage Terrence Stannus Gray, who wrote under the name Wei Wu Wei, that was to last several years. His teaching was to completely transform Galen’s worldview and life. This book is the fruit of Wei Wu Wei’s influence on a young seeker after truth. http://www.galensharp.com

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Galen Sharp – November 29, 2015

Published on Dec 2, 2015

Galen Sharp is the author of Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible, which is the main topic of this conversation. Galen’s intimacy with nonduality began in the 1960s with friends Wei Wu Wei, Douglas Harding, and Paul Reps. He is a seasoned self-realizer; the real deal’s real deal.

Tracks:

00:00 – 05:05 Introduction to Galen Sharp and his new book Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible: http://www.galensharp. Accessing nonduality when Galen started his journey in the 60s. Friendships with Wei Wu Wei, Douglas Harding, Paul Reps. Reps communicating the spirit of nonduality.

05:05 – 07:40 Pursuing nonduality in the midst of a heavy New Age culture of the 60s.

07:40 – 17:45 Galen’s journey through Christianity to nondual understanding. Alan Watts. Wei Wu Wei’s communication of the original, difficult Eastern teachings. There are things in Wei Wu Wei’s writings Galen still doesn’t understand. Wei Wu Wei’s sense of humor. Dharma battle with Paul Reps. Mountain Path mentioned: http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/reso……untain-path/

17:45 – 24:00 Talking about Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible. Wei Wu Wei helped Galen see religion beyond conditioned views. Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible is personal since it is Galen’s journey and he quotes scriptures he struggled with and how they resolved through the nondual view. The book is totally based on scripture.

24:00 – 28:42 “If volition really worked we’d all have perfect lives, wouldn’t we?” Galen’s book is personal not only because it tells his story but because it is assumed that the average person can come to the nondual understanding of Christianity, and toward that end Galen gives several powerful exercises. The teachings in this book are useful even if a person isn’t that interested in Christianity.

28:42 – 33:34 The exercise entitled The Great Imposter is inspired by Nisargadatta’s saying, “Anything perceived cannot be me or mine.” This and the other exercises point to what nondual Christianity is based in, which is a new perspective.

33:34 – 40:03 If God is here and now he could be known here and now. The now is the doorway to the Kingdom of God. We get too serious about religion and beliefs. Humor of Sam Kinison who attended bible school: http://www.samkinison.org/, http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22sam+ki…es_sm=1­19&ie=UTF-8

40:03 – 46:07 When you see the nondual view of Christianity it is difficult to communicate Christianity with people who are more fundamentalist. We are far from the original understanding of Christianity, which shouldn’t be surprising. If you come from nonduality you can easily see Biblical scriptures more clearly and openly. Sermon on the Mount as a pointing to non-volitional living, that is to say you are neither doing nor not doing.

46:07 – 51:36 The chapter on Adam and Eve is a favorite of many readers. The heart of the book is revealed in this chapter: The sense of I Am. Galen doesn’t get into the theological ways of seeing the I Am, including the Trinity, yet the book isn’t about that perspective, it is more bottom line.

51:36 – 57:20 The sense of I Am elaborated upon. Simplicity of I Am. Religion is about doing; the sense of I Am is about being. Conversation about the power of the exercises in the book.

57:20 – 1:01:48 Post-interview conversation on religion and politics, the simplicity of the sense of I am, the potential of Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible for transformation.

Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible, by Galen Sharp:

An Interview with Robert Thurman by Rick Archer (BATGAP) and Dana Saywer


Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific treatises from the Tibetan Tengyur.

Time chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.” The New York Times recently said Thurman “is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.”

Thurman is known as a talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings. He is a riveting speaker and an author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture.

Recorded 10/25/2015 at the Science and Nonduality Conference

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