Mukti, Francis Bennett, Loch Kelly: “Emptiness is also Form” (Discussion at the SAND Conference)


Published on Feb 16, 2017

Loch, Mukti and Francis discuss the paradoxical understanding reflected in the famous Heart Sutra’s saying, “Form is emptiness and emptiness is form. Form is none other than emptiness and emptiness is none other than form.” They have noticed that many people get caught half-way after an initial awakening in a kind of spiritual bypass: stuck in stillness, spaced-out, blissed-in or attached to the conceptual belief that “I am nobody.” What are the pointers and supports to realize the already manifest life arising out of the unmanifest awareness? They give examples of the fullness of waking-up from a limited sense of self to pure awareness, then also waking-in to our bodies and waking-out to relating and creating in the world. Loch, Mukti and Francis discuss the importance the dancing emptiness of embodiment and how to live from open-hearted awareness.

Mukti, whose name means “liberation”, is a teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, her husband. Together they founded Open Gate Sangha in 1996 to cultivate the awakening of consciousness in those who yearn for truth, peace, and freedom. In teaching, Mukti brings flavors of feminine quietude and nurturing as well as kinesthetic, visual, and precise pointers to Truth. Many speak of her being particularly gifted in her offering of guided meditations. Her keen interest as a teacher is in revelation of consciousness touching and transforming human experience. She is licensed in acupuncture and certified in yoga instruction. For sample teachings, audio clips and downloads, and further information, visit http://muktisource.org.

Francis Bennett entered the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemane in 1981 and in the 90’s subsequently lived at a “daughter house” of Gethsemane in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Until recently, he was living in a small urban monastery in Montreal Quebec. He has been a “spiritual seeker” during all those years, practicing in the Christian mystical/contemplative Tradition and working deeply with teachers in both the Vipassana and Zen Traditions as well. In 2010 he experienced a profound perceptual “shift” in which he realized the ever-present presence of pure Awareness, which some would call, the Presence of God.

You may contact Francis by email, Skype (francisdale3), his Facebook page, or through his website: http://findinggraceatthecenter.com/. Francis’ book: “I Am That I Am: Discovering the Love, Peace, Joy and Stability of the True Self“.

Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is the author of, Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness. He is an educator, licensed psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of nondual meditation who was asked to teach Sutra Mahamudra by Mingyur Rinpoche and nondual meditation by Adyashanti. Loch has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11. He is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and well-being.

Recorded 10/21/2016 at the Science and Nonduality Conference.

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The Self in Full Bloom: Teachings and Practices for Embodied Awakening Written by: Mukti Narrated by: Mukti

Be yourself. Simple advice – or is it? What does it mean to be oneself fully? How do we discover and live the truth of who we are in our essence?

On The Self in Full Bloom, Mukti presents six sessions of deep inquiry and guided meditation intended to support embodied awakening – or the pure expression of both our human and our divine natures. The process of awakening involves dynamic and receptive energetics that color our experience from moment to moment.

Through more than seven hours of teaching, Mukti eloquently describes the dance of these masculine and feminine qualities, illuminates the subtle challenges and gifts inherent in each, and points us to their ultimate union in our own unique expression of the wholeness that is already here. “There is an aspect of you that is not at odds with itself,” teaches Mukti. “That part of your nature that expresses harmoniously all the facets of what you are.” The Self in Full Bloom will help you firmly root yourself in the ground of Being while you flower fearlessly in alignment with the whole of life. Introduction by Adyashanti.

Mukti is an associate teacher at Open Gate Sangha, which she cofounded with her husband Adyashanti in 1996. She is licensed in acupuncture and certified to teach hatha yoga. In her own teaching, Mukti brings flavors of feminine quietude and nurturing as well as kinesthetic, visual, and precise pointers to truth. Visit adyashanti.org for more.

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Mukti, whose name means “liberation”, is a teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, her husband. Together they founded Open Gate Sangha in 1996 to cultivate the awakening of consciousness in those who yearn for truth, peace, and freedom. In teaching, Mukti brings flavors of feminine quietude and nurturing as well as kinesthetic, visual, and precise pointers to Truth. Many speak of her being particularly gifted in her offering of guided meditations. Her keen interest as a teacher is in revelation of consciousness touching and transforming human experience. She is licensed in acupuncture and certified in yoga instruction. For sample teachings, audio clips and downloads, and further information, visit muktisource.org.

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