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Science and Nonduality (SAND)

An annual conference series in California that can be viewed on their YouTube channel.


Perception & Reality
A talk given by A.H. Almaas

( 2013 | 01:11:21 )

Does perception in nondual or other kinds of spiritual realization reveal what reality actually is? Many teachings emphasize that enlightenment is seeing how things actually are. However, the vision of reality given by the various teachings vary in significant ways. Does this mean one of them is the right one or are all correct? What are the implications about reality in either case? I will present a vision of perception in spiritual realization that parallels the view in quantum theory of the relation between the observer and reality. Since in spiritual realization reality is more fundamental than the observer, actually manifesting the observer, the vision brings in the subtleties of realization and why there are many kinds. Reality becomes a much more mysterious truth than the view of any kind of realization, which requires encompassing the various views of enlightenment.

 


The Illusive Self
Excerpt from a talk given by A.H. Almaas

( 2012 | 12:01 )

Self can refer to our spiritual true nature as when we speak of true self, or mostly it refers to the ego self that functions as the primary impediment to spiritual realization. I will discuss how enlightenment can be seen as self realization or selfless realization. However, I will focus on the obstacle of the self, its physical/psychological/spiritual nature, the illusiveness of this nature, and the question of whether it is our creation or a natural expression of reality. What does freedom from self means?

 


On science and nonduality (Part 1)
Excerpt from a talk given by A.H. Almaas

( 2010 | 07:25 )

First part of an excerpt from the 2010 conference talk offered by A.H. Almaas