What is Ignorance?

A question from a reader: Eric, I have a question for you… if you have time. The question is, within nonduality, how would you BEST describe the concept of IGNORANCE. Thanks…. Hope all is well   The first inquiry is: why ask about ignorance in the first place?  As a practical matter, the topic comes…

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Will The Real Guru Please Stand Up

It is fascinating, and potentially educational and revealing, to look at the pattern of criticisms and complaints about spiritual teachers – for example, things people say to me, such as about a teacher we both visited or listened to, or posts on Facebook groups dedicated to criticising or exposing high-profile non-duality teachers. There are clear…

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Women and Self Realization

  Of course spirituality and especially non-duality have no gender: they are universal. There is no “women’s nonduality” or “men’s nonduality” or “female nonduality” and “male nonduality”. That would be absurd. And, since spirituality has at it’s core the revelations or insights of nonduality, then any gendered spirituality would be specious: superficially plausible, but ultimately…

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Non-Duality and Suffering V. 1

This is an earlier revision of the post on non-duality and suffering. After a reader talked about being depressed, and reacted to the article, I re-wrote it to seem less harsh. However, I’m re-posting it because I think it’s worthy, or at least interesting enough, to preserve. It’s more direct, for better or worse.  …

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A Meaningful Meaninglessness

I have a question. It’s kind of personal but kind of not. OK, shoot. I’m feeling the GP. The what? The GP. The “General Pointlessness”. Ah. (Laughs) I like that. The GP… It’s not good. It feels, like, kind of empty. A bit heavy. Not exactly a depression, but like “what am I even doing…

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On Beyond Pantheism

Pantheism is a mistake. Here’s a definition – one is as good as another: it’s the idea behind it that counts. And for “divinity or a supreme entity” or “God” you can substitute “consciousness” or universal consciousness, or awareness, or universal intelligence, and so forth, as those terms are used in Advaita, non-duality, spiritual wisdom traditions…

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An Inquiry Into Feelings

I’m adopting a garden. A labyrinth. What do you mean adopted? Good question. I volunteered to be the one to take care of this section of the botanical garden. I can pretend to be like a little old Zen monk, toiling away, weeding the Zen garden, day after day, ignored by the world, listening to…

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On Having Never Left: Being Awake to Being Awake

A reader asks: … there is no way for us to presume that freedom from self deception or waking up however we wish to phrase it, has any similarity for different instances of consciousness. The only similarity we can vouch for is its ineffability… The various words used to express the inexpressible often seem to have…

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To Be Human is to Be Frustrated

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Readers were asking why all the articles disappeared… It’s too much “responsibility” for lack of a better word… besides, I never intended to start a blog, but that’s what people called it. It was merely a writing experiment (such as for maybe a book project down the road) to test things out, and to share…

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