Studying Non-Duality

Advaita Sundays

Non-Duality

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Non-Dual Philosophy is a practical teaching, of benefit to any who are willing to apply themselves to its main tenets. Though it dates back many centuries it has as much application to modern life as to any time in history. It is a teaching for all times and for all places.

The philosophy was revitalised by Adi Shankara, who lived in the eighth century. He set up four seats of learning in the North, South, East and West of India and appointed leaders in each named, after him, so in effect there was a 'Shankaracharya' for each region. Dr Francis Roles, founder of the Study Society and other members of the Society, visited the then Shankaracharya of the North of India, Shantand Saraswati, for a period of over 30 years from the 1960’s, to the early 1990’s. The audiences and communications with and record of the conversations which took place are known as The Record. Now available to all. This Record, along with other sources, is the basis of the meditation teaching available in the Society.

Non-Duality Workshops

Non-Duality Workshops, also referred to as Advaita Sundays, take place on the first and third Sunday mornings of the month at Colet House. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and insights of the non-dual philosophy, calling on teaching from whichever source is found to be of value. Sometimes a topic is selected to focus discussion but no extensive theory is offered leaving attendees to speak from their own awareness at the time. The emphasis is for the simple principles to be restated and appreciated in the company of like-minded people. Many who have shared these principles find they have universal application. It is not a question of getting somewhere but realizing who we already are; it is not a state of mind but a transcending of mind.

Non Members of the Society are welcome to attend the meetings which are found to be of particular help to those who have spent some time investigating the non-dual concepts previously and wish to test their understanding with others. Participants often find that the discussions give them greater meaning within their lives and inclusivity in society.

Meetings run from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 or 12.45 followed by a shared lunch for those wishing to continue the discussion informally.

Admission is free but donations are welcome.

There is a new opportunity every month to explore the very heart of the universal non-dual or advaita teachings that are the bedrock of the Society. The first new Wednesday group will take place on October 25 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in the Dr's Room at Colet. Further meetings will be held on November 29 and December 13. The meetings will be taken by Philip Marvin and specific subject areas for potential future exploration can be requested. The whole resource of the Society's Record of conversations with Sri Shantanand Saraswati, the SES and SOM records and other key teachings in the advaita tradition including those pertaining to mystical Christianity, Sufism, Buddhism etc will be drawn on as appropriate. All friends, aquaintances etc are always most welcome to attend with unfamiliar terms/ideas explained as appropriate. Each group commences with 15 minutes meditation or quiet time.

Groups

Groups meet regularly during the term where specially prepared papers based on the non-dual teaching are given. Attendees find that great strength and inspiration is gained by regular attendance but the groups are open for new comers to attend. There is a helpful sharing of insights and experiences during discussion periods. Groups, which are usually preceded by meditation, are available as follows:

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