Non-Dual Philosophy is a practical teaching, of benefit to any who are willing to apply themselves to its main tenets and allow them to work in their lives. 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 restated 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 called, after him, Shankaracharya. 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 over30 years from the 1960’s, to the early 1990’s, and the record of the conversations which took place are now available to all. This record, along with other sources, is the basis of teaching available in the Society.
Non Members of the Society are especially 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.
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:
The Study Society is informed by the teaching of Shantanand Saraswati, one time Shankaracharya of the north of India in the Shankara tradition, but also draws on modern expressions of non-duality. Those who take part in these workshops often find that the discussions give them greater meaning within their lives and inclusivity in society.