Non-duality, Part 1

Asked by a listener to provide an every day, “layman’s” guide to understanding non-duality – a challenge! This is part 1, and it focuses almost entirely on understanding the role of awareness. Part 2 (planned for next week) will talk about the more abstract facets of non-duality, all of which come from the recognition of awareness.

This is a non-scholarly attempt to explain non-duality from the inside out.

The wikipedia entry for non-duality starts with this (as of January 2021):

“In spirituality, nondualism, also called non-duality, means “not two” or “one undivided without a second”.[1][2] Nondualism primarily refers to a mature state of consciousness, in which the dichotomy of I-other is “transcended”, and awareness is described as “centerless” and “without dichotomies”. Although this state of consciousness may seem to appear spontaneous,[note 1] it usually follows prolonged preparation through ascetic or meditative/contemplative practice, which may include ethical injunctions. While the term “nondualism” is derived from Advaita Vedanta, descriptions of nondual consciousness can be found within Hinduism (Turiya, sahaja), Buddhism (emptiness, pariniṣpanna, nature of mind, rigpa), Sufism (Wahdat al Wujud, Fanaa, and Haqiqah) and western Christian and neo-Platonic traditions (henosis, mystical union).”

There is much more to non-duality than this scholarly definition implies, and it starts with understanding the role of awareness. These two shows (Part 1 this week, Part 2 next week) are an attempt to provide an understanding of non-duality from an everyday perspective.

Hear the show replay at this link: