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The Art of Solitude: A Book Talk with Stephen Batchelor

Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned his attention to solitude, a practice integral to the meditative traditions he has long studied and taught. He aimed to venture more deeply into solitude, discovering its full extent and depth. Batchelor’s new book, The Art of Solitude, documents his multifaceted explorations.
Please Note: This event takes place at the New York Open Center. It is co-sponsored by the Garrison Institute.

“Everything that is known or experienced is known by the mind, in the mind, through the mind. Therefore, in order to know the nature of anything that is known or experienced, it is first necessary to know the nature of the mind. Therefore, there can be no higher knowledge nor any greater endeavor upon which the mind can embark, than to know its own essential nature.” – Rupert Spira

Join renowned spiritual teacher Rupert Spira as we explore the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great spiritual traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Buddhism, mystical Christianity, Zen and Sufism, and which is also the ever-present reality of our own experience. This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving guided meditation and dialogue, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience, and in the longing for love, peace and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

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Rupert Spira
From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learnt to meditate, and began studying and practicing the teachings of the classical Advaita Vedanta tradition under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India, which he continued for the next for twenty years. During this time he immersed himself in the teachings of P.D. Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1997. Francis introduced Rupert to the Direct Path teachings of Atmananda Krishnamenon; Jean Klein and the tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism; and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience. Rupert has written six books which are all profound explorations of the non-dual nature of experience. Rupert lives in the UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and the USA.
10/12/2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
New York Open Center 22 E 30th Street New York City 10016
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