This group holds monthly meetings for satsang, study, and meditation to realize our true unborn nature--the present moment.
Nondual (not two) teachings point beyond form and the formless to the infinite and absolute. Dialogue in satsang is congruent with direct non-dual precepts of Advaita Vedanta, Taoism, Gnosticism, and Zen/Dzogchen Buddhism.
Some contemporary non-dual teachers are: Adyashanti, Atmananda Krishna Menon, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, Gangaji, Jean Klein, Krishnamurti, Mooji, Neelam, Nisargadatta, Papaji, Ramana Maharshi, Ramesh Balsekar, and Robert Adams.
Events occur mostly in Sacramento, Nevada, Placer, and Yolo Counties. This group also announces satsang of non-dual teachers that visit the greater Sacramento area. Satsang is an Indian Sanskrit word meaning coming together in truth. In satsang we meditate, sit in presence, and listen to a Dharma talk.
If you are new to non-dualism, please attend Mindfuless Training with Chad Johnson which resumes in March 2015. In this class, you learn experiential exercises that reveal the nature of thought, mind, and ego and provide a glimpse into presence.
For those who have attended satsangs of other teachers, or have watched you-tube videos of contemporary teachers described above, please consider attending monthly satsangs with Prajna--or Chad when he returns in March. Free on-line satsangs are also posted to the calendar so that you can participate in regular satsang.
"To understand suffering, you must go beyond pain and pleasure. Your own desires and fears prevent you from understanding and thereby helping others. In reality there are no others, and by helping yourself you help everybody else. If you are serious about the sufferings of mankind, you must perfect the only means of help you have -- Yourself." ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj ('I Am That')
"We need to save the planet, of course. But let’s not fall into the erroneous thinking that all the solutions are out there somewhere. Because most of the problems—violence, pollution, war, terrorism—all those things have their origin in human consciousness or unconsciousness. So your primary responsibility is not doing anything outside of you; your primary responsibility is your own state of consciousness. And once that is achieved, then whatever you do and whomever you come into contact with, and even many people you don’t come into direct contact with, get affected by your state of consciousness." ~ Eckhart Tolle
"Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things. Do not be concerned with loss or gain. Love the world as your own Self; then you can truly care for all things." ~Lao Tsu
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." ~ Albert Einstein
“To put an end to outward war, you must begin to put an end to war in yourself... the world miseries and wars are not going to be stopped by your casual assent. They will be stopped only when you realize the danger, when you realize your responsibility, when you do not leave it to somebody else. If you realize the suffering, if you see the urgency of immediate action and do not postpone, then you will transform yourself; peace will come only when you yourself are peaceful, when you yourself are at peace with your neighbour.” ~ J. Krishnamurti
"The wars of the world are not ended until they are ended in you." ~ Byron Katie
"In satsang, a melting is taking place. Something has taken hold of you, dissolving all delusions from inside. At a certain point, you will find you are empty of identity. Now, you don't exist as that old picture. Only the formless Self exists - powerfully! The person is imaginary. Only the Real is and you are That. A joyful discovery!" ~ Mooji
“After we leave this gathering, as soon as you walk out the door, the next person you meet is your sangha. Then you go home, and that's your sangha. Then you go to the grocery store, and that's your sangha.” ~ Adyashanti
"You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are." ~ Eckhart Tolle
"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the 'I Am' that is deeper than name and form." ~ Eckhart Tolle
"You are not IN the Universe, you ARE the Universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the Universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle." ~ Eckhart Tolle
"How do you help this world by becoming Self-realized? When you become Self-realized, you are no longer a body. You are All Pervading Consciousness, the Absolute Reality. You are Boundless Space. You become the trees, the mountains, the rivers, the animals, the insects, the birds. You have become everything. You are the Self. The imperishable, immutable Self.
But when you can't see this, you act as an independent agent. Thinking you're going to make this a better world in which to live. Sticking up for your rights. Trying to change people's opinions. Protesting about this and about that. I admit all these things are necessary in this world, but this what maya is all about. Maya is a wonderful illusion. It makes you believe you've got to do something to change things in this world. But I can assure you, nothing will ever change. It will appear to change for a while. Things will appear slightly better at times, and they'll be slightly worse at times.
There will be cataclysms, destructions. All sorts of things happening to the world. This is the nature of this world. It has absolutely nothing to do with you. Yet at the same time you are the world. I always contradict myself, this is the teaching. It’s a total contradiction. But the ultimate reality is, let go of everything. Know yourself as Omnipresence, and you’ll be total happiness and total freedom. " ~ Robert Adams
"Don't hold onto the point that you have something to overcome, because you'll always have something to overcome if you do that. When your mind seems to resist, don't feed it any more power by thinking its resisting. Its a drawback. But simply inquire: "to whom does it resist?" And don't think about it but just inquire. Remember, do not believe that there's anything that you have to overcome for you'll spend eternity overcoming. There is nothing that exists that you have to overcome." ~ Robert Adams
"I am enlightened, and always have been, simultaneously with the beginning of the universe." ~ The Buddha, First Words After Realizing the Truth
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