Open Awareness Meditation Group Message Board › Meditation and Inquiry with Rupert Spira
I just wanted to let you all know about an upcoming event. At the Monday night meditations many of you have heard me quote or refer to a brilliant teacher and friend named Rupert Spira. I am happy to report he is coming to Boston on March 22 for an evening meeting.
If you are free that night, please consider attending.
Open Awareness Meditation Group
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: First Parish in Cambridge,
1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact: Francesca Rotondella - email@example.com, Barbara Cherington - 781.956.1106
Registration at the door
About Rupert's meetings
There are three possibilities for our self - to be something, nothing or everything. As 'something' we believe and feel our self to be a cluster of thoughts, feelings and sensations - a body/mind - born into a world, moving and changing, and ultimately destined for death. As 'nothing' - not a thing - we know our self as the open, empty space of Awareness in which all appearances of the body, mind and world arise. This space is not affected by whatever appears within it and is thus experienced as peace itself; it is inherently free of resistance and seeking and is, as such, experienced as unconditional happiness, and it does not share the limits or destiny of whatever appears within it and is thus experienced as freedom.
This empty space of our own Being is also intimately one with all experience. In fact, it is even closer than that. All we know is the knowing of experience and that 'knowing' is our self. This 'knowing' doesn't just pervade all experience; it is all experience. As such, our self is realised not just as the witnessing Awareness in the background of experience - although it is often 'found' there first - but in the foreground as well. As such we know our self - it knows itself - as 'everything.' This intimacy, in which there is no separation or otherness, is the familiar experience of love.
In Rupert's meetings, through silent meditation, guided meditation and conversation, we explore each of these possibilities in relation to our own experience. It is an exploration that goes far deeper than intellectual understanding, penetrating not just our thoughts but the way we feel the body and perceive the world, profoundly effecting our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, activities and relationships.