Any topic, questions, comments you may have at all about non-duality, Advaita, Buddhism, enlightenment, awakening, or almost any other spiritual or philosophical discussion is welcome! But don't expect any official answers. No Gurus or Sages here! Just us average people talking among ourselves!
The "official" time of the Meetup is 6pm to 7:30pm but come when you can. People tend to wander in between 6pm and 6:30pm. Everyone is also welcome to stay as much beyond 7:30pm as they wish but some of us need to leave around that time.
The front of The Matador Cantina is on Harbor Blvd very close to the corner of Harbor and Commonwealth, but they also have a back entrance from the parking lot. We will try to have the restaurant seat us in the lounge at the back of the restaurants which is fairly quiet and private and can easily handle parties up to 12 or more. You'll probably see us at a table there with the red, black and white Meetup tent sign on the table.
The food and drink options at The Matador Cantina are reasonable and extensive. They even have a wonderful Margarita Special that they serve all Monday evening for just $5. You are welcome to order just an appetizer and / or soft drink or order dinner during the Meetup. In addition to the full bar they also offer soft drinks, coffee and tea.
Below are a list of suggested books for those of you that would like to explore the topic of Non-Duality a little more. You are not required to have read any of them to attend the Meetup.
John Greven: Oneness - The Destination You Never Left (2005) - This is my personal favorite. All new Meetup members get a free copy to borrow, keep, or pass forward, whatever moves you. It is a very quick read that I think gets right to the heart of Non-Duality.
Nirmala: Nothing Personal - Seeing Beyond The Illusion of a Separate Self (2001)
Nathan Gill: Already Awake (2006), Being the bottom line (2006)
Tony Parsons: As It Is: The Open Secret to Living an Awakened Life
Plus some good books on Buddhism which has Non-Duality at its roots:
Buddhism without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor (1998)
Buddhism is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs by Steve Hagen (2004)
Buddhism Plain and Simple (1998)
For those of you who enjoy approaching Non-Duality from the Quantum Physics perspective as I do, it is worth visiting the below website and watching the video there from Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D, a Theoretical Quantum Physicist:
Or, you can just read an extensive set of quotes from the above and many other books at:
Don't try to cease thinking; cease trying to think.
The trick is not in figuring out who you are, but in figuring out who you are not.
How can one awaken or find enlightenment? Can a character in a novel find the ink on the paper? In the story of the novel a person goes up to a Sage and asks: "How can I find the ink on the paper?" The Sage replies: "You ARE the ink on the paper." -- Brian William Drisko, 17-Dec-2009 1600 [masked]
The above is just a suggestion to break the ice. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts on it, or to start our discussion anywhere else you'd like!