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Sam Harris is known for criticism of what he labels as religious dogma (Buddhist, Muslim , Christian, etc,) and an apparent hardcore materialist, the book ‘Waking Up’ is quite the surprise.. He shares his long path into Buddhist mediation, and tries to make sense of his interior experiences in terms of neuroscience and modern psychology. Interestingly he sees consciousness and non dual experiences as central, and concedes that science has no clue how to explain how consciousness came to be. This tension is fascinating as well as the material on ‘No Self’, which invites critical discussion as well. Should note Harris view here is popular and shared by many other writers ( Robert Wright, ‘Why Buddhism is ‘true’ - here true in scientific sense as a working hypothesis, not dogmatic ‘The truth’). There is interesting overlap with other contemplative paths on the centrality of the experience of 'one-ness', sometimes called 'non-dual' awareness. For the first session, please read at least the first three chapters. The book is relatively short and actually very personable and readable. We may hold another session on this book if there is interest.