2019 Nonduality and Self Inquiry Meetings

Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Our self-inquiry gatherings are for ardent pilgrims.  We discuss and explore the nature of what is self-evident, here, now.  We expose and grok the illusory nature and appearance of the personal self and rest in the spaciousness of aware presence, just this, here, now.

We are so convinced that accumulating knowledge is beneficial. It is this knowledge that is the hindrance to seeing what is self-evident. There is nothing to be gained by investigating non-duality nor is there any gain from practicing self-inquiry.  What is is all there is and isn’t. Self-inquiry will collide with and demolish the world you were taught and programmed to believe is real and lasting.

Optional reading, especially if you are new to the practice of self-inquiry:

 Perfect Brilliant Stillness – David Carse
 I Am That – Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Perfume of Silence – Francis Lucille

Jenny, Lynden, and I facilitate these group self-inquiry gatherings. There is no fee for our time…we only point to that which is already evident and here now.  We are happy to point out how you have claimed a separate life for yourself where none exists.

Please send us a note by email to if you are joining us for the first time to see if an open seat is available, or if you need directions.

anita@nondu.org
jennylclarke@gmail.com
lharris@hiddenvoices.org

Tentative dates – subject to change.  Self-inquiry group held at Anita’s botanic garden unless noted at Jenny’s or Lynden’s.

Dates for 2019 Nonduality and Self-Inquiry
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Jan 12 –  Anita’s
Feb. 9 –  Jenny’s
Mar 9 –   Anita’s
Apr 13 – Jenny’s
May 18 – Anita’s -Lynden’s Saturday group joins us for satsang đź™‚
Jun 8 –   Lynden’s
July 13 – Jenny’s
Aug 10 – Anita’s
Sep 14 – Lynden’s
Oct 12 – Jenny’s
Nov 9 –  Anita’s
Dec 14 – Jenny’s

Directions to Juniper Level Botanic Garden are here.

* Self-inquiry group sessions and retreats at Juniper Level Botanic Garden may be electronically recorded. By your attendance, you consent to be recorded and agree that Anita Avent reserves all rights to this material and its dissemination in any form.

Jan Frazier Retreat

We are delighted to announce an all day retreat with Jan Frazier at Nondu.org. Jan will be in the gardens on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9:00am – 4:30pm.

This retreat is now full.  You may call the office at 919-772-4794 to add your name to the waitlist. 

Plan now to sit with Jan and notice the causeless, edgeless stillness that is accessible beyond the brain/mind as Jan points towards what is already here, now…ready to be revealed.  Jan writes…

Greetings. I’m writing to invite you to join me in Raleigh this coming spring for a day of reflection and stillness. The theme for the day is â€śLiving as What You Truly Are (Instead of Living as What You ThinkYou Are).” Periods of meditation will alternate with periods of teaching.

Seeking focuses on a later time in which finding may have occurred, in which “you” might have “gotten there.” The trouble with seeking is that it keeps alive the seeming reality of a future, and it nurtures the apparently real self.

 

Seeking is like using a hammer to repair itself . . . when nothing needs repair. The focus on seeking keeps going the illusion that the longed-for condition isn’t already here, within (the fundamental illusion from which all others grow). If seeking interferes with finding, might there be an orientation to this moment that’s more likely to bear fruit?

 

Register now as seating is limited to 35 attendees.

$75 – retreat fee on or before December 1, 2016
$90 – retreat fee after December 1, 2016

Register by calling  919-772-4794
Monday – Friday from  8a – 5p

Visit Jan’s website here.
Please bring a bag lunch; a refrigerator is available. Coffee, hot water for tea, and light snacks will be provided. Free parking.If you want to attend but cost is a factor, please be in touch.  If you are able to give more to support the attendance of others, that would be deeply appreciated.View a brief video of the retreat venue as appear in the summer months.

About Jan Frazier…
Until the summer of her fiftieth year, Jan Frazier lived a life typical for a well-educated, middle-class American woman. A divorced mother of two teenagers, she was making a modest living writing and teaching writing. Following a Catholic childhood in Miami in the 1960s, she had studied English in college and graduate school. In her late twenties, longing for hills and snow, she moved to New England, where she was active in the peace movement.But the inner peace she sought always eluded her.Then, in August 2003, she experienced a radical transformation of consciousness. Fear fell away from her, and she was immersed in a state of causeless joy that has never left her. While she has continued her life as writer, teacher, and mother, she has discovered it is possible to live a richly human life free of suffering.Her wish now is to communicate the truth that within every person is a pool of calm well-being that waits patiently to be stirred to life.

When Fear Falls Away: The Story of a Sudden Awakening (Weiser Books, 2007) is Jan’s day-by-day account of the shift in consciousness and its alteration of her life.

The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is (Weiser Books, 2012) looks at the nature of suffering and explores ways beyond it.

Opening the Door: Jan Frazier Teachings on Awakening (eBookIt, 2012) is an ebook collection of essays. It opens the reader’s awareness to the possibility of a richly human life, beyond what appears possible to the ego and the mind.

The Great Sweetening: Life After Thought (eBookIt, 2016) is an ebook of essays that invite the seeker to ask What am I? Is a person most truly ego and mental activity, or consciousness itself? 

When Fear Falls Away is available in paperback, audiobook, and ebook formats. The Freedom of Being is available in paperback and ebook formats.

Jan’s poetry and prose have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection, Greatest Hits, was published by Pudding House, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been inspired by many teachers, but the joy she lives in belongs to no particular tradition, and is available to all. Jan lives in southern Vermont.

anita

Identity Trap

I was stuck in an identity trap for decades believing I was a separate person with a personal awareness and ability to make decisions. Of course, believing that I was a separate being also ensured I was often suffering, longing, and discontent with what is.

I define the Identity Trap as a core set of self-referential beliefs and concepts which perpetuate the false sense of a separate and personal self identity.

Reinforced by family, society, educators and dogma, these beliefs and concepts veil the natural flow of impersonal consciousness always here, now, as this breath.  We overlook and ignore this perfect presence, this perfect peace by veiling it with a personal identity.  Are you stuck in an identity trap?  I’m here to help you uncover what you already are and are not with self inquiry..

anita

 

2016 Saturday Self-Inquiry Sessions

2016 Saturday Self-Inquiry Sessions

Self Inquiry Sessions at Juniper Level Botanic Garden are for ardent pilgrims, ready, at all costs, to turn inward and discern the illusory nature of the personal self and reality and uncover the aware presence hidden in plain sight.

Recommended readings:

     Open Secret – Wei Wu Wei
     Perfect Brilliant Stillness – David Carse
     Solving Yourself – Yuben de Wu Hsin

Jenny and Anita facilitate this group inquiry. No charge. Registration is requested for first time attendees.

Registration for all retreats and Self Inquiry Sessions is requested, and space is limited. Please register by phone: 919.772.4794 (Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm EST) or by email to info@nondu.org.

2:00 – 3:30pm

January 9
February 6
March 12
April 9
May 8
September 17
October 8 – cancelled due to inclement weather
November 5
December 3
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Workshops, nonduality retreats, and self inquiry sessions at Juniper Level Botanic Garden may be audio and visually recorded. By attending you are consenting to be recorded and agreeing that anita and Tony Avent reserve all rights to this material and its dissemination in any form.