What is a Nondual Philosophy?

Mindfulness and Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden – Crepe Myrtle

All teachings that are shared from a belief in personhood, from one person to another, are dualistic offerings, even the tenets of nonduality. 

A nondual philosophy, also referred to as the perennial wisdom teachings, points to the abstraction of impersonal oneness which has been studied, taught, and practiced by seekers around the globe for centuries. 

Nonduality, or oneness, points towards a philosophy of knowing that life is an impersonal unified, edgeless, seamless, appearance of emptiness appearing as fullness.   

Agostino Steuco (1497-1548) wrote and published the De PerenniPhilosophia in1540 to show that many of the teachings of the sages, poets, and philosophers from classical antiquity were in essential harmony with the teachings of Christianity. Through the centuries we’ve come to know these core tenets simply as the perennial wisdom teachings:

  • Creation, Source, Substance, of Life is the appearing and disappearing of One Reality – called God, Allah, Krishna, Brahman, Tao, Buddha, Absolute, Emptiness, Stillness, Truth, Pure Consciousness, Pure Awareness, Source, Divine, etc…
  • Humans embody this One Reality but forget their true nature and believe they are separate beings.
  • Believing in personhood creates and sustains suffering, fear, competition, time, location, and anxiety.
  • Realizing the true nature, emptiness, and wholeness of appearances allows an innate deep peace, joy, and compassion to arise, but not to a separate person.

And while it sure feels like we have a personal self, a me, located at the center of what is perceiving, we truly are an edgeless, empty, aware, stillness fleetingly appearing as a fullness of life.  This may seem confusing and crazy if this is your first time reading of the perennial wisdom teachings. It was puzzling for me too but I kept reading and exploring and praying until I had eyes to see and ears to hear. 

My pathless path stumbled through the teachings of Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, and Lao Tzu, so you will notice the offerings are written through these perspectives as this has been my way for more than 48 years.

anita

 

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