Join Swami Sarvapriyananda for a deep and vast dive into the world of Advaita Vedanta, and its relationship to Vedanta, Tibetan Buddhism, and Kashmir Shaivism. Swami-ji shares what he has learned from Buddhism, and how emptiness relates to pure consciousness. Is the no-self of Buddhism the same as the irreducible Self of Hinduism? Is reality on a sliding-scale, or does it eventually bottom out? Why is the dream analogy so central to Advaita Vedanta, and what role do dreams play in this tradition? Swami talks about nonduality – what it is and is not – and how dreams can help us discover nonduality. Why are the three wisdom tools of hearing, contemplating, and meditating so important? What are the strengths and weaknesses of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism? What are the paths that lead to the discovery of nonduality? The conversation moves to the promise and peril of science, and the place of psychology on the spiritual path. Why is materialism and scientific reductionism such a problem, and how can an integral approach help? The centrality of light, or luminosity, and its relationship to emptiness and pure consciousness is explored, along with the principle of contraction, and the pulsation of awareness. Discover why Swami-ji is one of the most sought-after teachers in the world, and why his infectious enthusiasm is so contagious.
About our Guest
From the Guibord Center: “Swami Sarvapriyananda is a monk of Ramakrishna Order who is well known for his lucid and simple method of describing the essentials of religion and spiritual life. He belongs to the Vedanta school of Hinduism and has given many lectures, including a Ted Talk. He has a way of simplifying the deepest concepts.”