Meeting with Desthein

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Meeting with Desthein is an invitation to inquire into the nature of reality and living an awakened life. Each meeting begins with a period of silence, followed by a talk; then questions and answers with the audience.

“Satsang is an invitation to sit into the fire of self-inquiry
until there remains nothing of that which you are not”

Ongoing Satsang

Inviting inquiry into the nature of the self

Thursday, September 21, 7:00-9:00pm, 2017

Location: 3755 West 6th Ave, East Wing, Buzz #122, Vancouver BC
$15 suggested donation

The direct means to realize that you are consciousness and not the mind, is simply to stand as the consciousness that you are. Consciousness alone is aware of the mind and thus knows the mind. When you let the mind drive your attention externally, you loose sight of consciousness. When you abide in consciousness, there is only consciousness.

Alone is real that which is consciousness. Therefore, everything is consciousness. As you hold onto the conviction that there is only consciousness, this conviction matures and becomes your direct, steadfast experience. Than there is no doubt, no longer any mistaking the unreal for the real. There is only consciousness and existence is That.


Satsang on Salt Spring Island

Friday, Sept 15, 7h00-9h00pm & Weekend of Inquiry, Sept 16-17

Location: Ram Spring Wellness Center, 443 Upper Ganges Rd

For more info & registration, contact Zanzara
Tel: (604) 222-4178
email: zzazen@gmail.com


Thursday, September 14, 7:00-9:00pm

Self-realization is seeing the reality of life as a whole. Out of self-realization comes humility, detachment, fundamental peace, clarity and a pure heart. Subsequently, the notion of a doer and free will, also vanishes. There remains the utmost free integral sense of true being, utterly spontaneous, transparent and yet all encompassing.

From the impersonal, you acquire universal, direct knowledge; that is wisdom. From seeing everything as yourself, you become love itself. There stands revealed the infinity and unity of consciousness and existence – eternal majesty of the Self.

Thursday, September 07, 7:00-9:00pm

The root cause of duality lies in the notion that you are the mind-body alone – the gross plane of existence. From such identification with the mind-body, you cannot know your true nature; because it is devoid of mind-body, precisely. And yet, the knowledge that you are is immanent, but overlooked.

Being cannot be known, for it is not something of mind nor can it be sensed, since it is not of the physical. Being can only be known directly, without an intermediary. Therefore, it is the most intimate, immediate, obvious, and most real for it is everlasting and not depending on anything nor anyone to confirm its existence.

You cannot know yourself; for what you call yourself, never existed. Being, alone, knows the truth that you are. It alone knows of its own nature. It alone Is. It is everything and nothing. It is the Beyond, therefore you are That. Knowledge of Self dwells in the Heart.

Thursday, August 31, 7:00-9:00pm

The mind is an unsubstantial matter, fundamentally devoid of sentience, apart from the notion that you are the mind, identified as it were, as this separate self. The mind is itself designed to create this effect – fooling you, again and again; distracting you from acknowledging the truth that you are!

The mind is a mere organizational structure conceived in a way to seemingly correlate ideas and concepts together. No inherent independent intelligence in and of itself. The mind is a modulation of all that is perceived through the means of sensory responses out of which we create a world we call reality; but never touching nor understanding or even affecting in anyway what reality truly is. And yet, there is no point to either attach a sense of purpose to the mind, nor to even attempt to discard or deny it, nor to control it; for it is nothing but a mere shadow that has no binding whatsoever with anything, other than onto subsequent thinking – other projected shadows of its own making.

That which attempts to do anything with mind, is also of the mind. Therefore, understand the mind first and foremost; because if you simply let the mind direct your attention towards its own objects of thought, which it can only do, you simultaneously give way to this false identity for ever struggling to consolidate itself; but in vain.

Self-realization is to see what is what; as the false for the false and the truth for the truth. Thus, self-realization is simply, purely, seeing everything as it is; while forever standing as the substratum from which the mind springs. When you focus on the mind, you only see the mind. When you stand as the substratum that you are, you see everything as the substratum. Only then is there no problem with mind. Prior to the inception of mind, you are. The world is real only when you are!

Thursday, August 24, 7:00-9:00pm

The Self is not to be attained nor realized; because it is forever immanent in this present experience that we call living. It is the Truth of your own self but you are unaware of it, and that is all! You are taking the rope for the snake and endlessly thinking about what to do with the snake; while standing burdened as this little separate self. All in vain, for the snake never came into existence…

It is because you assume to see a snake that you are not seeing the rope. The rope has always been there – the only reality. When you have that clear understanding that the snake never came into existence, the question of what to do with the snake also becomes futile. Similarly, if you understand that what you call yourself also never existed other than within your own imagination, you will not be concerned about ways and means of getting rid of it, nor to reach for anything greater; not even for the so-called realization of Self.

Let all beliefs go of what you take everything and yourself to be and get firmly established in the conviction that you are the Self into which all forms, objects, minds appear and disappear. I am the consciousness which remains unchanged and unaffected by all appearances and disappearances. I am the Self.

Thursday, August 17, 7:00-9:00pm

All that you can be sure of, is that you are. Everything else is a matter of perception and can always be questioned. Thus, the direct way to self-knowledge is to consider all perceptions as not this nor that.

The very fact of perception, indicates that you are neither the perceived object nor the perceiver. Both perceived object and perceiver appear in your perception. Prior to all perceptions, you are. The clearer will you understand this, the less will you look for yourself and the sooner will you come to the realization that you are the immediacy of infinite being.

Thursday, August 10, 7:00-9:00pm

Nothing is more immediate and obvious, most intimate and direct then that sense of “I am”. Before any thought, perception and action, the sense of “I am” prevails. Even if you happen to take yourself for the mind-body apparatus, while perceiving an external world, the sense of “I am” remains the primary element of all cognition; inwardly and outwardly. But because you let such mind-body apparatus direct your attention towards externalities, you come to mistake that “I am” with that “I am not”; thus creating an apparent separation with the Godly Principle that this “I am” is truly and essentially all about!

There is no such a thing as a lost soul, only a seeming process of mistaking oneself for that which one is not; hence ever turning around in circles, endlessly looking for something that does not exist. Only That which Is remains. Everything that is not, never comes into existence. Therefore, abide as that “I am”. “I am” that “I am” is the only Truth!

Thursday, August 03, 7:00-9:00pm

Your thought of the world is not the world. Your thought of the physical body is not the physical body. Your thought of the emotional body is not the emotional body. Your thought of the mental body is not the mental body. Your thought of the I-thought is not the I-thought. Your thought of the consciousness is not the consciousness.

Everything you can know of, is not That. Therefore, there is no consciousness, no I-thought, no mental body, no emotional body, no physical body, no world. There remains only That which is the basis, the content of everything that may or may not come into existence.

When everything is seen as neither this nor that, there stands revealed the immutability and splendor of That which alone is Reality. There is only That. Everything is That. You and the world are That. That is The thought!

Thursday, July 27, 7:00-9:00pm

Prior to knowing or not knowing, you are. Before and after the world, you are. The world is real only because you are.

Find That who stages the play of consciousness and the world, for That alone knows the consciousness and the world. Nothing can be added to That nor subtracted from That. You can only recognize the Truth and let the Truth take over. There remains no one to be concerned about anything, nor to perceive a world apart from or different than That.

Nothing has ever been forgotten. There has only been a misidentification with the thought that you are not and suffered such non-existence. To know oneself is to see the thought for the thought it is; thereby seeing beyond the thought. You are the thought of the Supreme; therefore, leave it all to the Supreme.

Thursday, June 20, 7:00-9:00pm

The “I” does not awaken. There is only an awakening taking place out of the dream world of the so called “I”. An awakening which pertains to consciousness itself. In fact, there is no such thing as reaching self-realization. For self-realization is but of the nature of what already is. It is not something to achieve in the future, for it is not something that exists in the realm of time nor something that can be grasped as you would grasp a solid object. It is neither a form nor an object nor an experience or an event that may happen to “you”. It is neither an idea that one can incorporate into one’s life, nor a goal that one can strive for. Self-realization is not of time and it is not personal – It is timeless, dimensionless, eternal and simply revealed as That which alone Is.

When it is perfectly understood that what you call “I” never existed, there remains Reality alone – That which you essentially and truly are. Therefore, the invitation is to rest as That. It, alone, will take “you” over. That will be the day when perfected embodiment of Self will take place of its own accord. You are That.

Thursday, June 13, 7:00-9:00pm

The world is the body of the mind. The mind is the body of consciousness and consciousness is the body of the Supreme. Everything derives its substance from the Supreme. The Supreme is the Soul of it all; the very principle of intelligence and life of everything knowable and unknowable.

Without the Supreme, there is no consciousness, no mind, no world, no nothing. Everything Is, because of the Supreme. The Supreme Is Reality.

The Enlightened One, Is He Who’s Abode Is The Supreme.

“I bow to the Supreme in you”

Thursday, June 06, 7:00-9:00pm

All phenomena appear and disappear, come and go, as specks of dust playing around in the light. The light illuminates the specks, but is not affected nor depends on them. Everything is, because of the light of Consciousness.

When it is known that there is no one there to be doing anything, there is peace. A peace that will always shine regardless of whatever may appear in the multitude of dusts in the win. You remain unburdened and for ever free as you have always been and will always be. You are the light of Consciousness.

Thursday, June 29, 7:00-9:00pm

The “I am” is the start and the end of the journey. Inwardly, it points at the truth of oneself and outwardly, it brings a world into existence.

To go deeper into the “I am”, is to even move into what is earlier and even more present than this “I am”. It is neither an inner nor an outer state. What it is, you cannot know; for no knower can enter. Alone there lies pure consciousness, pure existence – pure Bliss. Reality is That.

Thursday, June 22, 7:00-9:00pm

It is not possible to be anything other than the “I am”. Even when taking oneself for the “I am not”, there lies the sense of “I am”. The mere perception of the “I am not”, underlies that one is the “I am”. The knowledge of “I am” prevails no matter what; but this knowledge is not a cognitive knowledge, nothing to do with the mind.

One does not come to the “I am” from a place of the “I am not”. Only by negation of the “I am not”, is the “I am” found. There remains That which knows the “I am”. I am That!

Thursday, June 15, 7:00-9:00pm

Because of ignorance, you’ve created of world of suffering; and out of suffering, you’ve been seeking freedom. Without understanding the “I”, all seeking will only keep you entangled in the wheel of samsara.

You must first understand who you are, independently from all preconceived ideas and notions about who you are. Everything you think you know, everything you take yourself to be must be discarded. Only in the nakedness of yourself, lies the Truth of yourself.

Vichara (self-inquiry) means, knowledge of the Atman of the “I”. When you know that you are the Atman of the “I”, than you no longer mistake yourself for that which you are not. There comes the realization that the “I” never existed. There remains the “I” of the “I”. The “I-I” is freedom Itself.

Thursday, June 1, 7:00-9:00pm

Satsang is the association with Sat, meaning Truth.

Satsang is not about this or that. It is not about becoming, acquiring nor freeing oneself from anything. In Satsang we find that we are at home and complete; inseparable from the immensity and totality of life. We discover that we are That which we’ve been longing for.

In Satsang we find that the being is so precious, we don’t waste it by giving rise to questions such as “what is this or that”, “who was I or will I become”. In Satsang we stick with one simple question that is, “Who am I” until there are no doubts.

In Satsang there are no beliefs, notions, intentions, desires, and illusions. This is freedom; freedom from time, freedom from the mind. Leaving the mind aside means Satsang.

In Satsang we rest in the Heart.

Wednesday, November 23, 5:00-6:30pm, 2016

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Realization of Self is not to be gained anew. If such were the case, it would not be realization of Self but a mere passing realization which you may mistake for the truth of the Self. No matter how high may be the realization, anything achievable, anything recognizable, anything you can know about, is not It – not the Self; but something pertaining to the separate self, which is the only one obstacle.

How to remove the one very obstacle that is the separate self? Inquiry into the separate self reveals its unreality; and there stands in Its immutability and everlasting splendor, the immanency of the Self. Only the Self is realized!

Wednesday, November 23, 5:00-6:30pm

Everything we know of the world, our entire experience of the world, is known by the mind; which revolves around the sense of “I”. Thus, the mind’s knowledge of the world can only go as far as the knowledge of the “I”. Without the “I”, there is no mind and without the mind, no perception of a world. So, as far as reality goes, the world is nothing other but a direct reflexion of the way we understand ourselves.

There is no greater pursue but to engage into knowing the true nature of the “I”. Unless the true nature of the “I” is known, we cannot know anything true about the world. Inquiry into the self is the direct means to know the truth both of the “I” and the world.


Satsang on Salt Spring Island

Friday, Nov 18, 7h30-9h30pm & Weekend of Inquiry, Nov 19-20

Location: Salt Spring Island Wellness Center, 120 Hereford Ave, Ganges

For more info & registration, contact Zanzara
Tel: (604) 222-4178
email: zzazen@gmail.com


Wednesday, November 16, 5:00-6:30pm

We are so convinced about the reality of an internal or external world; but never so certain about that which says “I”. And yet, without knowing anything about the “I”, how can we be so sure about the reality of anything else?

From ignorance we create a world of suffering and then wonder how to solve such suffering. Therefore, to end suffering is to first end ignorance through inquiry into the self. Once you find out that there is no self without the idea of such a self, there remains only the truth of the Self. Realization of Self alone is liberation!

Wednesday, November 9, 5:00-6:30pm

The very only cause of all of our problems, is that we take ourselves to be that which we are not – the personal; which is mind’s activity. Why would you pursue the non-self when already being the truth that you are? The truth is that there is only the Self; and so you can already and forever be but the Self.

You are looking for a personal realization which only leads to further personal realizations and never seeing the end of such process. You are taking for granted that you are the personal which endlessly requires further realizations as apart from itself. Thus, any realization on that level is secondhand, redundant, fleeting and so will never fully satisfy you!

Unless the realization is eternal it cannot serve any useful purpose. The invitation is to recognize the already existing truth that there is only the impersonal and that you are the impersonal by which you know yourself and can only know yourself. That alone is the resolve of all problems. That alone is realization; the only permanent and absolute realization that you are nothing other but the Self.

Wednesday, November 2, 5:00-6:30pm

How difficult is it to rest as one’s self while letting go of the stories of mind? Very simple procedure. A mere switch in one’s attention. A mere inward turn as opposed to an outward turn. Once the attention of mind is turned within, in the silence of one’s own self, something greater can reveal itself. Then there is no longer an inside nor outside world. There remains the greater alone which is reality – one’s own true nature.

There is no other liberation but to find That which is already free within. All attempts of the “I” to free itself from past latent tendencies, will only add further latent tendencies onto this “I”. Therefore, you must cut the very root cause of all latent tendencies, which is the “I”. Inquiry into the “I” reveals the non-existence of the “I”; and there crumbles along all latent tendencies.

“There is nothing to be free from for the one who experiences liberation.”

Wednesday, October 26, 5:00-6:30pm

When you can recognize the Supreme as being that which says “I am” and abide as That, alone is true worship. Because then it is understood that there is only the Supreme and there is no life apart from That; and so no awareness of consciousness, of people, of a world existing as separated from That. Therefore, the worship of the “I am” leads to purity of consciousness and existence – that is Bliss. Only then can you see the ending of your burdens and conflicts and endless illusory pursues.

The day will dawn when all there will be left to do, is to rest as that “I am” and to recognize that “I am” as the Truth of life. Recognition of Truth alone is liberation.

Wednesday, October 19, 5:00-6:30pm

Only because of the absolute reality of the Self, is there a seer, which, through the mind-body phenomena, perceives a world of external objects. If there is no Self, there is no seer, no mind-body and no perceived objects.

The Self is the ultimate seer. When passing through the mind, the seer becomes the separate self as divided from an external, perceived world. When the seer draws its attention back from external perceived objects and fixes into itself, its universal nature points at the ultimate reality – that of the Self. So all is there to do, is to let go of objects of mind and remain as the pure seer!

You will only know of yourself as forever existing not apart from the Self, when no thoughts ever take you away from the Self. That will be the day when the world will be seen as nothing other but the Self alone!


Satsang on Salt Spring Island

Friday, October 14, 7h30-9h30pm & Weekend of Inquiry, October 15-16

Location: Salt Spring Island Wellness Center, 120 Hereford Ave, Ganges

For more info & registration, contact Zanzara
Tel: (604) 222-4178
email: zzazen@gmail.com


Thursday, October 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Reality is and remains something that cannot be grasped or understood on the level of the mind. It has never been understood and will never be understood, because reality is beyond time and space. Reality is timeless, dimensionless, directionless and causeless. It is without origin. It is the absolute! Being absolute, That alone knows itself as there is only itself and no one else to ever be existing as anything other than That.

Anything other than reality is the world of relative phenomenon into which there appears to be an “I” mistaking itself for the mind-body apparatus and for ever seeking to fulfill itself in time and space but in vain, for time and space are illusory. At some point or another, that which says “I” no longer references itself with nothing else but itself alone.

When you come to realize that you can only already be yourself, there remains only reality. That is pure devotion because then there is nothing out there that is not you. Reality and devotion are one and the same! Abide as who you are in the silence of a pure heart, prior to the inception of a world and the Supreme shall be revealed before you as who you truly are!

Thursday, September 29, 5:30-7:30pm

Reality is not made out of planes, dimensions, hierarchies or grades. These exist in relation with an experiencer. There are different depths of experience but only on the level of the experiencer. Similarly, reality does not evolve or devolve. There are only cycles into which certain experiences or faculties of perceiving may take place from the stand point of the experiencer.

Reality cannot be experienced. Reality is not something an experiencer may discover along the way, at one time or another. Reality is something that shows itself when the experiencer is no longer attempting to reach out for anything outside of itself. The experiencer cannot even see itself and yet, one cannot deny oneself because in truth there is only being. To be is to understand, to realize; hence “I am that I am”.

Everything has its being in reality, and because of reality. It is because you take that being for anything other than reality, that such reality is obscured. As a result you become bound by the ideas and actions of the experiencer. Therefore, inquire into that “I am” until the truth of yourself shines forth as the only reality.

“I am in the heart of all beings, I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all possible forms of life and intelligence – everything is, because I am.”

Thursday, September 22, 5-7pm

There is no moment in one’s life where there is not an endeavor to know oneself. To be, is to know oneself. Consciousness’s only purpose is to be and to know itself hence creation! Creation is the means for consciousness to look, to know, to reflect on and be aware of itself. No consciousness, no beingness. No beingness, no existence. Similarly, no existence, no beingness and no beingness, no consciousness.

To acknowledge that one is consciousness, is simply to be aware. Not just aware of this or that but directly aware of what is. To see that existence is not separate from consciousness is simply to rest as existing. Not existing as this or that but simply existing as existence. Then existing as existence points at awareness aware of itself. Pure existence reveals pure consciousness and pure consciousness reveals pure existence. That is the doorway to the Beyond alone. That is Grace, unfolding as the perfected totality in infinity that is oneself, for ever at one in divinity, eternally and timelessly, as both consciousness and creation; as the union of the universal with the individual; as the very non-duality in duality; as the singularity of the unmanifest as the manifest; that is the Self. That is realization of the Self.

Thursday, September 15, 5-7pm

As long as you will let the mind direct the flow of your attention, you will be disillusioned by a world appearing outside of yourself – an external world into which you will seek to become and acquire; as you will be subject to time and space, conditioned, as it were, by a past and depending on a future that will never come! Essentially, as long as you will miss-identify with the mind-body apparatus, you will be imprisoned into believing that your happiness only resides outwardly; never fully at peace within your own self, forever independent and free.

Everything that begins, also ends. Whatever goes up, also goes down. Whatever you gain, you will loose. Any state you may reach, will yet but lead to another state. Everything attainable, anything experience-able, anything you can realize is not permanent, thus unreal. Find That which neither comes nor goes, which neither rises nor subsides, which remains permanent – that which is one’s true nature of Infinite Being. Everything else comes of its own accord, perfectly, naturally and absolutely for there is nothing out there other than That!

Thursday, September 1, 5-7pm

As long as you will rely on the mind to know yourself and the world, you will mistake yourself and the world for the mind. Until you realize that you’re rather the awareness of the mind and the world, you will run around in circles, indefinitely, seeking to answer imaginary questions of your own!

What you call yourself or the world, is a mere projection out of the dream that is the mind. Without awareness, there is no mind and no world. Prior to and beyond the awareness of mind, is the Self alone; That which is the giver of Grace. You are the supreme Self forever coming forth as the eternal splendor of reality. You and the world are That!

Thursday, August 25, 5-7pm

All there is to life is Enlightenment. No Enlightenment, no life. It is surrounding everything and everyone, as it is allowing everything and everyone to even be there and vibrate in intelligence. It is the sentience within the insentient; the immaterial within the material; the spirit within the mind-body apparatus. It is the impersonal within the personal. It is the light within consciousness and the living force within creation. It is That which alone is aware not only of everything of existence and consciousness but also of its own awareness. Enlightenment is even beyond it all. Enlightenment is Reality!

Enlightenment alone is the path. It is at the beginning of the journey and at the end of the journey. It is That which is not a journey; That which reveals that no journey has never come about. Even the idea of liberation or bondage is illusory as there has never been anybody nor anything existing apart from That. Enlightenment is the conviction that even any conviction has never been needed. To see that there has only been Enlightenment, is Enlightenment. To know That, to be That, to see nothing other than That, is Enlightenment.

Thursday, August 18, 5-7pm

The very cause of all problems is rooted in the separate sense of self. No separate sense of self, no problems. When all that you believe to be is seen as that which you are not, there remains only That which you truly are – the Self.

Just as the space found in the ground was already there before digging, so it is with the Self and thought. Any thought appears in the Self, but is not the Self and yet the thought can only be known by the Self. Thus, one should not mistake one’s self for the thought but remains as who one is devoid of the thought. When there is no thought veiling who you truly are, everything is seen as the Self. You are That!


Satsang on Salt Spring Island

Weekend of Inquiry, August 12-13-14

Location: Salt Spring Island Wellness Center, 120 Hereford Ave, Ganges

For more info & registration, contact Zanzara
Tel: (604) 222-4178
email: zzazen@gmail.com


Thursday, August 11, 5-7pm

The Supreme’s very innate quality, ever shines as the totality of life; the all embracing, the divine union of consciousness with existence! Thus, what other means to venerate the Supreme but to abide as That?

In order to seek experience, understanding or realization, one must first admit one’s own existing sense of self; that is the subject. Before any seeking, there must first be a seeker. Everyone says: “I am seeking this or seeking that”. Without that existing sense of self, nothing of consciousness or existence would be experienced, understood or realized. Thus, to inquire into the nature of that self, and to remain as one’s self, is the direct means to find one’s true nature and to steadily abide as That.

Thursday, August 4, 5-7pm

The Buddha once said: “no one ever entered Nirvana”. If no one ever entered “Nirvana”, it is because there has never been anyone out there, to start with! And yet, something or someone seems to have taken the role of a self. Self-inquiry’s very purposes, is not to lead you to a place called “Nirvana”, but to see, factually, directly that everything you take yourself to be, you are not. This is when and only then, that the Beyond may take over.

All experiences, all states and stages revolve around the different degrees of awareness or perception, from the subtlest to the grossest; from the immaterial to the material; from the “I am” to the “I am not”; all appearing and disappearing into the Beyond – That by which all states are known. You are the Absolute into which the whole spectrum of consciousness takes place. The Absolute is the only reality and no one can enter it!

You do not want “Nirvana”, because you are not going to be there to know anything about it.

Thursday, July 28, 5-7pm

When looking at our lives, it is curious to realize that instead of coming from an universal perspective, we choose to fixate on a little fragment we call one’s self, and thus experience such imposed limitation. Instead of embracing the reality of the universal, and look at our lives from such vastness and absolute truth, we choose to believe that, in our experience, there is only a separate individual, forever confused about what it is, forever struggling with itself and striving to reach something outside of itself; never fully experiencing anything durable, everlastingly meaningful, utterly real and beautiful, of utmost simplicity, clarity and sacredness – forever at one with the whole of life.

There is no greater irony than this – that being the universal, we seek the universal. We think that there is something to understand about this separate self and that it must evolve into a so-called higher dimension before the universal may be found. The day will dawn when you will laugh at all your unnecessary strivings; a day which will only be found here and now!

Thursday, July 21, 5-7pm

Satsang’s sacred word means “to gather in truth that is being”. “Sat” means being and “sang” means sanga, that is community. So Satsang is an invitation to get together and celebrate that beingness that we truly and forever are.

In Satsang there is no story-case of what one may or may not be, of what one may know or not know. As a result, there is also not much of anything that you may, in return, bring back with you, if not a little less of “yourself”. You may be left naked, alone with no more shields to carry around and so no fear left; but light as light, with the vastness of all possibilities that lay before you – for you may come to know that you are life itself; the totality of it all.

When there is no longer any “I” to stand against the greater “I”, all bondage drops off as if nothing of the “I” ever existed. The realization will arise that you have never been that which you’ve believed yourself to be; that you were, truly, never born and will never die, that you are That which you can only be; that you are and forever are, your own true self – eternal, free, fully realized as That!

Thursday, July 14, 5-7pm

One’s true eternal Self-nature says: “I am realized”! There is only the truth that “I am”, forever abiding as that “I am” throughout the infinity of consciousness and existence. “I am” is Reality. Thus, all that is left to do is to remain as that “I am” and put aside all unnecessary pursues.

When you abide as that “I am” there is no doubt about it all! Self-realization is not a matter of gaining anything, but to remain as who one is while discarding everything that one is not. Soon or later, all latent tendencies, veiling that realization, will disclose their unreality and you will stand alone and unencumbered, as you have always been, regardless, without your knowing. The “I am” tells you: “let go of everything you are not, remains as you are and all will fall into place in the light of that I am”.

Thursday, July 7, 5-7pm

Soon or later, one must find out who one really is; that is, who is the one who says “I”. Whatever practice one may be following, one will have to return to one’s self and abide as one’s true self. Any spiritual practice presupposes the retention of the mind as the instrument for carrying on the practice, for without the mind, there cannot be any practice. The mind may take on other and subtler forms of identity along the way at different stages of the so-called practice, but the mind itself is never transcended. Self-inquiry addresses such a gap! Self-inquiry’s very purpose is to unveil the true nature of the “I”. Self-inquiry is the immediate and direct means to realize the Self. Self-inquiry and self-realization are one.

Thursday, June 30, 5-7pm

Whatever thoughts arise as obstacles to being one’s self, the mind’s attention should not be allowed to go in their direction; but turned inward and to rest in the heart. One should never be fooled by thoughts; for thoughts do not lead to reality. This is the proper means to witness the ending of all bondage.

It is only because we say “I” that the world appears a certain way. No “I”, no perceived world; no “I”, no bondage. To really understand the nature of the world, one must go at the source of the “I”. At the root of the “I” is the awareness of the “I”. Abide as That; and the Beyond will take hold of you; letting you see a world not apart from Itself. You are the Beyond and the world is That.

Wednesday, June 22, 12-2pm

The only way to adore the Supreme is to abide as That – the “I am” of consciousness. The first expression of consciousness is the thought of “I”, but the true “I” is not a thought construct. The true “I” is that which precedes all thoughts. It is the true “I” which knows that a thought is a thought. The true “I” is that which is aware of thought. The true “I” is that which the thought is made of and that by which it is known.

The true “I” is not a thought; the true “I” both creates the mind and transcends the mind. In reality, there isn’t even anybody to identify as mind. There is only a phenomena appearing and disappearing as mind over the ocean of consciousness that you are. You are not the mind. You are That which knows that “I am”.

Wednesday, June 14, 12-2pm

Every one says “I am”, but every one takes that “I am” for that which one is not. Nothing else is so obvious, undeniable and immediate than the true “I am” and yet, we make the mistake of identifying that “I am” with the sensory and mental responses. The “I am” exists independently from anything and yet the “I am” is everything. Therefore, to inquire into the “I am” and to rest as that “I am”, is all there is to do. “I am” that “I am” is reality.


Satsang on Salt Spring Island

Weekend of Inquiry, June 24-25-26

Location: 197 Monteith Road, Vesuvius Area, Saltspring BC

For more info & registration, contact Zanzara
Tel: (604) 222-4178
email: zzazen@gmail.com


Inviting inquiry into the nature of the self

Ongoing Classes on Jnana Yoga (Non-Duality)
Every Friday, from July 17 to December 11, 2015

Spontaneous talk on the nature of consciousness (Dec classes)

Friday, December 11, from 7pm to 9pm

Location: Vancouver Healing Centre, Studio #9 – 3612 West 4th Avenue

The world exists because of the body, and the body exists because of the mind, and the mind exists because of consciousness, and consciousness exists because of Reality. It is because of Reality alone, that everything is as it is. Thus, there is no finding Reality. There is only the waking up from the dream world of separate self. Self-inquiry is the direct means to unveil That which we already are. When the separate self is seen as non-existent and thereby naturally given up, the splendor of Reality shines forth.

Friday, December 4, from 7pm to 9pm

How to “realize” that which alone is real? Self-inquiry is the process in which we get to know that what we’re looking for, is That which we already Are.


Self-inquiry as a means to attain Jnana (Nov classes)

Saturday, November 28, Ninth class – PART FOUR

The practice of self-inquiry is to lead one to the essence of all experience which is the sense “I am”. That “I am”, is the only element of experience that remains present throughout all experience. The “I am” pervades all experience. The “I am” is the first thing that ever arises in consciousness. Without that “I am”, there is nothing that you can indicate as “this” or “that”. The “I am” is and remains the very genesis of all experience. Surely, you cannot be something other than that “I am”. But because that “I am” is not a tangible experience, that “I am” is nothing perceivable, or imaginable or thinkable and yet, everyone’s direct and most intimate experience, is that “I am”. It cannot be known because it is not a thought process. At best, you can say “I am not this nor that”. Without you, the “I am”, there can be neither perception, sensation nor mind. That “I am“ is the beginning and ending of all experience and yet, you exist prior to that “I am”. You are That which knows that “I am”.

Friday, November 20, Ninth class – PART THREE

Spontaneous talk on the nature of reality

Friday, November 13, Ninth class – PART TWO
Topics:
  • The relative states of consciousness and the stateless, absolute consciousness

    – The awake state (gross)
    – The dream state (subtle)
    – The dreamless state (causal)
    – The pure ever present witness state (turiya)
    – The beyond and all inclusive stateless (turiyatita)

Friday, November 6, Ninth class – PART ONE
Topics:
  • Living the truth of non-duality into the world of events and appearances
    – The reality of our experience
    – Prior to the world, “I am”
    – The process following which consciousness comes into existence
    – Consciousness as the truth of the world
    – Being oneself as consciousness and existence


Self-inquiry as a direct path to self-realization (Oct classes)

Friday, October 30. Height class – PART FIVE

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Jnana yoga is the practice of inquiry into the self, which leads to the realization of who you truly are. We know who we are, and yet, we tend to mistake ourselves for that which we are not – the body/mind apparatus. This is the cause of all bondage. Self-inquiry will subdue that process of false identification, until all that remains is the “I am” alone. It is then that the Beyond may take over, leaving only a pristine state of freedom. Self-inquiry is the direct means to attain the non-dual Self that we already and forever are.
Topics:

  • The simplicity of living
    – Non-duality underlying duality
    – Embracing the flow of life wanting to ever expend through seeming duality
    – The wandering soul returning home
    – To see freedom within suffering
    – Life alone is the path
    – The difficulties of life from a place of Grace
Friday, October 23. Height class – PART FOUR
Topics:
  • Understanding oneself from a place of non-duality
    – The direct experience of “I am”
    – Self-inquiry as a means to render manifest the true “I”
    – How is non-duality viewing the mind
    – Acquiring the skills to master the mind
    – Understanding mind’s mechanic in order to properly use it
    – How identification with mind hinders the free flow of life
    – To subdue the thought patterns from a place of non-duality
    – Empowered liberation
Friday, October 16. Height class – PART THREE
Topics:
  • On the nature of self-knowledge
    – The “I am” as the doorway to self-realization
    – Awakening from the dream world of the “I-thought”
    – Consciousness as an evolutionary impulse to ever seek to know itself
    – Mistaking the “I am” for the “I am not”
    – Unveiling the inner knowing of the “I am”
    – We are not what we think we are, we are That which knows that “I am”
    – The two sadhanas: pre-sadhana and post-sadhana
Friday, October 9. Height class – PART TWO
Topics:

  • On the nature of the “I am”
    – Jnana yoga’s peculiarity as the means to directly address the “I am”
    – Jnana yoga’s purpose is to negate all that you are not in order to reveal the purity of the “I am”
    – The “I am” as being the only permanency in our experience
    – Self-inquiry as an inward turn of the mind as opposed to an analyze of its content
    – Tracing the mind’s first mode to its source
    – The world “is” because “I am”
  • On the nature of the Self
    – Understanding reality as being nothing other than the effulgent Self
    – Self-realization as being the only truth underlying our experience
    – The only purpose of all experience is to point at the Self
    – The “I am” as the doorway to the Self
    – Proper and persistent inquiry into the nature of “I am” leading to abiding realization of the Self
Friday, October 2. Height class – PART ONE
Topics:
  • Self-inquiry as a means to unveil the Self
  • Self-inquiry as a direct path
  • The Knowledge of the Self
  • Using the mind to go beyond mind
  • Self-inquiry as a means to go at the root of “I am”
  • Going beyond the mind’s content
  • Emptying the mind of its content
  • The true “I” versus the false “I”
  • The “I-I”


On the nature of Awakening (Sept classes)

Friday, September 25, Seventh class – PART FOUR

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

The nature of true Awakening is largely misunderstood. Some degree of awakening can shed light on the nature of reality, but a partial awakening can also lead to the most deceptive and delusional states of mind. The concept of awakening is often mistakenly conceived as a state that the individual may claim as his own, whereas the essence of awakening implies a surrender of self, which leads to a place of perfect union with the ultimate Reality. There are usually large gaps in between the various stages of intermittent awakening; these can be attributed to remaining tendencies of mind-body identification, and to the stages of integration and crystallization of an abiding awakening.

In and of itself, awakening does not pertain to the personal but to that which gives sentience to the personal. This is the evolutionary impulse of consciousness to realize itself by assuming the form of a wandering soul, to transit from the personal to the impersonal and back to its very source as the non-dual Self.

The practice of self-inquiry as a means of finding the Self is a direct method, in the sense that it addresses the fundamental question “Who am I”, until there remains the Knowing alone of that “I am”. The moment you start looking for the self and go deeper and deeper, the real Self is waiting there to take you in. Then whatever is done is done by something else and you have no hand in it. In this process, all seeking and concerns and doubts, are automatically given up, there remains consciousness as a whole, unfolding naturally, radiant and pure.
Topics:

  • On the nature of experience
    – Willingness to experience things as they are
    – Noticing all options available in our now experience
    – Celebrating the stillness in the midst of all experiences
    – Seeing experience as an announcement of liberation
    – The experience of ever expending within the non-experience
  • Inviting the unknown
    – Acknowledging the vastness of your own self
    – Noticing all is at rest
    – Effortlessly embracing the totality that we are
    – To let the unknown reveal all that is to be known
    – To unknown the field of our circumstance
  • Creating one’s reality
    – Ever attempting to push away or running towards what’s never here
    – We are the love we’re looking for
    – Releasing the energy of falsehood
    – Revealing the ever present infinite potential to ever create
    – The immanency of all possibilities in our hands
  • The energy of the unbound
    – Unbounded into the bounded
    – Not to be bound by anything
    – The one in the many and the many in the one
    – To see freedom within limitation and suffering
    – The option of being able to say yes to everything
  • Seamless dance of stillness
    – Naturally here and never anywhere else
    – Noticing the option of accepting life just as it is
    – Not being in the presence of benefits and efficiency
    – Having the option to relax any sense of altering anything at all
    – Being oneself regardless of not being oneself
Friday, September 18. Seventh class – PART THREE
Topics:
  • The objectified and non-objectified consciousness
    – The non-separation of the observer and the observed
    – Mind’s process of perceiving and creating objects as external to itself
    – The self’s only capacity to see itself as an other object
    – The non-objectified consciousness
    – The all encompassing nature of the Self
  • The illusion and reality of the world
    – The illusion of the world
    – The world that appears out there is the world within you
    – The world out there revolves around you
    – Because you are, the world is
    – The reality of the world as the Self
  • On the nature of experience
    – Seeking experience before knowing the experiencer
    – All experiences are contained within the experiencer
    – Changing and elevating the vibration of the experience
    – Parallel realities
    – The Self as the container of all actualized possibilities
Friday, September 11. Seventh class – PART TWO
Topics:
  • Knowledge and ignorance
    – Knowledge versus Being
    – Knowledge is not intelligence
    – Knowing and humility
    – The illusory and relative nature of knowledge
    – Self-inquiry as a means to unknown the self
  • The subtleties of awakening
    – The simplicity and immediacy of Being
    – Awakening and surrender
    – From mind to no-mind and to the beyond
    – Catching the mind at its root
    – The dream of awakening
  • The process of integration
    – Full acceptance of what is
    – Allowing oneself to be undefinable
    – The energy of non-division towards mind, heart and gut
    – Seeing the Divine within the mundane
    – Life is the path
    – The Non-Dual Self
Friday, September 4. Seventh class – PART ONE
Topics:
  • Awakening for whom
    – Partial awakening versus abiding awakening
    – The gravitational field of the dream world
    – Mind as a modulation of the true-identity
    – The illusion of personal awakening
  • Common transitional phases
    – Attempts of the “I” to reclaim itself or sabotage itself
    – Incorrect vision of the path
    – Fixation in the absolute view, stuck in meaninglessness or no-purpose, hiding and avoidance
  • Misunderstanding in practices
    – Taking the practices and experiences as the real
    – Grasping at the myth of awakening
    – Realizing the state of no-self while neglecting existence
    – Being stuck as the witness


Talk on Non-Duality. Aug 23, 2015

Location: Blessed Coast Festival
60001 Squamish Valley Road, Brackendale, BC CA


Psychology in the Light of Grace:

Friday, August 21. Sixth class

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

There is nothing to resolve on the level of the personal, because you are not the personal – you are That which is aware of the personal. All possible problems can only arise as a result of your identification with the personal, and yet, it is the impersonal that gives sentience to the personal. To see that you are the awareness of the personal, is to find freedom at the core of everything as it pertains to consciousness and existence; it is to unveil Grace as the underlying Truth in the midst of your daily living experience.
Topics:

  • Understanding the process of that which we believe to be ‘the mind’, and the limitations (and suffering) of the mind as the personal self
  • The mind’s never ending cycle of creating new problems over top of existing problems
  • Learning to see an end to all problems within the realm of the impersonal
  • Knowing the nature of the impersonal within the personal and (therefore) understanding that perceived problems never really existed
  • Our natural state of happiness
  • The descent of Grace

The Three Dimensions of Self

Friday, August 14. Fifth class

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

There are in effect many dimensions within consciousness: from the personal “acting out” (as separate from the impersonal), to the realization that it is only the impersonal which gives sentience to the personal; from the recognition of the omnipresence of the impersonal, to its perfected embodiment within the personal; the One Reality of consciousness and existence, radiating as Bliss.
Topics:

  • The Personal Self
    – How the personal self comes into place and creates the illusion of the world
    – The search for identity and purpose within the tangible
    – The dichotomy of subject vs object
  • The Transcendent Self
    – The recognition of the impersonal, which gives sentience to the personal
    – Practice as a means to assist the embodiment of the impersonal into the personal
    – Phases of embodiment of the impersonal
  • The One Self
    – Fusion of the personal with the impersonal
    – The union of Brahman, Atman and Creation
    – The reality of the beyond; the Parabrahman

The Embodiment of Truth

Friday, August 7. Fourth class

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Self-realization has always been viewed as something out of reach, either reserved for mystics, or merely under the promise of being attained, if only one would commit to a particular path or discipline, while subjecting oneself to delusion, servitude, mistrust and doubt.

In this class, we will understand that what we are assuming ourselves to be, does not exist. That which we refer to as one’s self, is nothing more than a mere construct of thoughts which veil the truth of who we fundamentally are.

We will discover that what we are looking for is already our reality. There is no doing and no achieving, because given that no one is left, we therefore cannot exist apart from That Reality. There remains only That Reality.
Topics:

  • The truth underlying consciousness and existence
  • The two practices. The pre-sadhanas and post-sadhanas.
    – Pre-Sadhanas: Awakening as an intermittent stage. Common pitfalls along the way.
    – Post-Sadhanas: Stabilization of awakening. Empowered liberation
  • Self-inquiry as a direct means to realize the Self.

The Blessings of Karma

Friday, July 31. Third class

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

It is karma which binds us into the realm of life and death, and karma comes from the belief that we are the doer. It is the doer who creates karma. In this class, we will come to the realization that there is no evidence that we are not already the freedom we are looking for, and are thereby effecting direct change into our experience. Because we create karma, we can change karma. The fact that we can change karma underlies the reality that we are already freedom itself, and that there exists neither karma, nor any doer. There is only freedom, and that freedom is reality itself; that which we are all seeking.
Topics:

  • How the notion of the doer comes into play and creates karma
  • How karma is held in consciousness and activated through the field of experiences
  • The purpose underlying the production of karma through the cycle of life and death
  • Karma from the point of view of the universal
  • Karma as a field of perspectives underlying both an involutionary and evolutionary process
  • Karma as a means for the impersonal to experience itself through the personal
  • The birth of the soul into the universal as the gateway to the Beyond
  • The practice of self-inquiry as a means of realizing the stateless state of the Beyond

The three stages of realization of the non-Dual Self

Friday, July 24. Second class

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Topics:

  • The belief of being the doer underlying the pursuit of the non-Dual Self
    – Understanding the subsequent process whereby identification with mind/body takes place
    – Examining the knowledge and recognition of the non-Dual Self as the background of experience
  • The culmination of realization of the non-Dual Self within experience

Jnana yoga (The path of Knowledge)

Friday, July 17. First class

Location: Sacred Space Studio, 3574 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Jnana yoga is the practice of inquiring into the nature of the self. This practice leads to Jnani, which is to acknowledge and ultimately abide as the non-Dual Self that we essentially are.
Topics:

  • The nature of self-inquiry as a direct path to self-realization
  • The two types of knowledge: Outer relative knowledge of mind/objects dichotomy versus universal, innate Knowledge of the non-Dual Self

Taking The Risk To Awaken

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Location & Reservation: Open Door Yoga – 1651 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC, CA

It is the impersonal which lives through the personal. The impersonal is timeless, and does not undergo any change, nor does it seek, or become. The impersonal simply IS. It is neither far away, nor divided from the present moment. To awaken is to see the end of the dream world of the personal, and to see the impersonal as the only underlying truth of life.
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Evening’s Satsang on Non-Duality. March 1, 2014

Location: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp – Sivananda Yoga, Quebec, CA


Evening’s Satsang on Non-Duality. Feb 1, 2014

Location: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp – Sivananda Yoga, Quebec, CA


Satsang on Non-Duality. Dec 7, 2013

Location: Retraite l’Ermitage, Quebec, CA