A.H. Almaas Lecture Series

Nisargadatta: Neglected Teachings

Date/Time: March 13, 10am -11:30am Pacific

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Nisargadatta Maharaj’s famous tome I Am That, first published in 1973, describes a path to self-realization through non-identification. He was a member of a particular lineage and received teachings and instructions from his guru, and then went on a personal quest before settling to teach. I Am That remains a popular book—and although he died 40 years ago, Nisargardatta is well-known these days as a pioneering teacher of nonduality.

Yet, this framework of being a nondual teacher often neglects his unique understanding of the Absolute, the expansive ground of ultimate reality. While his readers focus on achieving pure nondual awareness, less attention is usually paid to how Nisargadatta went further still, to the source of awareness. And also there is no clear understanding of his instructions of how to realize this absolute nature.

It is easy to latch onto various ideas about the “I am” that Nisargardatta’s writings focus on, but these ideas lead at best to a partial understanding, and more often to confusion.

In this lecture, Almaas will carefully investigate Nisargadatta’s experience of “I am,” pure awareness, and the Absolute, in order to clarify an understanding of his teaching and bring appreciation and greater precision to the levels of self-realization that can be achieved by spiritual practitioners. This is an important understanding that is missing in many nondual teachings.

The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes followed by a question and comment period.

About the Speaker

A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)A. Hameed Ali was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the US to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his PhD in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him to inquire into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature rather than the physical nature of the universe. He left the academic world to pursue an in-depth journey of inner discovery, applying his scientific precision and discipline to personal, experiential research. This included study with different teachers in different modalities, extensive reading, and continuous study of his own consciousness in an effort to understand the essential nature of human experience and reality in general. Hameed’s process of exploration led to the creation of the Ridhwan School and, with Karen Johnson, resulted in the founding and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach. He is an author of over 19 different books.

Registration Information

Lecture: Nisargadatta: Neglected Teachings

Date/Time: March 13, 10am-11:30am Pacific

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