White Robed Monks of St. Benedict

Nonduality

Peace. But a reflection
offered by the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict
upon speaking about Nonduality. Peace and Joy!

You should therefore cease from practice
based upon intellectual understanding,
pursuing words and following after speech,
and learn the backward step
that turns your light inwardly
to illuminate your self.
Body and mind of themselves will drop away,
and your original face will be manifest.

Fukanzazengi

Unless you have the mind of a child,
you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven

(Matthew 18:1-4)
What is the mind of a child, but
non-dual.

Applied Phenomenology: Nondual Perspective
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2017 SAND Conference Theme: The Emergent Universe
PRESENTATION ABSTRACT: A Phenomenology of an Emergent Universe: A Resolution to the Human Condition
Join with Father Abbot Robert, O.S.B. (Presenter)

Science and Nonduality Conference
Dolce Hayes Mansion
San Jose, CA

CONFERENCE DATES: October 18 thru 22, 2017
Presentation Date: 21 October, 2017
Presentation Time: 5:00 PM
Presentation Location: Medrone Room

Past SAND Presentations offered by Fr. Abbot Robert OSB

ANNOUNCEMENT: Awaken Your Natural Mind of A Child
Join with Father Abbot Robert, O.S.B. (Presenter) to re-learn:
How to re-awaken your natural mind of a child! - How to ease your day!!

Date/Time: TBD
Place: TBD

In the Christian tradition exists a field of endeavor that tradition has termed Systematic Theology. Creators and perpetrators of Systematic Theology attempt in part to do what they admit is, in human fact/experience, impossible: to systematically explicate the nature, existence, and essence of God. They apparently do so in order to make God more understandable for the benefit of the reader or the believer or the person who donates to the cause. In all fairness, is it not part of the human condition to create for that which has no order in itself? Thus does the human being have some sense of control over that which s/he does not either understand or comprehend? And is it not also so that the more one tries to explain the impossible, the more speculative does the situation become? Fights ensue, People die. (c.f. Religious Wars throughout Human History as found, for example, in the Old Testament and the Inquisition.

So in the best of very good/healthy humor, we will now embark upon the impossible: to describe/define nonduality.> Please smile along with us as we follow the proverbial yellow brick road to Nirvana, if not Heaven or, at least, the Wizard's lair.

  1. Our first stop for definitions/insights into Nonduality is the Web itself:
  2. Our second stop for definitions/insights into Nonduality takes form in the
  3. Our third stop for definitions/insights into Nonduality takes form in the fanciful perspective of
  4. Our fourth stop for definitions/insights into Nonduality takes form in the fanciful perspective of the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict:
    The Zen robe chant contains the phrase: from a field far beyond form and emptiness. And such may be the mind of a child (Matthew 18:1-4), which till about the age of 5, absorbs all experienced reality wholistically, without distinction really between self-other - AH HAH!! - a dualistic way of being. This dualistic way of being we take to be the norm: just the way things are or are not. We forget that we are just making all of this up in our own heads via perception (light wave → pupil → rods/cones → (transduction=electro chemical impulses) → optic nerve → area 17 of brain (we create the image, albeit upside down through which we use our pre-fontal lobe to turn right side up). Is it happening? Well, yes and no - depending upon how one elects/chooses to interpret is and it and happening. And from whence to we interpret? Etc. (Of course, such a question begs the question in that the question assumes there is a place from which as interpret and that we interpret as well. And such may be the field far beyond form and emptiness. Who knows? (assuming of course there is a who and a knowing)
  5. Our fifth stop for definitions/insights into Nonduality takes form in the equally fanciful and poetic take from the perspective of the Zen Tradition itself in the form of the
  6. Our sixth stop for definitions/insights into Nonduality takes form in how one might identify or unfold such nonduality by a means or method put such as, among others, forth in:
  7. Our seventh and last stop for definitions/insights into Nonduality takes form in how such nonduality might be lived-out in conventional reality:
OM SHANTI

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