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What is Non-Duality?


Non-duality, also known as Advaita in Hinduism, is a spiritual philosophy that emphasizes the unity and oneness of all things. It is a fundamental concept that is found in many spiritual traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta, Zen Buddhism, and Dzogchen in Tibetan Buddhism.

Non-duality holds that there is only one underlying reality, and that all things in the universe, including individuals, are ultimately part of that one reality. This means that the individual self and the universe are not separate entities, but are ultimately one and the same.

The key tenet of non-duality is the idea that the sense of separation between the individual self and the universe is an illusion, known as Maya in Hinduism and Sunyata in Buddhism. This illusion is caused by the mind's tendency to impose concepts, judgments and labels onto reality, leading to a sense of separation and duality.

Non-duality teaches that the ultimate goal is to transcend this illusion of separation and realize the oneness of all things. This can be achieved through various spiritual practices such as self-enquiry, meditation, and mindfulness.

Self-enquiry is a practice where an individual reflects on the nature of the self and ultimately question the existence of a separate self. Through this practice, one can realize the non-dual nature of reality and the interconnectedness of all things.

Meditation is also a powerful tool to help individuals transcend the illusion of separation and reach a state of non-duality. Through meditation, one can focus the mind, quiet the mind and observe the nature of reality, leading to a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all things.

Mindfulness, the practice of being present in the moment and non-judgmentally observing one's thoughts and feelings can also help individuals to realize the interconnectedness of all things and the illusion of separation.

Non-duality also emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and the idea that everything is interconnected. This understanding can lead to a deep sense of compassion and empathy for others, and a strong desire to help others, as well as oneself.

It's worth noting that Non-dual teachings can be complex and can take time to understand, and that different traditions and teachers may have different approaches and emphasis. It's important to research, read and explore different resources and try different practices, to find the teachings that resonate with you and to understand that different paths can lead to the same destination, the realization of non-duality.


Nicolas Belliot


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