103. Greg Goode

Greg GoodeGreg is a teacher of nondualism well known for a breadth of expression and a sense of humor. Inspired by Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, Greg is one of the pioneers, along with Jean Klein and Francis Lucille, of “direct-path” style nondualism, a very intuitive, holistic and immediate form of Advaita. It was through contemplation on the teachings of Sri Atmananda that Greg’s own search came to its peaceful conclusion.

Having studied Western philosophy at the Universität zu Köln in Cologne, Germany, Greg received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. He studied Advaita Vedanta through the Chinmaya Mission, the Mahayana teachings of Pure Land Buddhism through Jodo-Shinshu, and studied Madhyamika Buddhism through the lineage of the pre-eminent scholar of Chinese Buddhism, Master Yin-Shun of Taiwan, P.R.C., author of The Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master.

Greg is the technical consultant for Philosophical Practice, the Journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. He is also the author of Nondualism in Western Philosophy, Standing as Awareness, the forthcoming The Direct Path: a User Guide, and the forthcoming Emptiness and Joyful Freedom.

Greg’s website: http://www.heartofnow.com

Greg’s new website on emptiness teachings. From the “About” page:
“Emptiness teachings are widely held to be liberating. The purpose of this site
is to present the wide variety of these teachings in a way that will help make
them accessible and relevant. We will feature scholarly, experiential and popular
approaches to the emptiness teachings, and we will honor the diversity of traditions
from which they flow. Our goal is to highlight the power and appeal of these
teachings so that they may do their work.”

Interview recorded 12/24/2011

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

139 thoughts on “103. Greg Goode

  1. **chuckee on January 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm said:
    “maybe i should say nothing is more important than anything ‘else’…. lest we start comparing nothing to anything”
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    ‘Enlightenment/Liberation’ – and talking about it – sure seems to be ‘more’ important to some folk – ha-ha!

    Sorry, Lucifer made me say that.
    It’s either Satan or Lucifer who sometimes tell me to write certain things on this web-site.
    I’ve told them both to go get a ‘real job’ – but if they wouldn’t listen to God, they sure ain’t gonna heed my advice.

    Anywhoo, jus’ bein’ silly.

    But..if everything is arising from Nothingness, then Nothing IS ‘more important’ than anything – cluck-cluck!

    “When walking, naught but Ch’an; when sitting,
    naught but Ch’an…..”

    “When fixing a muffler, naught but Ch’an.”
    “When building a chicken coup, naught but Ch’an.”
    “When tokin’ on doobie, naught but Ch’an.”
    “When being unliberated, naught but Ch’an.”
    ‘When listening to Lucifer or Satan, naught but Ch’an.”

    Oh well…you get the gist.

  2. For sure, the idea of ‘more important’ is of necessity a function of the idea of separation. If there truly is only ‘One’ it could only be more important than itself. And if there is only One ‘thing’ that can appear to be many separate things arising, whether it’s called no-thing, or everything, or some-thing, or _____(fill in the blank), it’s all the same ‘Thing’ — which of course is not a thing that can be languaged … gotta love it :]]

  3. This really enjoyable interview was like a small tip of an ice berg. Anybody interested in serious enquiry or going deep into the intellectual, would do well to go to Greg’s sight. His books are good and he’s got a new one coming out. I believe it will be like a practical tool.

    Talking about this stuff can go round and round because contradictions can always be found and pointed out.

    I’m full on with Brian as to the merits of enquiry. Only problem is some of us need to do stuff from acid to zen to get to a place, where attention can land and observe.

    Greg seems to be able to embrace all the twists and turns and navigate though it all leaving no stone unturned until what is, is left bare.

  4. Nicely languaged chuckee … This is one of the few interviews lately that I’ve watched twice — how’s that for two arising from one? ;-)

    Greg has a limitless way of expressing this, a totally open quality, allowing for all possibilities, which makes sense as the Unconditioned is reckoned. I’m still chewing over this little nugget: “If there can’t be more than one, there can’t be one …”

    Brilliant!

  5. Had a look at the Emptiness Teachings on Gregg’s site and although perhaps years of study would be required to fully comprehend this – I felt an intuitive sense of great beauty here in considering a lack of inherent existence, along with a dependent nature of existence that also has no inherent existence. No sense of Nihilism – due to the dependent nature of existence. Think I will enjoy the readings on his web-site is so far as I can understand them.

  6. ***chuckee on January 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm said:
    This really enjoyable interview was like a small tip of an ice berg. Anybody interested in serious enquiry or going deep into the intellectual, would do well to go to Greg’s sight.
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    Seriousness…hmmm….
    http://www.youtube.com/user/OSHOInternational

  7. yeh… i like that Greg’s Life includes heart & devotion… besides non-duality… perhaps he would agree with… Kahlil Gibran ~

    “Keep Me away from The Wisdom which Does not Cry…
    The Philosophy which Does not Laugh & …
    The Greatness which Does not Bow Before Children…”

  8. Thanks Anatol.

    “Whenever I come to the fountain to drink I find the living water itself thirsty and it drinks me while I drink it.”

  9. Greg goode:
    “The silent awareness in which all objects appear is the true nature of all things. Awareness says YES to everything. Even if a NO arises, awareness says YES to the NO. Awareness is without resistance, without limits or edges, without refusal and without obstruction. Awareness is not free, it is freedom itself. What we truly are is not the person but this awareness, this freedom.
    The person is never free.
    As awareness, we are never bound.”
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    Silent awareness is not the true nature of all things.

    There is no ‘we’ that are never bound.

    Why not say simply , “There is boundless awareness”.
    Many always have to tack-on: ‘We’ or ‘You’ are boundless awareness – this is an identification they can’t let go of or drop.
    The self always wants to be something grand, like ‘boundless awareness’.

  10. **anatol
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    I’ve read a slew of pros and cons about OSHO.
    So what, some dis him, some do not.
    The guy was hilarious and an original.

    Not your conservative, hugging, cup-o-tea, huh.

  11. Btw..did you personally know OSHO? If not, then you’re buying into others’ opinions of him, no?

  12. O boy Gerry aren’t we picky. Descriptives in this arena are a cluster fuck at best. We’re hosed brother!
    Now we got Anatol busting us for focusing on the wrong stuff.

    Anatol, do see the irony in what you just said? With the focus it would take to read that shit, one could have tumors. Bygones. He’s dead.

  13. **chuckee on January 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm said:
    “O boy Gerry aren’t we picky. Descriptives in this arena are a cluster fuck at best. We’re hosed brother!
    Now we got Anatol busting us for focusing on the wrong stuff.
    Anatol, do see the irony in what you just said? With the focus it would take to read that shit, one could have tumors. Bygones. He’s dead.”
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    Your hilarious chuckee…we are lotsa times fuck-cluck chickens of the same feathers!
    Yeah, some people get outraged by OSHO’s outrageousness.
    There’s an interview with one of OSHO’s long-time associates – actually, his bodyguard for 9 yrs – on Conscious.TV.
    You get a view of two aspects of OSHO:
    http://conscious.tv/lifestories.html?bcpid=21639767001&bclid=22539533001&bctid=807857027001

  14. Captain B – one of my favs.

    Lick My Decals Off, Baby

    I Wanna Find Me A Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Until I Have To Go

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