095. Rupert Spira

Rupert SpiraFrom an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of P.D.Ouspensky, J.Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1996. Francis introduced Rupert to the teachings of Jean Klein and Atmanada Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

His two books, The Transparency of Things, (sub-titled Contemplating the Nature of Experience), and Presence, in two volumes (The Art of Peace and Happiness and The Intimacy of All Experience), are a profound exploration of the non-dual nature of experience.

Rupert’s YouTube Channel. Interviews can be listened to here and watched here.

Rupert lives in UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and USA.

For all further information see http://www.rupertspira.com.

Interview recorded 11/6/2011.

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

32 thoughts on “095. Rupert Spira

  1. Mr. Spira offers some lovely observations. At the same time, he is prone to offering a tone that is contrarian or hyper where instead simple quite clarification will do quite fine.

  2. this is one of the clearest expressions of true nature i’ve had the pleasure of experiencing.

    rupert’s skillful explanation of the non-separation between “experiencer” and “experience” has really helped me bridge the gap between the concept of non-duality and the living, intimate experience of it.

  3. If I remember correctly, Rick’s ingenuousness had Rupert on the back foot and he didn’t like it. His party trick didn’t work on Rick and I could sense a tad of irritation in Rupert’s voice as he tried to bully Rick into submission.

  4. Thanks for a fantastic interview, Rick. I found Rupert’s presentation style to be really clear. One thing missing for me was an explanation of what has motivated him to move away from ceramics and into teaching.

  5. I agree with Marcus’ comment, Richard Langs teachings based on Douglas Hardings “headless method” compliment the teaching of Rupert Spira and can assist in developing insight into what Rupert is saying.

  6. I loved this interview. When you asked about why the world has this global view of looking at similar things ,i.e. stopping at traffic lights etc… It brought to mind in ” the bleep” the discovery of Christopher Columbus ,where his ships were on the horizon and because the people had never seen ships before -they couldn’t see them! until the chief started to look and after a time he could see them and as they trusted him- they too started to see the same.

  7. I love Rupert Spira’s other videos and I think he is one of the best at explaining non-duality in practical terms. But I agree, he did seem kind of hyper and almost anxious during the interview with Rick

  8. Perhaps the best interview here. Such clarification of reality, the stages in realization, and the different approaches to non-duality teaching. Wonderful.

  9. 1 hour – 5 minutes in – things got interesting – what he does not attend to IMHO – is how this “awakened insight” stands up to potential unfamiliar intensification – there is almost no awakening that is an endpoint – and there is almost always very intense shadow material waiting in the dark to test the validity and strength of that awakening – for want of a better way of putting it- the awakened heart ultimately has to encounter the archetypal grief- terror – desire for power – manipulative trickiness – dishonesty – lust etc etc – and awareness has to navigate this territory – on an ongoing basis – to be truly authentic – so for me – high quality pointing out instruction – but overall a little bit too clean cut to be comprehensive – these guys all need peers to watch their back – loners are in a weak position me thinks.

  10. Just watched and listened to this interview with Rupert on Evolutionary_Mystic Post and found your site. Thank you. Very clear teaching out of what looks separate and is not separate; awareness itself, belongs to no one..

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