121. Sundance Burke

Sundance BurkeSundance Burke, Spiritual Teacher and Author, was born in Seattle, Washington under the given name, Donald Russell Burke III. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Gonzaga School of Law. Sundance is a former lawyer and businessman. He is the father of two children and the grandfather of three.

Sundance Burke is the author of Free Spirit: A Guide to Enlightened Being, published in 2008. He offers public talks, meditation gatherings, video recordings, private meetings, intensive workshops and retreats for those who long to awaken from the fearful dream of human separation and suffering.

While traveling for law business in 1982, Sundance was graced with the profound spiritual experience of being the loving witness to the mind’s dream of personal existence. This awareness of impersonal being completely shattered his former understanding of self-identity and the nature of his world. In the years that followed, he found himself undertaking an intense inward journey into the heart of this realization.

In 1988, he met his future wife and teaching partner, Katie Davis, who had similarly experienced the miracle of Self-liberation. Recognizing their meeting as sacred, Sundance and Katie committed their lives to deepening in loving presence. An inseparable spirit, they adventured the awakening in private until 1999 and then began to share the Truth of Being from their home. Soon, they were accepting invitations to travel throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

In 2004, Sundance and Katie moved to Maui to marry and write the realization of Beloved Being. Sitting side by side, their books took form and expression. Currently, they are again residing in the Seattle area and they continue to point to our True Presence, as conscious freedom and causeless joy. Katie Davis is the author of Awake Joy: The Essence of Enlightenment. Interviews with Sundance and Katie about awakening are included in the recently published book, Conversations on Non-Duality; Twenty-six Awakenings.

Sundance says, “Your being is not a personal or temporary existence. You are the very consciousness manifesting this life. Thus, you naturally love and embrace every perceived experience without fear. Unborn…you are timelessly awake for all the comings and goings within your conscious presence. Just by the mere turning of your attention to its source and foundation, you can awaken unto the truth of who you really are.”

The AWAKE SPIRIT TEACHINGS of Sundance and Katie have helped many people throughout the world to find inner peace, wise love and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of this teaching is a spiritual awakening that transcends the ego-based state of consciousness into the harmony and unity of pure awareness, a field of infinite possibility and the sacred heart of all Being.

Interview recorded 5/5/2012.

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

40 thoughts on “121. Sundance Burke

  1. Good detective work Rick. Also, CM was born in 1934, and by the age of 32 had spent more than half his life in prison … just doesn’t jibe

  2. Nice interview Rick and Sundance. Really enjoyed it. Katie’s too. Many thanks.

  3. From Sundance: “Right here you can appreciate why teachers do not like to share PAST experiences, which in PRESENCE are nothing but imagination (Mental Demons/Delusions). Only PRESENCE is real, this moment, now. The very idea that you show doubt on this indicates the severity of our deluded sense of reality. All judgment is based upon the graveyard of memory. Judges never see the being before them, they only see the story. Sad but true. Satoshi is Japanese as my book states quite clearly.”

  4. “Judges never see the being before them, they only see the story.”


  5. For sure the *past* is quite irrelevant and any speculation about it can only serve to perpetuate the tendency of the mind toward story-creation and judgement. Nevertheless, best it is put to rest before the story/delusion takes on a momentum of its own, and becomes an even greater distraction.

  6. At the present moment (which is the only moment there is), the above pointing finger is spot on. True be That, Eric.

    But an interesting thing happens when we introduce CM’s “past” into the mix: we create difference and/or separation between him and many of us.

    Suggesting that stories tend to differentiate us more than One-ify us.

  7. Yes, ultimately, even the stories are nothing other than *That.* Not inherently problematic, they can have their own beauty, and can be quite enjoyable and even instructive; and of course there are those rare stories that promote unicity. But insofar as a story arises from an exclusive identification with egoic separateness, then it seems they usually tend to promote moral judgement, hierarchies of worthiness, segregation, fear-mongering, etc, and thus are at the root of all conflict and suffering. So, in a way we could say, ‘no story, no problem.’ But as story-creating creatures, it does seem to be a never-ending story. Hopefully, more and more, it will become a story of Cosmic Wholeness, told in full awareness of what we All are.

  8. Stories are rarely divisive.

    What makes ‘em potentially a tool of division is the addition of “my” and “your”.

    “So what’s YOUR story?” is not an uncommon question in many places.

    Suggesting that we are our stories (identification).

    What if the question became otherwise:

    “do you have a story for our amusement and/or edification?”

  9. re: “I am That, Thou art That, Charlie Manson is nothing other than That.”

    So then, maybe, instead of posting Ramana quotes here, we should be posting Charlie Manson quotes?

    or, maybe, every now & again, the distinction (how illusory, ultimately) between “absolute truth” & “relative truth” actually serves a useful function ….. ?

  10. “…maybe, every now & again, the distinction…between “absolute truth” & “relative truth” actually serves a useful function…” ~ Mila

    The more the better, I’d say….but I’d stick with the Ramana quotes.

  11. “The more the better, I’d say….but I’d stick with the Ramana quotes.”

    Yes, me too, Steve :D — and exactly my point.

    While there is no difference, essentially, between Ramana & Mr. Manson, it’s really useful to make a distinction between these apparently-two emanations of a not-two Source. As per Erick’s earlier discussion of black holes & degrees of obstruction of the Light ….. Ramana’s degree of transparency is/was extremely high; & Manson’s (I’m assuming) much lower.

    The words of a being transparent to Light/Source are words-of-Light, the Light embodied in rhythm, tone & meaning.

  12. “The words of a being transparent to Light/Source are words-of-Light…”

    Yes, and making the distinction between relative and Absolute, is how we can come to know ourselves as the Light/Source. Ramana came to know himself as Self, by seeing that he wasn’t the body that was born and will die.

  13. “Yes, and making the distinction between relative and Absolute, is how we can come to know ourselves as the Light/Source. Ramana came to know himself as Self, by seeing that he wasn’t the body that was born and will die.”

    Yes indeed …. though at least according to some ways of telling the story, this kind of distinction between Ultimate Self & relative bodymind is just a kind of halfway house — since how could a view which clings to such a distinction properly be called “nonduality”?

  14. Yes, there are different ways of telling the story. In the way I subscribe to, the distinction is made between the finite/changing and Infinite/Unchanging, only to point to Who We Are…That which is free of all distinctions.

    I think we agree? :)

  15. On the one hand, telling the story seems useless as it was never our story in the first place and yet for those still struggling with the idea, hearing the story brings hope that “their story” will have a similar ending particularly when the events that took place ressemble those that they seem to be going through.

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