553. Dorothy Hunt, 2nd Interview

Dorothy HuntDorothy Hunt serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti.  She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has practiced psychotherapy since 1967. She is the author of Leaves from Moon Mountain, Only This!, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness. A contributing author to The Sacred Mirror, and Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Dorothy is also a featured spiritual teacher in the book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom: The Feminine Face of Awakening.

Dorothy has a long and deep connection to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-Inquiry, as well as the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita, and the Christian mystics.  In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited beyond identification with either the absolute or relative, finding freedom in what is awake in each of us regardless of the changing faces of experience. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere by invitation.

For more information, visit www.dorothyhunt.org

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First BatGap interview with Dorothy Hunt.

This interview was recorded May 11, 2020, as part of an online conference offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference, held May 17-23, entitled Wisdom in Times of Crisis. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content.

Transcript of this interview.

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

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:02:19 – “Ending the Search, From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness”
  • 00:03:52 – Trying New Things and Keeping the Brain Lively
  • 00:05:17 – Accepting Our Humanness
  • 00:07:09 – Seeing the World as Yourself
  • 00:09:01 – Transformation on a Global Level
  • 00:10:26 – Awakening to True Nature
  • 00:12:19 – Embracing the Shadow Places
  • 00:13:52 – Embracing Growth and Continuous Improvement
  • 00:15:33 – The Power of the Story
  • 00:17:16 – Connecting to the Deepest Dimension
  • 00:18:43 – Finding Balance Amidst Fear and Anxiety
  • 00:20:37 – Finding Peace in the Midst of a Storm
  • 00:22:11 – The temporary clearing of the environment
  • 00:23:48 – The Uncertainty of the Future
  • 00:25:27 – Embracing Impermanence and Paradox
  • 00:27:07 – The Intensity of Dreams and Collective Consciousness
  • 00:28:52 – A Time of Forced Retreat and Contemplation
  • 00:30:41 – Reflections on a Different Experience
  • 00:32:18 – The Power of Silence and Deep Peace
  • 00:33:56 – Grounding in Inner Peace and Collective Consciousness
  • 00:35:43 – Making Spiritual Progress
  • 00:37:25 – Shifting attention to the deeper dimensions
  • 00:39:05 – Experiencing True Nature
  • 00:40:40 – Connecting to Spirit through Different Practices
  • 00:42:26 – “Do the Next Obvious Thing”: Embracing Natural Meditation
  • 00:43:52 – The Silence in the Midst of Noise
  • 00:45:18 – Exploring the Inner Silence
  • 00:47:05 – The Fear of Being Nobody
  • 00:48:51 – Motherhood of the Divine
  • 00:50:53 – Wrapping Up the Talk

489. Miranda Macpherson, 2nd Interview

Miranda MacphersonMiranda Macpherson began her spiritual journey at the age of thirteen when, amidst a period of clinical depression, she was spontaneously opened into a profound state of boundless love. That experience initiated a lifelong dedication to spiritual practice, psychological depth, and the study of the world’s wisdom traditions. Her travels took her from her native Australia to the United Kingdom, where after completing seminary training, she founded the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation in London, at the request of her teacher. Over the next decade, Miranda trained and ordained more than six hundred interfaith ministers and spiritual counselors.

In 2005, a seismic shift occurred that changed the course of Miranda’s life. While meditating in a cave in India that was once home to the revered sage Sri Ramana Maharshi, she experienced a direct transmission of the true nature of reality that required total surrender. In the wake of this, Miranda found herself again moving to a new continent, this time the United States. There, in the years it took to integrate this opening, a body of teachings on Grace and Ego Relaxation began to emerge that brings ancient wisdom alive for our changing times.

Today, Miranda is known for her depth of presence and gift for guiding others into direct experience of the sacred. Miranda leads the Living Grace sangha in Marin and Sonoma counties, holds retreats internationally, and offers online programs through the Shift Network. Unapologetically feminine, joyful, and down to earth in her way of being, Miranda is dedicated to loving people all the way back into the freedom and wholeness of their true nature. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Bob Duchmann.

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Website: http://mirandamacpherson.com

Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded February 4, 2019

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

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:03:57 – The Relevance of Ancient Wisdom
  • 00:07:52 – Ego Relaxation and the Sense of Time
  • 00:11:39 – Introduction and Bio of Miranda Macpherson
  • 00:15:25 – Awakening to the Fullness of Being
  • 00:19:37 – The Infinite Ways of Realization
  • 00:23:28 – The Window Panes of Ultimate Reality
  • 00:27:11 – Healing and Transformation through Grace
  • 00:31:19 – The Sweet State of Ego Relaxation
  • 00:35:24 – Living in Alignment with Grace
  • 00:39:38 – The Blessings of Grace
  • 00:43:32 – Opening ourselves to beings of higher consciousness
  • 00:47:27 – Perpetual Ascension and Spiritual Ego
  • 00:51:23 – The Paradox of Spiritual Practice
  • 00:55:04 – Cultivating Virtues: Trust and Humility
  • 01:00:00 – The Fulfillment of Life and the Richness of Life
  • 01:03:08 – Surrender and Accountability
  • 01:06:54 – The Challenge of Surrender and Relaxation
  • 01:10:57 – Surrendering to the Way
  • 01:14:57 – Moving with Life
  • 01:18:38 – Finding Stability in Uncertain Times
  • 01:22:12 – Placing Faith in Humanity
  • 01:26:13 – Relaxing into Truth
  • 01:30:05 – The Partnership between Horse and Man
  • 01:33:59 – The Healing Power of Forgiveness
  • 01:38:02 – Right Action from Being
  • 01:41:44 – The Paradox of Ego and Passivity
  • 01:45:46 – Recognizing and Befriending Our Primal Drives
  • 01:49:38 – Practical Meditation Techniques and Practices
  • 01:53:07 – Resources and Online Courses
  • 01:56:42 – Music Intro

463. Kosi, 2nd Interview

Kosi SunyataKosi is a Direct Path Advaita Vedanta Satsang Teacher in the Śiva Kaśyapa Lineage. This teaching is powerful support for a dynamic shift in your consciousness from the fear, sadness, anger, anxiety, and frustration of your mind to the indescribable peace and happiness of your heart. Satsang with Kosi is an extremely potent initiation and transmission of the non-dual teaching of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi and her holiness Sri Amma Karunamayi.

Websites:

She is the author of:

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Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded July 21, 2018.

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

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:04:44 – The Journey to Arunachala and the Mystical Experience with Ramana Maharshi
  • 00:09:49 – A Mystical Encounter with Ramana Maharshi
  • 00:14:35 – The Visceral Experience of the Mountain
  • 00:19:36 – Kosi-Sunyata: The Spiritual Practice of Taking on an Indian Name
  • 00:24:38 – Meeting Gangaji and the Dalai Lama
  • 00:29:39 – The Confusion of Mystical Experiences
  • 00:34:10 – Turning Within for Fulfillment
  • 00:38:49 – The Lineage of Ramana Maharshi and the Divine Feminine
  • 00:43:39 – Awakening, Liberation, and Self-Realization
  • 00:48:15 – The Genetic Mind and Self-Inquiry
  • 00:51:52 – The Challenge of Staying in the Self
  • 00:55:18 – The Danger of Placing Teachers on Pedestals
  • 00:58:53 – Betrayal and Transition
  • 01:02:23 – The Sacred Cow Shed and Ramana’s Prophecy
  • 01:06:15 – The Manifestation of Shiva
  • 01:10:00 – The Power of Mantra
  • 01:13:35 – The Science Behind Mantras and Practices
  • 01:17:02 – The Variety of Spiritual Practices and Techniques
  • 01:20:22 – The Awakening Experience
  • 01:23:53 – The Integration of Activity and Awakening
  • 01:27:15 – The quest for maintaining realization
  • 01:30:39 – The Drawing of the Self in 3D
  • 01:33:59 – The Tariya State and the Seed Letters of OM
  • 01:37:46 – The Power of the AUM Sound and Mantras
  • 01:41:56 – The Radical Return to Effort and Perseverance
  • 01:45:28 – Falling through the trap door of reflective consciousness
  • 01:48:35 – Ramana Maharshi’s Genius Drawing
  • 01:51:47 – Culturing the Habit of Liberation
  • 01:55:05 – The importance of consistency and application
  • 01:58:20 – Concluding Remarks