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: greg-goode.com

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.”

Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded 12/24/2011

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

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Technical Difficulties
  • 00:03:04 – Ethical Dilemmas and Non-dualism
  • 00:06:13 – Exploring Non-Doership & Personal Spiritual Journey
  • 00:10:31 – Transitioning from Pentecostal Christianity to Mystical Traditions
  • 00:14:48 – The Exploration of Spiritual Texts
  • 00:19:28 – The Search for Identity and Purpose
  • 00:22:52 – The Vanishing of Identity
  • 00:25:46 – The Distinction between Concepts and Experience
  • 00:28:22 – The Different Paths of Yoga
  • 00:31:38 – No Personal Identity
  • 00:35:34 – Riding Fixed Gear Track Bikes in the City
  • 00:38:46 – The Arising of Thought and Memory
  • 00:41:20 – The Illusion of Access and Oneness
  • 00:44:32 – The Non-Existence of Arisings
  • 00:46:45 – Grounded in Understanding Experience
  • 00:49:46 – The Influence of Teachings on Language
  • 00:53:34 – Stagnation in Non-Dual Discussion Groups
  • 00:57:37 – The Power of Presence for Spiritual Transformation
  • 01:00:24 – Embracing Feminine Integration and Relationships
  • 01:02:44 – Non-Duality and Devotion
  • 01:06:02 – The Phenomenon of Devotion
  • 01:07:50 – The Power of Devotion
  • 01:10:06 – The Visual Presence of the Holy Ghost
  • 01:12:19 – The Diversity of Spiritual Perspectives
  • 01:15:12 – Exploring Continuous Growth and Finality in Experience
  • 01:18:57 – The Rigidity of Language and Alternative Teachings
  • 01:22:08 – Ramana Maharshi’s Visits and the Afterlife of Greg Good
  • 01:25:14 – Exploring Continuity of Individuality
  • 01:30:04 – A Conversation with an Open Mind
  • 01:32:45 – The Shift from Awareness to Clarity
  • 01:35:11 – Farewell and Music