Spiritual Transmission and Life After Awakening--nondual retreat | Jon Bernie





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Published on Jun 18, 2014

Nondual spiritual teacher and former Zen monk Jon Bernie talks about spiritual awakening and life after awakening during this opening talk at a day-long retreat in Sebastopol, California, 2014. Topics: fear of loosing your spiritual experience, increased sensitivity, the insecurity of the mind, the desire to understand with the mind, having compassion & forgiveness for our human conditioning, noticing where you are resisting, spiritual transmission as a kind of permeable resonance. "Atoms are space and energy...awareness is that space and energy...that permeable Beingness." This satsang video has closed captions/subtitles in English.

Jon Bernie is a contemporary, nondual teacher who offers a compassionate, heart-centered approach to spiritual awakening, providing guidance on re-aligning with the already enlightened state that is our essential nature. He has four decades of practice and study in the Zen, Theravada Buddhist & Advaita traditions. A series of early awakening experiences as a teenager led Jon to ordain as a Zen monk in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and subsequently to the practice of retreat-based Vipassana (insight meditation) as an early student of mindfulness meditation teacher Jack Kornfield.

Jon’s spiritual trajectory was profoundly altered by meeting Jean Klein, an accomplished teacher of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Yoga, with whom he studied for an extended period. Jon subsequently spent time with H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji) and Robert Adams, both direct disciples of Ramana Maharshi. Jon’s spiritual development was also greatly aided by his decades-long relationship with Brother David Steindl-Rast, who, along with Thomas Merton, was one of the first Christian monks to seriously practice in the Zen and Tibetan traditions. Jon was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002.

In addition to his work as a nondual spiritual teacher, Jon is also an experienced healer and teacher of somatic embodiment, trained in the Alexander Technique, Zero Balancing, and the Qigong system of Dr. Yu Penxi. He works closely with individuals to facilitate consciousness development and deep emotional healing.

Jon offers satsang and meditation retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally.

Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview: https://youtu.be/_Qcqibxc-6c
Living From Love online retreat with Grace Bubeck: https://youtu.be/04K4YXnAJwM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonbernie1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonbernie

These nondual teachings are similar to Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing, Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, Byron Katie, Craig Holliday, Jeff Foster, Bentinho Massaro, Rupert Spira, Gangaji, Jack Kornfield and speakers at the Science and Nonduality Conference.


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