Direct Path Teachers
Goode - Greg is a Doctor of Western philosophy
as well as a self-realised teacher of Advaita and
Buddhism and is equally at home with all approaches.
He sees straight to the heart of a problem and explains
the solution with insight, clarity and humour. He
is a qualified Philosophical Counsellor in New York,
where he also holds satsangs.
Greg also has a page on Sri Atmananda, which discusses the fundamentals of the direct path, such as how it starts by bringing the universal under the individual, how it establishes the witness, how the witness stabilizes, and how it finally dissolves into pure consciousness. There is also an audio interview with Greg on the direct path and a link to download a free copy of Atmananda's NOTES FROM SPIRITUAL DISCOURSES.
mind, memory, body and world appear
as thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
These appearances are all arisings
appearing in consciousness -- Awareness.
Arisings cannot reach outside themselves.
They cannot point to each other,
touch each other or contain each
other. It is only memory that indicates
that there has ever been another
arising. But memory itself is nothing
more than an arising. It cannot
truly point backwards or forwards
to anything. So there is truly
no proof that there have ever been
even two arisings. If there cannot
be two arisings, how can there
be one? What is left? Awareness,
our true nature."
Klein is remembered by the Jean Klein Foundation
in Santa Barbara, California. Books, videos and cassettes
may be ordered. Newsletters are published three times
per year to members ($35 min US; $40 Overseas). All
of his books have recently been republished by Non-Duality
Press. See Recommended
Books for more details.
"You are perfect; uncover the person
who feels something is missing, and what remains is
perfection. … Leave the mind and body free to
be what they are and you will no longer be their slave."
Atmananda Krishna Menon was the guru of Jean Klein
and, to a lesser extent Francis Lucille (who never
actually met him). He is the author of two short but
extremely potent books on 'direct-path' Advaita (see
the section on Recommended
Books) as well as extensive but currently out-of-print
dialogues. There is a short biography of him at this
site and an extensive presentation
of his teaching from Ananda Wood.
"The attribution of reality to
things which rise in thoughts is the cause of all
The tradition of Jean Klein
is carried on by Francis
Lucille. This web site contains details of his
retreats, extracts from dialogues etc. and tapes,
videos and CDs may be purchased.
"I feel that there is still, in
you, some waiting for an event called 'enlightenment'
at the end of a purification process. See the absurdity
of this. It is more of the same game of rejecting
the now. Consciousness is here and now. You are that,
here and now and forever. Whatever may come up in
the future can only be an illusion. That which is
real doesn't come and go. It will not arise in the
future. It is now and forever."
Read the dialogue with Francis: 'Types
Spira is a student of Francis Lucille. His
website is entitled 'Contemplating the Nature of Experience'
and provides details of meetings in Shropshire and
London. A number of talks (meditations) may be downloaded
or purchased on CD. His book 'The Transparency of
Things: A collection of contemplative essays and conversations'
is published Nov. 2008. Read an
extract from the book.
"Consciousness knows a thing
by being that thing. Happiness or Peace is the name
we give to this experience of the identity of Knowing
"There are never two things in our actual experience.
"Consciousness cannot know anything other than itself,
and in the knowing of anything it is always only knowing
"The experience of Consciousness
knowing itself and being itself are one and the
Michael Damian, PhD is a psychologist and spiritual teacher, whose lifelong love of truth inspired a journey through poetry, music and psychology, culminating in the direct teachings of non-dual wisdom. Michael's first book is The Art of Freedom: A Guide to Awakening (2017). Michael lives in Northern California and is an avid cyclist.
"The joy of freedom is that it is uncaused and unadorned. Freedom is the open sky of reality, full of birds, clouds and rain which are not separate from it. And joy is the sunlight, a benevolence that pervades each appearance in the mind or senses. To be innocent in this freedom is the consummation of human knowledge and the fulfillment of all experience."
Another direct disciple
of Sri Atmamanda is Ananda Wood. Though he does not advertise
himself as a teacher, he is the author of a number of books
and many wonderful essays. He is also chief moderator of the
Advaitin E-group for 2008. See the details of his books
and essays and
his series on the teaching of Sri
Atmananda Krishna Menon.