Posted by: adbhutam | August 31, 2009

Advaita and Science – VIII . First Annual Conference on Science &Nonduality

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By Thomas Herold in Learning on July 10th, 2009 / No Comments

The first annual conference on Science and Nonduality to be held in San Rafael October 21-24, 2009 has announced details of its speaker lineup. The conference will bring together authorities in Western science and Eastern metaphysics to explore areas of mutual interest and inquiry around the topic of nonduality. An outstanding program is taking shape.

The Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference will be joining the Science and Nonduality Conference and will be offering CEUs. Over the course of 5 days there will be 13 Pre-Conference Workshops, 20 Plenary Speakers, Poster Sessions and over 40 concurrent sessions including presentations by many recognized experts.

In addition to formal presentations the conference will feature a nonduality-themed film series, art installations, a section to experience nondual reality through meditation, art, dance, hypnosis, and music, and various social events.

Two days of workshops will precede the conference, including presentations by Peter Russell, Amit Goswami, Fred Alan Wolf, Daniel Pinchbeck, Stuart Hameroff, Henry Stapp, Bernard Baars, Stephen Wolinsky and others.

Nonduality comes from the Sanskrit word advaita, the understanding that a single reality underlies everything in the universe. Long believed by Eastern philosophers to be pure consciousness, underlying reality is also a primary goal of Western quantum physicists, cosmologists, philosophers and neuroscientists seeking to unravel the mystery of the conscious mind. Such a synthesis could have profound implications for understanding reality and existence.

Dualisms shape our worldview. They include Mind/Matter, Self/Other, Perception/Reality, Quantum/Classical, Wave/Particle, Spiritual/Material, Beginning/End, Male/Female, Living/Dead and Good/Evil. Wisdom gained through meditation, yoga and mystical experiences suggest these dichotomies are illusory.

Eastern mystics know a single underlying reality called advaita, Brahman, the Tao, or Nirvana, from which all existence arises through consciousness. Nonduality is the philosophical and spiritual understanding that dualisms obscure a deeper reality of non-separation and fundamental oneness.

On the other hand, science depends on empirical data leading to reductionism, materialism and apparent dichotomies. But discoveries in quantum physics, brain sciences, consciousness studies, biology, cosmology, psychology and other fields have revealed nonduality in science as well, suggesting mysticism and science share a common ground.

Applying nondual perspectives in science, and scientific perspectives in Eastern spiritual approaches are the twin goals of the first public conference on Science and Nonduality to be held in San Rafael

Topics include the quantum basis for reality, Buddhism, the neurological correlates of consciousness and healing, and whether the absolute nondual state only exists prior to the emergence of consciousness or the I – (the conscious self).

In addition to formal presentations the conference will feature a nonduality-themed film series, art installations, a section to experience nondual reality through meditation, art, dance, hypnosis, and music, and various social events.

University of Arizona professor Stuart Hameroff says:  Connections between consciousness and reality have taken center stage due to similarities between Eastern spiritual practice and counter-intuitive scientific discoveries that challenge everyday views of the world. This conference will explore these connections.

The event is organized by Neti Neti Media in association with the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), the Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). It will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Marin Convention Center, San Rafael, California Thursday October 22 through Sunday October 25, 2009. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 21-22.

Personal note: A great place to meet me in person. I will attend several pre-conferences and workshops as well as the weekend conference.

Program Details:
The official website www.scienceandnonduality.com contains information and program details.  Attendees may register online. Early bird discount rates are available.

http://www.dreammanifesto.com/annual-conference-science-nonduality.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-annual-conference-on-science-and-nonduality


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