The State of Non-Duality

November Project: Question #2 This question comes from K through Skype chat:

What do you think of the current state of non-duality? Do you find certain teachers to be missing the point, or have they mostly stayed true to core teachings?

I am glad you asked this question, K, because it will give me the chance to clear a few things up.

I am not a non-dual teacher. As far as I know, I have never used those words to describe myself. Not that you have said that...this is just something I want to say.

I don't know what it means to be non-dual. I know what the term is meant to mean, but that is as far as it goes. I am sure there must be certain 'criteria' to be met in order to call oneself non-dual, similar to meeting the requirements to call a food product organic, haha. But I really have no interest in any of that.

I don't read non-dual teachings, or any teachings for that matter. Not that you should or shouldn't, I don't mean it in that way. It is just that the subject doesn't interest me. I am not sure what else I can say about it.

I don't really know anything about the state of the teachings of non-duality. I am sure there are several fragments making up the whole. One group probably thinks a particular teacher or teaching is the true voice of non-duality, while others will disagree. There is probably even something like 'neo' non-duality, with young people championing a 'new' way of expressing the message, whatever that might be, and the old fogeys raging against it. I don't know. This is just my best guess based on experience with groups in general. Maybe it is something entirely different? I really don't know.

I only know what I know on the subject because of the wonderful people leaving comments here, and also through the talks I have had on Skype. Sometimes people bring up concepts or names or foreign words I do not know, all related to non-duality, and I have to ask what it means, what is that, who is that, and so on. Beyond that, I know nothing.

Takuin in the Snow

If there are 'core teachings', I have no idea what they might be. You're better off asking someone with real knowledge on the subject. Or at least someone who cares about it. ;-)

But it is a good opportunity for me to learn more. Even if I have no interest, I should at least learn enough about it so I can understand others better...

If any of you have a good understanding of that world, or if there are core teachings and you know them, please leave a comment below. I think I have a decent understanding just from speaking with others, but some of you may be able to better answer K's question. I don't want to leave him hanging, haha.

Thanks in advance!