#5264 – Greg Goode, Part 1 – November 23, 2014

Greg Goode, Part 1 – November 23, 2014 

[Notes: The interview with Jeannie McGillivray could not be uploaded due to a technical problem at the radio station.
This interview with Greg Goode will be broadcast on the radio December 10, but I figured, why wait? Part 2 will be published in the next few days. -Jerry Katz]

Photo: Dr. Greg Goode

Greg Goode is a counselor, an author, a pioneer in nonduality meetups and in online activity. He’s a long time student of Vedanta, Direct Path of Shri Atmananda, and Buddhism. Greg has a doctorate in philosophy, is a member of the American Philosophical Practioners Association, and is a consultant with the peer reviewed journal Philosophical Practice.

Greg is well known in the world of nonduality. His books include Standing as Awareness: The Direct Path, The Direct Path, A User Guide, Nondualism in Western Philosophy, and Emptiness and Joyful Freedom (with Tomas Sander). His books and much other information could be accessed via www.heartofnow.com and http://non-dualitypress.org/search?q=goode

Greg’s married and lives in New York where he holds down an intense full time job with a major law firm.


0:00 – 9:03 Introduction. Early days of online nonduality. Nature of philosophical counseling. Western philosophical sources compared to Eastern paths toward enlightenment. Philosophical counseling compared to psychotherapy.

9:03 – 12:20 Greg talks about being married. Freedom. Romantic love.

12:20 – 16:32 Can philosophy be taught? Value of good teachers. But whose philosophy would we teach?

16:32 – 18:29 Transmitting compared to communicating teachings.

18:29 – 23:02 Diversity and involvement in planning the Science and Nonduality Conference.

23:02 – 24:31 Greg’s writing discipline.

24:31 – 28:53 Greg talks about Advaita Vedanta. Greg’s experiences studying Advaita. The demand of being a traditional Advaita teacher.

28:53 – 32:48 The Direct Path. Compared to Advaita. In Direct Path, “Deep sleep is your nature. … Pure consiousness with no appearances at all.” In Advaita Vedanta deep sleep is a covering over your true nature. Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Direct Path doesn’t use Hindu scriptures.

32:48 – 36:46 Nature of traditional Advaita teachings described. Evolution of the enlightened student toward becoming a teacher, and Zazen as the means and the goal at the same time.

36:46 – 40:49 Wisdom as a gradual happening of insights, which happens before enlightenment. You don’t need enlightenment to gain wisdom. Nature of the Advaita student’s self-perception before attainment of a certain wisdom or enlightenment. Story about Gangaji.

40:49 – 43:57 Direct Path doesn’t require going through the Vedanta scriptures, though it requires a teacher. Greg’s book The Direct Path is like a home study course.

43:57 – 52:27 Greg leads listener is one of the Direct Path exercises on finding the core of one’s identity.

#5263 – Portrait of a Nonduality Teacher: Ethics, transparency, forgiveness, and other themes arising from recent events

Edited by Jerry Katz, mostly from posts made to the Nonduality Highlights group on Facebook.

On Facebook I asked (paraphrasing), “In light of the revelation that Fred Davis was charged and found guilty of child molestation, should the recent interview with Fred be deleted?” Included in that interview was one of Fred’s clients, Gary Falk.

Here is a series of articles and posts responding to that question. Gary Falk’s article about his encounter with Fred is included here. As the thread grew, the question of whether the interview should be deleted slipped away and the focal points became the matters of transparency and ethics. In any case, I can tell you the interview will not be deleted.


Excerpt from Fred Davis’ admission of what happened
The Gary Unit Meets The Fredness: The Story of an Awakening, by Gary Falk
Forgiveness, compassion, social implications, human imperfection
Authority, trust, and a culture of sexual violence
The question of ethics
A matter of clarity
Fred not endorsed by some
Scott’s Transparency Journal, By Scott Kiloby
Let there be total transparency: Anamika’s confessions
The case of Chogyam Trungpa considered
Julian Noyce: There is a pressing need for discrimination
If nonduality does not evolve into a wisdom of inter being…

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#5261 – Fred Davis with Gary Falk

After this interview Fred made an admission about criminal activity in his past, which led to a lengthy conversation on Facebook, summarized here: http://nonduality.org/2014/11/22/5263-ethics-transparency-forgiveness-and-other-themes-arising-from-recent-events/

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