Nonduality Talk Interview with Didier Weiss

photo of Didier Weiss
Didier Weiss is French, 50 years old, and has lived in Auroville, India since 1994. He is married and has one child. Didier is a sound engineer for his company Sound Wizard, which designs acoustic spaces for concert halls, auditoriums, hotels, convention centres, nightclubs, home theatres, and every other kind of space that requires acoustic design. His website at His contact point is

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0:00 – 6:05 Didier talks about some of his life prior to living in Auroville and how he and his wife Cecilia picked up there life in Paris and moved to Auroville where they’ve been for twenty years. The price of responsibility.

6:05 – 13:03 Didier’s spiritual background beginning at age 15 – 16. Stephen Jourdain discussed. . Spiritual nature of Auroville. Sorry about some static that appears near the end of this track. The static shows up periodically in this interview. It was a problem somewhere between our computers. I’m in Nova Scotia and Didier is in Auroville, India.

13:03 – 20:03 Didier meets Ramesh Balsekar and talks about his teaching and what he communicated. “I could almost see what he was talking about.” The penny drops, a shift happens. Seeing what it was all about. Loss of a centre. Integration of the shift.

20:03 – 23:55 Life goes on after the shift. The nature of the spiritual story. Life as being on auto pilot. How life is to Didier.

23:55 – 24:25 Richard Sylvester and addiction to meaning. Nondual writings as art.

24:25 – 28:35 Didier’s work as a sound engineer and designer of acoustic spaces. The nature of his business. How things unfold for him. How nondual understanding comes into relationships with people he encounters in business.

28:35 – 34:54 Lack of concern for the outcome of work even while being passionate, active, and fighting for business. It’s a game. The place of stillness in the game. Pleasure of the game. Some practical and technical details of Didier’s business and work.

34:54 – 40:01 What is perception? How does it work? Didier’s interest in perception started when he was mixing music. His discoveries regarding perception of sound.

40:01 – 51:13 Didier goes further into insights that came out of his experience mixing music. The three lessons about perception he learned as a sound engineer. Silence. Quotation from Leo Hartong. The experience of silence as the space in which sound arises and present all the time. Silence as source. Beautiful confession about silence.

51:13 – 58:37 Didier talks a little about family. “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” (Muriel Rukeyser) is what he feels. Talking about nonduality. You can’t teach anything. A journey happens.

58:37 – 1:02:33 Valuing the discovery of insights. Nature of seeking. Hiding reality in plain sight, such as silence. Simplicity of nonduality is the most difficult aspect to talk about.

1:02:33 – 1:06:08 Didier’s life as simple, but complexity within it. Complexity doesn’t add any weight to life. The total weightlessness of what happens. What’s gone is something that’s not real. Problem of disappearance of the center. Suzanne Segal mentioned. There is no real loss.

1:06:08 – 1:07:52 Silence as the best way to communicate “this.” Reality as a singularity. Analogy of a movie.

1:07:52 – 1:11:52 Talking about business again. Applying the community philosophy of Auroville to relating to people who work for him. Harmonious interplay of the parts of Didier’s life.

1:11:52 – Didier talks about his wife Cecilia and her interest in nondual teachings. Anamika mentioned. Relationships and nondual consciousness. Family stuff. Understanding the mechanical or conditioned nature of personality and relationships is basis for a simpler and more harmonious life. Gordon Neufeld’s work with children discussed: . Connecting at the source.

1:19:35 – 1:24:53 Resonance with another person through a root connection or a non-separate reality. Gordon Neufeld and feeling of suppression and sense of separation.

1:24:53 – 1:28:03 Art as healing. Music as healing. The suffering of artists he’s met.

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