My guest on the phone from Berkeley, California is Alexander Pappas. Alex is a retired community college teacher of world religion and author of the new book Heaven and Nirvana: Duality and Nonduality in the World Religions. For information on buying this book write Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
00:00 – 04:02 Opening music by Prosad, www.prosadmusic.com. Introduction to Alex Pappas and his book Heaven and Nirvana: Duality and Nonduality in the World Religions. Alex reviews his book while telling how his book is different from other text books on world religions.
04:02 – 05:03 Why are universities hesitant to teach nonduality of world religions?
05:03 – 08:47 Alex Pappas compares dualistic and nondualistic views of reality via the world religions.
08:47 – 11:21 Comments on why college teachers of world religions don’t emphasize nondual teachings. “It’s only been the last few years that nonduality has come out of the closet…” Alex talks about his experiences with Vedanta, Alan Watts, psychedelics, and nonduality, going back to 1954.
11:21 – 14:42 The nature of the journey to nonduality.
14:42 – 17:35 The importance of study and paths beyond. Satchitananda.
17:35 – 24:08 The nonduality of macrobiotics discussed.
24:08 – 31:58 The nonduality of theosophy.
31:58 – 38:06 The types of Yoga discussed.
38:06 – 43:08 Buddhist principles discussed.
43:08 – Concluding words on macrobiotics and Alex’s book Heaven and Nirvana: Duality and Nonduality in the World Religions. Closing music by Prosad.
I highly recommend Alex’s book. To purchase a copy contact him at email@example.com