Natural Awakening Nondual Training Manual

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Guidelines for this Manual

PART ONE: Distinctions and Practices of Nondual Transmission

1 • Introduction: the Radiant Mind model

  • A contemporary and accessible presentation of timeless wisdom
  • A contentless transmission
  • The Radiant Mind approach

2 • Presencing unconditioned awareness

  • Beginning a session
  • Discovering your own process
  • Distinguishing nondual awareness
  • Is the nondual an experience, state or space?
  • Entering a different paradigm
  • The nondual isn’t a subtle affective experience or meditational state
  • Purity
  • Foundations, bridges and resting places
  • Starting at the end: working at the result level
  • Undoing the path
  • We are talking about “This”!
  • Paradox and nonduality
  • Collapsing the distinction
  • The progressive presencing of co-emergent wisdom
  • The reliances

3 • Creating the space: setting the mood, pace and atmosphere

  • An anti-frantic atmosphere
  • Going nowhere, doing nothing
  • Not knowing
  • Spiritual transformation is different from spiritual knowledge
  • Demonstrating not knowing
  • The need to create meaning
  • Nondual Transmission in one image
  • In time and on the pleasure-pain continuum
  • Working in the here and now
  • Listening to the tensing: past, present and future
  • Beyond pleasure and discomfort
  • Positive experiences
  • Bliss
  • The healing power of sensate bliss
  • Letting things be: noninterference
  • Cultivating a homing instinct
  • Not conditioning the future
  • Not conditioning the next moment
  • Preferring neither speech nor silence: giving equal value to both
  • Natural contemplation: effortless meditation
  • Attachment to suffering: not making problems out of problems
  • Is that a problem?
  • Re-labeling “this feels uncomfortable” as “this feels different”
  • Not denying our conditioned existence
  • Denial and being real
  • Living without resistance

4 • Nondual relationship: the union of wisdom and intimacy

  • Intimacy
  • Nondual wisdom
  • Pure listening
  • Energetic resonance
  • No separation: one consciousness
  • Relating to people as streams of consciousness
  • Listening to, and engaging with, non-verbal conversations
  • Suspension
  • Allowing silence to emerge in an uncontrived manner
  • Playing at the edges of silence
  • Adjusting to silence
  • Communicating in deep silence
  • Working creatively with silence
  • Discerning different qualities of silence: sensing if people are in deep meditation or protecting their beliefs
  • Reading the depth and stability of interiorized presence in people’s foreheads
  • Serenity—thinning out our thoughts
  • Nothing to think about
  • Being with nothing
  • Nothing is hidden: you don’t need to go looking
  • Distinguishing between a report and a request
  • When to use “I,” “you” and “we”
  • The nondual use of “I” and “you”
  • Distinction between being and having an identity

5 • Continuous presence: releasing glitches in the flow

  • Creating glitches
  • Working with your own identities
  • Deconstructing yourself: working with your own conditioned identities that can arise in nondual facilitation
  • Ability to experience the nondual in reactive situations
  • Feeling irrelevant to the process at times
  • Not getting lost in personal experience
  • Complete in the unconditioned
  • Ways to achieve completion
  • Ways to reduce slippage
  • Correcting the oscillation between polarized beliefs:
  • gently moving people into “positionlessness” 137
  • Mind empty: nothing to say
  • Working in eternity
  • Handling conversations that are easy to get caught up in
  • Nondual inquiry as a form of spiritual bypass!
  • This is intellectual and abstract!
  • Is there love in unconditioned awareness?
  • Radical intimacy
  • Working with the question of love in the here and now
  • How will this change me—will I be happier?
  • Does nondual awareness influence the conditioned?
  • What about choice?
  • Illusion and reality
  • I can’t see what’s really there!
  • The creative function of ambiguity and the conversion of confusion into objectless awareness
  • This is all unreal!
  • What can I do when I lose nondual awareness?
  • I don’t have the time
  • How can I maintain this state?
  • Integrating the nondual: How do I apply this in daily life?
  • The best preparation for the future is always to rest in pure awareness

6 • Mastering ways to stabilize presence: some skillful means

  • Observing fixations
  • Spiritual fixations
  • Fixated about fixations
  • Lenses through which to observe fixations
  • Bodily awareness
  • Fixations do not require “fixing”
  • There are no obstacles!
  • Introducing the idea of constructions
  • Recognizing the soft spot in a construction
  • Thinking something is true doesn’t make it true
  • Nondual inquiry: deconstructive conversations
  • Feeling the difference between constructive and deconstructive conversations
  • The unfindability of unfindability
  • Nondual inquiry as a specialized conversation
  • The impulse for inquiry
  • Types of deconstructive conversations
  • Shifting to a meta-position
  • Natural koans
  • “Who am I?”
  • “What is this?”
  • When and how to pose these questions
  • Making the unconditioned into something
  • Removing concepts: tracking and managing
  • the gradient of the nonconceptual transmission
  • Experiencing “nothing”
  • Experientializing the space of nondual awareness
  • Seeing through—thinking about nothing
  • Speaking from the unconditioned
  • Contentless conversations—talking about nothing
  • Two types of nothing
  • Declarations
  • Interrupting
  • Rejecting an interpretation
  • Nuanced inductions
  • Describing and revealing
  • The four ways of talking about nondual awareness
  • Coherence and discrepancy in the language used to describe the nondual
  • Identifying three ways of talking about unconditioned awareness
  • Checking questions
  • Dancing in the paradoxes of nonduality
  • Articulate contradictions
  • Dance steps—moving out of the mind into nondual awareness

PART TWO: Resources 273

  • Appendix 1: The lineage of this work
  • Appendix 2: The Heart of Liberating Wisdom
  • Appendix 3: Verses on the Realized Mind
  • Appendix 4: The Natural Freedom of Being
  • Appendix 5: Chandrakirti’s Deconstruction of the Self



Peter Fenner

About Peter Fenner

Peter Fenner, Ph.D. is a spiritual leader in the adaption and transmission of Asian nondual wisdom and Founder of Timeless Wisdom, a California nonprofit. He is a pioneer in the development of nondual therapy. He created the Radiant Mind Course® and the Natural Awakening: Advanced Nondual Training. Peter runs courses, trainings, retreats and satsang telecalls and offers individual coaching sessions. His students and clients include Buddhist psychotherapists, psychologists, coaches, Zen masters, Sufi masters, Vipassana and Mindfulness teachers, Yoga teachers, psychiatrists, medical doctors, hospice workers, students of Tibetan Buddhism, followers of Advaita, artists and spiritual seekers worldwide.Peter also offers retreats on 4 continents. He has presented his work at leading universities and institutions including Columbia, Stanford, CIIS and Naropa. Stay in touch: • Join Peter Fenner's network on LinkedIn • Like his page on Facebook
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