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- Subject and Object in Science and Mysticism.
In this Sunday talk, Thomas McFarlane compares the scientific approach to investigating reality through objectivity with the mystical approach to investigating reality through subjectivity. Although they are based on different views of reality, both proceed through a process of discrimination between subjective and objective, through progressively more subtle views of reality. If taken to their ultimate end, both lead to the limit where the distinction between subject and object itself drops away. It was recorded at the Center for Sacred Sciences on 18 June 2017 in Eugene, Oregon.
- The Wisdom of Uncertainty.
This one hour video is a talk on radical uncertainty from a mystical perspective, given by Matt Sieradski at the Center for Sacred Sciences on 16 April 2017 in Eugene, Oregon.
- Never Born: An Account of Awakening.
Luke Weiss gives an account of his Awakening at the Center for Sacred Sciences on January 25, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon, USA. After sharing some personal background, starting with physical trauma during birth and the associated challenges coping with that, he then described his spiritual path which included extensive practices from the shamanic and Taoist traditions before joining CSS. Luke then shares an account of the moment of Realization and how his experience has changed. He then takes questions from the group.
- Classical Mysticism and its Relation to Death and Dying.
This is a 30 min. talk given by Joel Morwood, spiritual director at the Center for Sacred Sciences, at the Palliative Care Conference on Oct. 21, 2009, in San Mateo, California. It is an introduction to the core mystical teachings in the world's religious traditions, especially as they relate to death and dying.
- Symmetry: An Archetypal Principle.
This one hour video is a talk on symmetry in science and mystical philosophy, given by Thomas McFarlane at the Center for Sacred Sciences on 12 June 2016 in Eugene, Oregon.
- The Mathematics of Manifestation.
This 32 min. video is a re-presentation of a talk by Thomas McFarlane given at the 2015 Science and Nonduality Conference in San Jose, California. It provides a vision for integrating science and nonduality by recognizing the true nature of distinction itself as a symmetrical play of apparent variance within invariance. Distinction, mathematics, and science then are seen to arise through a process of symmetry breaking.
- Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview with Joel Morwood from Buddha at the Gas Pump.
In this video interview, Rick Archer spends 2 hours with Joel on Aug 24, 2015, talking about Joel's background, experience, and teachings.
- Franklin Merrell-Wolff: His Life and Teachings.
This presentation gives an overview of the life and teachings of Franklin Merrell-Wolff, and his connection with the Center for Sacred Sciences. It was given by Thomas McFarlane at the Center for Sacred Sciences on 21 June 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.
- Philosophical Lessons from Quantum Mechanics.
This is a 37 min. re-presentation by Thomas McFarlane of a talk given on 19 April 2015 at the Center for Sacred Sciences in Eugene, Oregon.
- Investigating the Nature of Space.
In this 56 min. presentation, Thomas McFarlane discusses the nature of space as understood in mathematics, physics, and direct experience. It took place at the Center for Sacred Sciences in Eugene Oregon on 13 April 2014.
- Interdependence in Science and Religion.
Tom McFarlane introduces the teaching of interdependence in Buddhism and other religious traditions, and then illustrates how it can be found in modern science. It was given by Thomas McFarlane at the Center for Sacred Sciences on 30 June 2013 in Eugene, Oregon.
- Quantum Mechanics from Nonduality.
This is a 36 min. re-presentation by Thomas McFarlane of a talk given on 17 November 2013 at the Center for Sacred Sciences in Eugene, Oregon. It explains how the scientific framework can be seen as arising from nonduality, and how the structure of quantum mechanics arises from some simple additional assumptions.
- Einstein, Buddha, Reality: The Nondual Roots of Science.
In this 68 min. presentation, Tom McFarlane (author of Einstein and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings) explains the challenges of integrating scientific and spiritual approaches to understanding reality, then proposes a radical new framework for uniting them at their deepest roots. Recorded at the Center for Sacred Sciences, in Eugene, Oregon, on 19 May 2013.
- Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis, by David Loy.
In this lecture, Professor, Zen teacher, and author David Loy explores the relevance that Buddhist teachings have to our understanding of the current ecological crisis. Can Buddhism help us understand more deeply the root causes of the crisis? Can Buddhist teachings guide us toward more skillful action toward addressing it?
- Why Meditate?
Joel Morwood, spiritual director at the Center for Sacred Sciences, gives a short 10 minute introduction to the fundamental purpose of concentration meditation practices which are found in all the major religious traditions of the world, followed by simple introductory instructions for meditation on the breath.
- What is Gnosis?
This is a 10 minute excerpt of a 1 hour video recording of a presentation by Joel Morwood, spiritual director at the Center for Sacred Sciences, at a meeting in Eugene, Oregon, on October 9, 2007. In this excerpt, Joel explains how Gnosis is beyond all concepts, how thought and language create duality, and how even "nonduality" is a relative concept.
- Final Thoughts.
This is a 10 min. excerpt of a 45 min. video of the keynote presentation by Joel Morwood at the Franklin Merrell-Wolff Conference held in Lone Pine, California, on 9 June 2007. Joel reads and gives a commentary on a passage in which Wolff describes the final moments just prior to his Transcendental Realization.
- Quantum Koans.
A 40 min. lecture by Thomas J. McFarlane on the paradoxes of quantum theory, given in April 2007 at the Center for Sacred Sciences in Eugene, Oregon. Intended for a general audience, simple thought experiments are used to illustrate the puzzling behavior of the quantum world. This video is made from the presentation shown at the lecture together with a live audio recording of the talk. Some of the ideas presented in this talk were inspired by Bruce Rosenblum's book Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness.
- A Peculiarly Beautiful Path to Yoga.
Keynote presentation given by Thomas J. McFarlane at the Franklin Merrell-Wolff Conference in Lone Pine, California, 7 June 2008. This contemplative 53 min. commentary on Wolff's book Pathways Through To Space, Chapter 61, "The Nature of Ponderable Matter" is best appreciated by those with some familiarity with Wolff's philosophy.
- Science from Nonduality.
Thomas McFarlane shows how science can be traced back through mathematics and the act of making distinctions to the nondual ground of reality. This 22 minute talk, originally titled "Physical Science as a Way to Realization," was presented at the 2010 Science and Nonduality Conference held in San Rafael, California, on 23 October 2010.
- The Nondual Foundations of Science.
A 30 min. plenary talk by Joel Morwood given at the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Rafael, California, in October 2009. In this talk, Joel discusses a major challenge of reconciling science with a nondual perspective: explaining how science works. If, as the mystics testify, there is no real external world independent of consciousness, how do we understand and explain why our theories of science work so remarkably well? One possible approach to solving this problem is presented.
- Universal Principles of Mysticism and a New Paradigm.
In this 70 min. lecture, Joel Morwood explains how Gnosis (also known as Enlightenment or Awakening) differs from our ordinary ways of knowing, presents some of the principle methods for attaining it, and discusses its relevance to the development of a new worldview. Recorded at a meeting of the Eugene chapter of IONS on January 30, 2006, in Eugene, Oregon, USA.