The Self from a Householder Perspective

In our final module, we shift to two of today’s most popular and widely practiced traditions of non-dualism. We will look at how these traditions are contrasted through the lenses of scholarly inquiry, and we will highlight their commonality in pointing to a conception of self that is ultimately non-different from everyone and everything else. We will discuss how these philosophical teachings are not merely to be intellectually posited but, most importantly, realized through varying forms of contemplative praxis. We will end our course by committing ourselves to a “practice imperative” – an invitation to cultivate regular moments of silence in everyday life as a path beyond the effects of contracted identity and its associated symptoms of personal and collective suffering.