In this episode of The Art of Authenticity, Rupert Spira, teacher, spiritual leader, and writer, teaches us about the nature of reality and the source of lasting peace and happiness. He explains the direct path and non-dual philosophy. As well as, elaborating on his latest book, You Are The Happiness You Seek.

After spending twenty years immersed in the teachings of classical Advaita Vedanta, he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, who introduced him to the Direct Path approach whereby one may recognise the source of peace and happiness in oneself.

Rupert has written several books and holds regular meetings and retreats online, as well as in Europe and the United States. He is also a noted potter, trained in the British Studio Pottery school, with work in public and private collections.

More About Rupert Spira

From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learnt to meditate, and began studying and practicing the teachings of the classical Advaita Vedanta tradition under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India, which he continued for the next twenty years. During this time he immersed himself in the teachings of P.D.Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met Francis Lucille in 1997. Francis introduced Rupert to the Direct Path teachings of Atmananda Krishna Menon; Jean Klein and the tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism; and, more importantly, to the simple means by which one might recognise one’s innate peace and happiness.

Rupert lives in the UK and holds regular meetings and retreats online, in the UK, Europe and the U.S. In his meetings, Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen etc., and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own experience. This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving silent meditation, guided meditation and conversation, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience, and in the longing for love, peace and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

Rupert is author of: The Transparency of Things – Contemplating the Nature of Experience (2008); Presence, in two volumes – The Art of Peace and Happiness and The Intimacy of All Experience (2012); The Light of Pure Knowing – Thirty meditations on the Essence of Non-Duality (2014); The Ashes of Love (2016); Transparent Body, Luminous World – The Tantric Yoga of Sensation and Perception (2017); The Nature of Consciousness – Essays on the Unity of Mind and Matter (2017); The Essence of Meditation Vol.I – Being Aware of Being Aware (2017); A Meditation on I Am (2021); Being Myself (2021); and You Are the Happiness You Seek (2022).

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