J C Amberchele was born in Philadelphia in 1940. He attended a Quaker school, then colleges in Pennsylvania and New York, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. After a varied career he ‘dropped out’ and after some time living the hippie life in Waikiki he moved to California where, in the late 1960’s he supported himself by selling marijuana. He soon began to do rather more than merely support himself and became heavily involved in the marijuana trade, constantly moving around and adopting different aliases. Eventually he was arrested and received a heavy sentence; he does not expect to be released soon.
In contrast to his background in the craziness of the drug market and incarceration, JC Amberchele has found peace and freedom. The Light That I Am tells how this came to be.
Darryl Bailey was meditating at age 14 and went on to explore awareness and concentration training from diverse sources. He has studied with respected teachers and traditions, both Western and Eastern, spending six years as a Thai Buddhist monk. He has earned a living as an ice fisherman, bus driver and carpenter. Darryl lives in Canada, where he works and teaches.http://www.darrylbailey.net.com
Jon Bernie is a contemporary spiritual teacher who offers a compassionate, heart-centered approach to awakening. His teaching focuses on returning the attention to the already enlightened state that lies at the core of our human experience. He has four decades of practice and study in the Zen, Theravada Buddhist and Advaita traditions, and was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002. Jon is also an experienced healer and teacher of somatic embodiment, trained in the Alexander Technique, Zero Balancing, and the Qigong system of Dr. Yu Penxi. He works closely and intimately with individuals to facilitate consciousness development and deep emotional healing.
Jon leads classes, intensives and retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. He also does one-on-one work with individuals both in person at his San Francisco office, and remotely by phone or Skype.
Interview on Buddha at the Gas Pump: https://youtu.be/_Qcqibxc-6c
Bok - After a series of extraordinary experiences in his 20’s, Bok set out to find a teacher. Feeling right at home in the Ramana Maharshi tradition, Bok first discovered Catherine Ingram, then Byron Katie, and finally Adyashanti, whom he now considers his main teacher. Bok works as an artist - writer, landscape architect, filmmaker - and also loves to share his gathered understanding with students deeply interested in knowing their own true nature. He maintains a robust teaching practice in Los Angeles, California. Bok has also been deeply influenced by Jean Klein, Douglas Harding, and Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Book: Words Out of Silence
Sally Bongers is an acclaimed Australian cinematographer, who was fired up by her realisation that so-called liberation or awakening just ‘happens’ in ordinary life. Sally’s work and her interest in awakening has taken her worldwide, although she lives quietly with her partner in Sydney, Australia.
Book: Everyday Enlightenment
Louis Brawley spent some time with the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti (JK) but feeling disillusioned after JK’s death he came upon UG Krishnamurti – and the next five years are described in his book ‘Goner’. Louis works as an artist, photographer and art handler, worldwide. He pursues these activities, but does not teach or hold satsangs.
See a video of UG Krishnamurti and Louis at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTbyYBUpYT4&feature=youtu.be
Billy Doyle was drawn to spirituality at an early age and began to explore Eastern advaita and non-duality, in particular the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, J Krishnamurti and Atmananda (Krishna Menon). Jean Klein was his final teacher and Billy spent many years in contact with him.. Billy lives in London, where he teaches Yoga in the Kashmiri Tradition.
Professor Richard Doyle is Liberal Arts Research Professor at Penn State University, where he has taught since 1994. Ever since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age 12, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture and consciousness. After completing a PhD at UC Berkeley and a post doctoral fellowship at MIT, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and written scholarly books on the effects of information technologies on human evolution and the effects of language on consciousness. Digital Director of Zebrapedia.psu.edu, the online home for Philip K. Dick's Exegesis, Doyle is an award winning classroom teacher and author of Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants & The Evolution of the Noösphere (University of Washington Press, 2011).
Book: Into the Stillness
“Yolande still appears, but in the background, like the rest. It exists without existing. It no longer exists but it is there. It has more power. It is this silence, this power that has taken over everything.”Book: Silence Heals (with Laurence Vidal)
Jeff Foster tells us we are no-one, but not in a bleak nihilistic way. Somehow he conveys the joyousness of life just as it is. Instead of seeing some things or people as being more special than others, or seeing himself as a teacher somehow above the pains and pleasures of life, he addresses the humanity in all of us – and what that humanity is and is not. Jeff contacted Non-Duality Press out of the blue with his first manuscript Life Without a Centre. Since his first open meeting in London, at Julian Noyce’s instigation, Jeff has gone on to become a respected and much loved speaker, holding satsangs, retreats and meetings worldwide.
Suzanne Foxton is an American living with her family in London, UK and works as an artist and writer. As far as Suzanne is concerned personal details are irrelevant, but from our point of view, she writes an absolutely excellent and original blog, has a terrific sense of humour and an original style.
Book: The Ultimate Twist
Watch: on Conscious TV http://www.conscious.tv/nonduality.html