Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality
Is there a way out of personal and global suffering? Can we choose to stop addictive and destructive patterns? Does being awake take effort, vigilance and practice, or is it effortlessly and unavoidably always already the case? What happens when we die? These lively talks and dialogs are about seeing through the illusion of separation and waking up to the boundless wholeness that is all there is. Joan’s approach is open and explorative, questioning all attempts to conceptually grasp and frame the movement of life. She talks about seeing through the stories and beliefs that create our human suffering and waking up to the simplicity of what is.
About the Author
Joan Tollifson has an affinity with Buddhism, Advaita and radical nonduality, but she belongs to no tradition. She is the author of two previous books, Awake in the Heartland: The Ecstasy of What Is and Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life. In 2008, Joan moved from Chicago to southern Oregon.
Praise for Painting the Sidewalk
This is a wise, humorous and heartfelt book. It's also an important step in the process of creating a straightforward and human expression of nonduality for our times. Reading Painting the Sidewalk with Water is like relaxing with a cup of tea next to the fireplace with Joan—there is no dogma or extra baggage, just a continual return to the truth that we fundamentally are. One of the things I love most about this book is that it dissolves the seeming dichotomy between what's often called "radical nonduality" and traditions that emphasize more structured, intentional practice. Ultimately, as Joan points out so clearly, it is fixed views and beliefs—including beliefs about whether we should or shouldn't be doing so-called practices—that are the greatest obstacles to spiritual fruition. - Jon Bernie, Ordinary Freedom
Joan's latest book is wise, honest, down-to-earth and brave. Through a wider-than-average variety of dialog questions, it offers fascinating insights into the interplay between the absolute and the relative, the sublime and the everyday. - Greg Goode, Standing As Awareness
This expression of the inexpressible mystery of being cannot be labeled. It is a message from beyond the daily ups and downs of life, and yet it is firmly rooted in ordinary every day experience. While pointing out the dreamlike nature of this world Joan does not close her heart and eyes to its beauty and suffering. - Leo Hartong, Awakening to the Dream
Painting the Sidewalk with Water is a gently relentless tour-de-force saying, in many captivating ways, that it is not necessary for life to be anything other than what it is. Unlike many writers on the subject of nonduality, she doesn’t dismiss the relative nature of ordinary day-to-day life, but rather puts it in its place as being the ever-changing face of the absolute. - Suzanne Foxton, Nothing Exists, Despite Appearances