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What's behind the sense of "I am"? Who's living, and who's facing death? Who or what am I, essentially? Will some part of me continue on after death? Is there an unchanging, eternal part of me? Am I a part of some unchanging, eternal essence?

Occasional individuals throughout history have told of finding the answer to those questions, and their testimonies often have a surprising consistency. As my friend and teacher Richard Rose wrote: "Beyond the mind is a golden find...." For individuals seeking to find the answer for themselves, those testimonies provide helpful clues for pursuing the search to a successful conclusion.

For some searchers, working by themselves is the preferred method. Others intuit that finding a few fellow seekers to work with may expedite their progress. Still more fortunate may be those who find a living person who has made the journey and can provide assistance from the perspective of that realization. The Self-Discovery site is designed to offer all three modes of help.
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  Philosophical Self-Inquiry home page.

The Philosophical Self-Inquiry Groups are aimed at implementing maximum systems of self-discovery – an approach which can be duplicated anywhere by finding a few people to work with. See FirstKnowThyself.org for examples.

  Common-Sense Meditation Experiment – updated

  Link to the TAT Forum. Essays, poems, opinions and humor on seeking and finding answers to your deepest life-questions.

Favorite website: TATfoundation.org
Searchers and finders working together.

  Ch'an Masters home page: The Chinese forerunners of Zen.

  Benoit home page: Hubert Benoit's Supreme Doctrine: Psychological Studies in Zen Thought.

  Maximum Systems page: Common denominators of maximum systems of self-realization such as the Albigen System of Richard Rose, Advaita Vedanta, Taoism and Zen.

  Modern Teachers overview: Moving from the Ch'an Masters to the 20th and 21st centuries.

  TAT Foundation Press: Unique books & videos

  About the author of this site.

  Greatest Teachers of Modern Times On Finding a Total Answer: Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Douglas Harding & Richard Rose:

  Alfred Pulyan: Zen Master Without Lineage & Master of the Lost Art of Zen Transmission.

  Conquest of Illusion: Is What We See Real? (J.J. van der Leeuw)
      + Rupert Sheldrake, Minds Beyond Brains
      + Douglas Harding on headless seeing
      + Cézanne and Neuroscience

  William Samuel: A gentle teaching of awakening.

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"Presupposing the existence of a non-existent thing and then wanting to get salvation for that imaginary 'I', you have to start and try to do so through the above-said four paths of yoga. [1. 'Act without attachment to the fruit thereof', says karma yoga. 2. 'Do not love any other thing; love God alone', says bhakti yoga. 3. 'By separating yourself from God, you have degraded yourself into a petty individual soul (jiva); go and unite with Him again', says raja yoga. 4. 'Know God', says jnana yoga.] When your sadhanas themselves become a means of giving life to the non-existent ego, how can they destroy it? To do any sadhana except Self-enquiry (atmavichara), the existence of the mind (jiva) is indispensable. For, how to perform those sadhanas without the mind? To try to destroy the ego by sadhanas other than Self-enquiry is to be just like a thief turning himself into a policeman to catch the thief who is none but himself. Only Self-enquiry can reveal the truth that the ego (mind or jiva) has no existence whatsoever!
     "So do not accept this ego, the truth of which you have not yet found out by scrutiny; deny it by giving no importance to its existence, root it out and burn it to extinction by attending to how or from what (whence) it rises!…. Sri Bhagavan used to say that nishkamya karma (desireless action) cannot be done so long as there is a sense of doership while performing the action." ~ Ramana Maharshi. See the PSI Activities page for a February 2019 intensive retreat.

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