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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 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.

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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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When does an instinctive man become an emotional man? That's a step above. An instinctive man is a guy who loves to drink, he loves sex, he loves to fight, he loves power, playing, and that's it. The world is a playhouse, everything is material, and that's all that counts. His concept of life is, "When I can't have sex, let me be dead." (My concept of sex is, "When I depend on sex, shoot me," because it's a trap, that's all.) But the instinctive man falls in love. I'm saying man but this could be a woman as well. The instinctive person falls in love, and in so doing he touches into his emotional center, he respects somebody more than he respects himself. He falls in love with a woman, or she gets pregnant. He starts working selflessly for his children and he forgets about all these other games. I don't say they always do, but this is the graduation if he graduates.

Now, there's another form of this emotional release or growth. And that is the salvationistic experience, where a man falls in love with Jesus or Buddha or some figure he respects, and follows that person. It's no great contact with heaven. It's that he loses the worshiping of himself and his body. This is the key that is struck. From this comes a marvelous release. Sometimes they say, “Oh, I've made it, I've been saved. I confessed my sins and beat my head on the floor, and I'm satisfied now that I'm in touch.” Sure. This is the first step in spiritual growth, if they follow through on it. But what happens? Why do people leave churches? It's because these convictions come and go. The computer somehow is saying, “Maybe you snowed yourself.” Or maybe six months after you get married you realize that you're no longer worshipping this person and now you're working because you have to. Regardless, you're going to drift.
~ From a talk given by Richard Rose in Denver, CO on June 10, 1983 (transcript in the March 2016 TAT Forum).

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