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UUS Phil Roger

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Service, local meditation teacher Phil Roger brings concepts from a wide range of spiritual traditions to address the experience of spiritual unity.

Like many spiritual terms, “enlightenment” and “meditation” are a bit slippery. After nearly twenty years of practice of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, Phil began to experience an exquisite simplicity in the process of completion stage awareness and began to feel it should be more accessible to anyone. After fifty years of spiritual study and practice in a wide range of modalities, the whole process converged at the idea of being aware of being aware. This realization led him to an immersion into the directness of non-dual meditation, which focuses on pure consciousness as the basis for all that exists.

The essence of non-dual meditation is the understanding that non-dual awareness is actually something you have all the time. It’s not a special state or some kind of peak experience that you have to learn to achieve. Instead, the state of non-duality is always there, and it’s simply something that you learn to notice. This state has been alluded to by the mystical aspect of countless spiritual traditions and is suggested by such terms as tao, Christ consciousness, the Holy Spirit, emptiness, the Word, source consciousness, and, more recently, the quantum field.

Originally from Garland, Texas, Phil Roger is a permanent resident of San Miguel de Allende. After a personal tragedy in 1968, he says he was saved by the teaching and presence of Paramahansa Yognanda, and studied with the Self-Realization Fellowship. A year later he met Swami Satchidananda and became a yoga and meditation instructor and a founding member of the Integral Yoga Institute in Dallas. Later, he studied Taoism and practiced internal Chinese martial arts and Qigong. In 1997 he began to study and practice Tibetan Buddhism and became a senior dharma teacher in that tradition which he continued to teach here in San Miguel from 2010–2015 when he moved on to the non-dual view. He continues to teach that discipline at a weekly meeting at Life Path each Friday from 11am-1pm.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at chris.chase1955@gmail.com.

 

UU Service

“Being Aware of Being Aware: The End of Seeking”

By Phil Roger

Sun, Sep 9, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

Free

 

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