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Clarity & Light - An Evening w Ash Ruiz & Brian Piergrossi

Clarity & Light - An Evening of Satsang and Music with Ash Ruiz & Brian Piergrossi

Wednesday, July 31st

7:30pm to 9pm

49 Virginia Ave

Asheville NC, 28806


Through cutting-edge insights into the spiritual path, mindfulness meditation, self inquiry,…

Added by Brian Piergrossi on July 27, 2013 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Arising in Awareness


“Who we are is the moment arising in…


Added by Bill Walz on June 30, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Watch Your Language

Well, Adorabella (as I like to call her) is 14 months old now, and walking all over the place.  She also wants complete free roam of the house, which means following her everywhere.  She’s a pure joy, but it is quite challenging to get things done as a work at home Dad in an environment with a baby who doesn’t believe in naps.  It’s all a big learning game that I’m sure will never end, and we are very fortunate to have such a…

Added by Trey Carland on June 23, 2013 at 12:01am — No Comments

Adya and Gangaji tapes and videos

Hi Friends,
I am packing up for my impending move, and I found a big box of Adyashanti and Gangaji tapes (cassette) and videos (VHS). If you want them, give me a call: 828.221.0991 (Brevard). Much Love!

Added by Lisa Rapp on June 8, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments


 Howard McQueen


It seems a very difficult thing,

this just noticing the mind

so possessively intertwined  

with our fearful, dark,

often hostile memories.


It may very well be,

that if you patiently wait and see,

what you will really encounter,

is no more than your covered over,

scared little boy or girl,

who, at the…


Added by Howard McQueen on March 27, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments


“Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Living we try – dying we must”.


Digging the soil with trowel in hand

Humbles and beckons me,

As only death can.


I am honored to perform this basic task.

I do not need distractive thoughts,

anxiety, philosophy or dread.


It is a simple and pure action to undertake.

I am grateful – saddened and awed by this friend’s passing.

His gentle kindness has filled my…


Added by Howard McQueen on March 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Article of Interest on Self-Inquiry

Dear Friends of Asheville Sangha,

I have just had an article published in the most recent edition of PARADOXICA: The Journal of Nondual Psychology, based out of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. You are welcome to pass the link on to anyone whom you feel may benefit from this writing.

I very much hope the paper will be of great service to Seekers of Truth.…


Added by Sally Ross on March 1, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Asheville Sangha

Sounds like a great thing going on down there in Asheville. Be nice to have something like that close to me in Plymouth, Mass. Guess I'll have to visit sometime!

Added by Kevin on February 24, 2013 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Baby Steps

As I sit here, our daughter Izabella, who is now 9 months old, is crawling around the living room looking for ways to pull her self up to standing.  Iza, as Shelby likes to call her, is such a wonderful gift.  Not only do we get to revel in her discovering everything for the first time, but we get to see her smile and laugh.  Seeing her laugh is pure joy, and I’d like to quit…


Added by Trey Carland on January 26, 2013 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

Book Reading at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, NC

Hey friends and family,

I haven't had time to write you with an update in a while now, but suffice it to say that Izabella is keeping us on our toes.  She's almost 9 months now, and crawling around like crazy.  She's trying to stand up on her own and will probably be taking her first steps within a week or so.  She's a beautiful, precious, little bundle of…

Added by Trey Carland on January 12, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments

The Selfward Facing Way

From Chapter 2 of The Selfward Facing Way ("Multiple Concepts, A Singular Wholeness"):

Something quite wonderful is occurring at this stage of our human story.  We are now developing a quantum understanding of reality, based on mathematical principles (and backed by discoveries in astronomy and molecular biology as well as other fields of natural science), to reflect and confirm what the greatest saints and sages…


Added by Sally Ross on November 23, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments


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Notice: all former postings stored on Asheville Sangha that carry the (C) traditional Copyright notice are now converted to the CCBY license.

Originally posted / Version 1.0  October 21, 2012; Fernandina Beach, FL

Howard McQueen


All to often

I feel that



overwhelming me,

that my…


Added by Howard McQueen on November 21, 2012 at 11:48am — No Comments

Mental Dis-Order

Eight years ago today, November 7, 2004, I had my first grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy.  Interestingly enough, it was on the day that John Kerry conceded the presidential election to George Bush.  Though I was not a fan of Kerry, at that time I was strongly opposed to Bush.  When I learned the news I was very upset and went into the kitchen to tell my wife, Shelby, the bad news.  The next thing I remember I was sitting on our stairs with paramedics looking up at me and…


Added by Trey Carland on November 9, 2012 at 1:51am — No Comments


© 2012 Howard McQueen


Come to a full stop.

Bring your awareness and attention to your inner states of balance and harmony.

And, be honest with yourself.

What disturbances and conflicts are exacerbating your inner balance and harmony?


Once you identify these invasive thoughts and uncover their beliefs,

 recognize that they are your guests.

Perhaps they have extended their stay?

It’s a huge house you…


Added by Howard McQueen on November 1, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments


© 2012 Howard McQueen


Everything made of love

 and everything made of fear

 is alive,

 incubated and harbored in the human mind.


Ours is a journey of discernment,

 of recognizing where love has gone astray

 and escaped in the forms of anger,

 distrust, sadness, depression  …


Ours is both an inward journey,

 As well as an outward journey.

We may try to cloister ourselves from the external…


Added by Howard McQueen on October 28, 2012 at 10:36am — No Comments

Something that has become undeniable to me, is the presence of a sacredness that is infused within all people and all things. It is a sense of great beauty that fills my whole being with love. Ever s…

Something that has become undeniable to me, is the presence of a sacredness that is infused within all people and all things.

It is a sense of great beauty that fills my whole being with love. Ever since this sacredness made itself known to me, or any other words, ever since I realized I am this sacredness, or essence, or presence, a deep healing and restoration of true sanity began to take place.

There is a sense that every place of division inside myself is being…


Added by Dylan Eller Smith on October 26, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Addicted to Thought

Where do thoughts come from?  They seem to just appear out of the silence of our mind.  They come in the form of words predominantly, but also images.  No one else can hear them or see them, which makes them very private and personal.  For the most part they are purely unintentional and random, but we take this voice in the head to be the only authority on what’s true and what’s not.  Therefore, thoughts make up who we think we are and who we think the rest of the world is.



Added by Trey Carland on October 19, 2012 at 12:11am — 1 Comment


© 2012 Howard McQueen 


All the inner voices,

calling out for attention;

some of them advocating for discord.

And yet,



there is also a soft voice calling forth from a simple wholeness.

It is not the loudest.

It lacks the drama carried by the other voices.

And, yes, even when you clearly hear it,

you still sometimes clam up into a forced silence,

denying yourself your own…


Added by Howard McQueen on October 8, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What Are Guardian Angels?

Guardian Angels are thought to be spiritual beings that are "assigned" to assist people here on Earth in various ways. Whether there is one angel per person, one angel for several person or several angels for one person is open to question. But whether you believe in them or not, or whether you want one or not, believers insist that you do have a guardian angel. What is their assignment? According to "Encounters of the Angelic Kind" at Future365 (now defunct), "they intercept at many…


Added by Izabella Malenka on August 21, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

The unity of mind, body, and spirit

Spiritual well-being, and the role it plays in your life, is stronger than you may believe. The word "spiritual" refers to that core dimension of YOU - your innermost self. It provides you with that profound sense of who you are, where you came from, where you're going and how you might reach your goals. Spiritual wellness may mean different things to different people. For some, spirituality may be synonymous with traditional religion, while for others it relates primarily to the quality of…


Added by Izabella Malenka on August 20, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments

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