My name is Will Wright. I am a musician, retired music teacher, writer, carpenter, husband, and father of five. My life-long spiritual journey has been influenced by Jiddu Krishnamurti, psychedelics, Ram Dass, my fellow students at the Ali Akbar College of Music and an endless list of brilliant musicians from many traditions, Zen (esp. Suzuki Roshi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Philip Kapleau, & Paul Reps), everyone at the original Mindfulness Practice Center in Woodstock, Vermont, my absurd and mostly comical pursuit of the mastery of golf and my other-worldly golfing buddies, yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Vipassana, various mantra and meditation techniques, and the many amazing family members and friends who led the way.
My search took a dramatic turn when I was introduced to the Hindu teachings of Advaita Vedanta, especially those of Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj. It ceased for good after first attending a retreat with Rupert Spira, who spent many years learning from his teacher and friend Francis Lucille, and then my meeting John Wheeler, who had immersed himself in the works of Nisargadatta via Sailor Bob Adamson.
To say that my spiritual search ‘ceased for good’ is not entirely accurate. The pointers of the great sages, past and present, led to the recognition that there never was a ‘me’ to go searching in the first place. We are already what we yearn for. The seeker is the sought. This is ‘the open secret’ (Tony Parsons), ‘the diamond in your pocket’ (Gangaji), ‘the silence of the heart’ (Robert Adams), the ‘perfect brilliant stillness’ (David Carse), and ’emptiness dancing’ (Adyashanti). Join the party!
This blog has nothing to do with concepts, beliefs, or opinions. It has everything to do with the direct experiential discovery of our true identity – pure consciousness, or aware presence – whose inherent nature is one of peace, happiness, and love. And the wonderful fact that there are not two (Advaita = one without a second).
I live, work, and play in Vermont’s Green Mountains. I’m lucky and grateful to be surrounded and inspired by gifted, insightful, and loving family members, along with our extended family of creative and warm-hearted friends.
I welcome all correspondence. If you would like to comment on any post, or have any questions or suggestions, please email me at email@example.com.
The essays and quotes on this site are meant for spiritual inquiry only and are not intended as a substitute for psychotherapy, addiction therapy, medical care, legal or technical advice. Please consult a licensed professional in all of these matters.
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