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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 & DVDs

  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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The eye
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The mind
The individual self
  The eye
The optic nerve-center (the brain)
The mind
The individual self / the ego
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"The mind is nothing else than the 'I'-thought. The mind and the ego are one and the same. Intellect, will, ego, and individuality are collectively the same mind." - Ramana Maharshi

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