“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön

 

Who Does “I Am” Refer To? – Dorothy Hunt

Nov 5, 2023

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Who or what do we refer to when we say, “I am…”?

In this talk, Dorothy Hunt explores the difference between the ‘home ground’ of just being, before we add definitions of ‘I am.’

Our pure being, or Buddha nature, is always becoming something, and often underlies the doing that we experience. However, as we focus more on doing, it draws us into a need for accomplishment and doing more, of clinging and aversion.

Dorothy goes on to define the ground of being as emptiness or “that which is empty of definition and empty of self.”
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Dorothy Hunt serves as spiritual director of Moon Mountain Sangha and was the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is the author of Only This!, Leaves from Moon Mountain, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness, as well as articles published on nondual wisdom and psychotherapy.

She teaches at the request and in the spiritual lineage of Adyashanti, who invited her to share the dharma in 2004. Dorothy has a long and deep connection to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita, and the Christian mystics. She invites a deep welcoming of the human expressions of the mystery.

A licensed psychotherapist since 1967, Dorothy has now retired from her private practice. She is a mother and a grandmother. For more information, please visit: dorothyhunt.org or Dorothy Hunt – Moon Mountain Sangha on YouTube.