philosophic inquiry into life and meaning

...if truth were not for man the desire for truth would not be as a burning unrest in his heart...

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  • Blurb from their site: "TAT Foundation, established by Richard Rose as a place of genuine friendship, offers a direct approach to the spiritual search and help for the spiritual seeker." This is a great group of sincere seekers, meetings currently in WV 4 times a year and there are satellite groups too.
  • Resources for the Sincere Seeker. SearchWithin is committed to offering rare resources for the sincere spiritual seeker who is earnestly looking for the True Self. Here, you will find unique reading material and other resources for seekers who are serious about discovering something meaningful—something deeper in life. We offer no dogmas, no enchanted formulas, and no sales pitches. Read these pages with an open mind and an open heart, and you may catch a glimpse of something deeper within... Lots to read and download of advice for the path of a seeker.
  • "There is a path to Truth. From ignorance to relative knowledge. From relative knowledge to an awareness of the limitation of such knowledge. And finally, we pass from that which we recognize as loosely associated intelligence to a reality of Being." -Richard Rose Information on Richard Rose (1917 - 2005), a great spiritual teacher from West Virgina, USA.
  • The Headless Way offers you a practical, user-friendly way to see Who you really are. This method was developed by the philosopher Douglas Harding. At the heart of this approach are the Experiments - awareness exercises that guide your attention directly to your deepest identity. Website of Douglas Harding's Headless Way about his discovery that he has no head and what that really means.
  • A Door to Ways and Means on the Spiritual Path. The Search for Spiritual Truth can be an elusive and exhausting battle. The need for self-definition and self-knowledge is rare and seldom valued in today's society. In other words, we need all the help we can get. Through this site I hope to offer a few simple and effective tools for turning one's life into a living prayer: ways and means on the practical road to the Divine. Missal: a book containing all that is said or sung at mass during the entire year. This site contains many good Tricks and Traps, Advice, Prayers, Articles, and a Blog of a former seeker.
  • Blurb from their site: "Our Mission: To create inspiring and challenging films that explore the spiritual, philosophic, and metaphysical dimensions of life." A friend's site who makes spiritual documentaries which convey the searching of life's questions through those who have realized the answers as well as those still searching.
  • Ratings of spiritual teachers, guidelines for choosing a teacher, reviews of spiritual movies and books, discussion boards, and links to other spiritual sites. Shawn Nevins, once a student of Richard Rose (no longer a seeker, now a finder), created this site to give back a useful perspective about teachers and the spiritual path.
  • This board is intended for anyone with a sincere interest in a spiritual path or teacher and is not limited to those interested in spiritual teachers reviewed at Only members may post. A discussion board/forum for locating others in your area with a spiritual interest or talking about spiritual teachers.
  • In the spiritual search, the quest for true self-definition, we soon come to the realization that our best efforts, and even our very selves, are mechanical and reactive. No matter how subtle or astute our meditation may be, we will never realize nirvana by using yet another facet of samsara. A different level of seeing is needed, a pure awareness that is not itself a product of the world or mind, but primary to the reaction pattern we call ourselves. A looking which is attentive, yet not reactive. A listening which is not affected by circumstance and the constant changes of the mind. Such an attention would lie outside of time and space, beyond circumstance, yet be aware of them as well as itself. Such a Listening Attention would also be directly connected to the formless inner realm of our True Self, and provide a Gateway to Within.
  • 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? -Art Ticknor These questions are explored at this site with lots of useful information, advice, and systems for "capital S" Self discovery.
  • This website is an umbrella for groups meeting throughout the world of those who are seeking to truly understand themselves; to first know themselves. List of self-inquiry discussion groups inspired by the teachings of Richard Rose and his students.
  • by Dr. J. J. van der Leeuw, a really great book about perception, reality and the Absolute. This book is remarkable for its very clear exposition of the nature of illusion and the need to pierce its veil and find the reality that exists at every moment of time. "We always seek in the wrong direction," says Dr. van der Leeuw, "we always want more time; we demand even endless time in our quest of immortality. Yet the infinitely greater Reality is ever ours to enter if we but will."
  • Blogs and articles by Howdie Mickoski. He talks about the ancient wisdom that the world has lost and many other spiritual topics. Also excerpts (whole chapters) from his books. Worth a read.
  • Links to The Most Rapid and Direct Means to Eternal Bliss by Michael Langford, TAT Foundation, Recordings and Transcripts of teacher Clara Llum, and a listing of groups and sites as well as blogs of students and teachers of the Albigen system as started by Richard Rose.
  • A gathering of folks from all walks of life, people of all religious and philosophical outlooks, Eastern and Western. We are neither a group nor an organization. We are unbeholden and unattached to leaders or an intermediary. The Seminal Idea of Truth is capable of standing on its own. We spend no time worshiping the fountain, rather, we drink the water...
  • Readings in Theravada Buddhism. What is Theravada Buddhism? / Buddhism FAQ / Befriending the suttas / Self-guided tour of the Buddha's teachings / Tipitaka: Modern translations of more than 1,000 important suttas from the Pali canon, indexed by sutta, subject, proper name, and simile.
  • "KNOW THYSELF" Perhaps it is best said at the outset that we consider ourselves to be at the earliest beginnings of man's first true awakening. We consider the problems of the world to be rooted in the fact that each individual person has not yet discovered the nature of his own consciousness. The grand awakening, should it ever come, would be one in which every individual person is brought to realization and complete, clear awareness of their own internal workings...
  • Essays and exercises on Eastern and Western Hermetic, Esoteric and Mystical Philosophies to awaken Cosmic Consciousness and unfold Primordial Wisdom. When we express ourselves with words, thoughts or feelings, we are under the impression that it is our mind and intellect that generate our thinking. It is true that we do have "thoughts" and use our "intellect" projecting around us "thought-forms" and psychic expressions of all kinds... But, all of these are passing illusions and realities, projections of our ego desires and wishes.
  • A source of informed essays and commentary on the life, writings, and teachings of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. Mr. Gurdjieff was an extraordinary man, a master in the truest sense. His teachings speak to our most essential questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life, and of human life in particular? As a young man, Gurdjieff relentlessly pursued these questions and became convinced that practical answers lay within ancient traditions. Through many years of searching and practice he discovered answers and then set about putting what he had learned into a form understandable to the Western world.
  • Hearing hundreds of different answers to this question from hundreds of different people makes one wonder: What make some people more aware of their own mortality than others? What motivates people to take action in their lives? What values do we hold as a society? And what values do other societies around the world find important? The Before I die I want to... project was inspired by a combination of factors: (1) the “death” of the Polaroid, (2) a psychologist’s tool called safety contracts, and (3) a passion to get people to think about (and act upon) what is really important in their lives through this simple, straight-forward question.