Humanity Rising

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Science and Nonduality: A Dialogue with Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo

In this lively conversation with Jim Garrison, founder and president of Ubiquity University, Zaya and Maurizio discuss their original vision for SAND and reflect on the evolution of the organization and its work in the past 13 years. They also examine how nonduality can help with the polarization of our world and what role individual and collective trauma plays in this fragmentation. 

Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984 came to the United States on a ninety-eight-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encounteringI Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentaryShort Cut to Nirvana. 

Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria with degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States. 

Maurizio and Zaya merged their lifelong passions for science and mysticism when they met in 2007, and their first project together was filming the documentaryRays of the Absoluteon the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next level of creation and collaboration:Science and Non Duality, a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.

Co-Moderators:
Jim Garrison, President, Ubiquity University, with Sabinije von Gaffke, Entrepreneur, Change Leader, Founder, Impactfullness Ventures

#94 One Human Family

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In this episode we present excerpts from the recent conversation (June 2024) as part of SAND’s “Conversations on Palestine” around the premiere of the film Where Olive Trees Weep hosted by the directors of the film and co-founders of SAND, Zaya and

Trauma and Awakening for Highly Sensitive People

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There are still several unanswered questions surrounding the relationship between trauma and Highly Sensitive People

#92 Gaza & the Bodhisattva Path

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A conversation from the <em>Where Olive Trees Weep</em> premiere on Palestine

The Heart Goes Rogue

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May you find the beauty everywhere and the perfection in the apparent imperfection

Suzuki’s Waterfall: On Separation and Death

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Whether it is separated into drops or not, water is water

Living with a Courageous Heart in Times of Crisis

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More than ever, we need the inner reflections and meditations that help us connect with our capacities for clarity, bravery and openheartedness.

#90 Dancing in the Fire

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A panel from <em>Where Olive Trees Weep</em> exploring Muslim Spirituality Illuminating the Path to Freedom

#89 Arab Jewish Mysticism

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Deep connections in Arab Judaism, mysticismm science and activism

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