Zaya and Maurizio’s BATGAP Interview

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Our founders Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo. share their touching personal stories as well as the history and future vision for SAND in this special Buddha at the Gaspump interview with our friend Rich Archer.

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 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 encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut To Nirvana.

Maurizio and Zaya merged their lifelong passions for science and mysticism when they met in 2007, and their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next level of creation and collaboration: Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.

Hollowed by Grief, Hallowed by Grace

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Purchase Hollowed by Grief, Hallowed by Grace: A Silent Kirtan of Poetry and Art by Rashani V Réa, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and James Crews

Amen

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No, I don't feel death coming / I feel death going

Liberating the Social Instinct to Support Realization 

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Exploring the origins, distortions, and liberating potential of the social instinct, as discussed by Diamond Approach founders A

On Spiritual Bypassing and Relationship

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Spiritual bypassing is a term I coined to describe a process I saw happening in the Buddhist community I was in, and also in myself

#68 Listening Heart

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A deeply vulnerable exploration of the heart, empowerment, and the courage to listen.

Life is a Gift

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Short excerpt from an interview Charles Eisenstein gave on the Know Thyself podcast

#59 Attuned

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Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo discuss Thomas’ new book Attuned: Practicing Interdependence to Heal Our Trauma

Murmurations: Growing Through Grief

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At its core, grief is an acknowledgment of love

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