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About John David

When I first started my spiritual work I had the idea that if I understood certain things I would become spiritual. Now I have a different view about all that. Now it’s more about living in the moment.
There’s nothing special, no special thing called enlightenment. Nothing like that is going to happen. You’re already enlightened, if you want to say it like that. The problem is that there is so much between your True Nature – the enlightenment – and the way you’re living your life.

About John David

When I first started my spiritual work I had the idea that if I understood certain things I would become spiritual. Now I have a different view about all that. Now it’s more about living in the moment.
  There’s nothing special, no special thing called enlightenment. Nothing like that is going to happen. You’re already enlightened, if you want to say it like that. The problem is that there is so much between your True Nature – the enlightenment – and the way you’re living your life.

John David grew up in England and worked as an architect in London and Japan.  Successful on the outside there was still something lacking inside.
   Being confronted with the harsh cultural differences in Japan and spending much of his time alone, made him raise introspective questions. 

This led him to an inner journey. He was guided to Osho’s Ashram in India where the first time in his life he found a deep resonance to what he was looking for.
    For 15 years John David lived on and off at Osho’s Ashram where he experienced the profound value of inner work, meditation and community.

This led him to an inner journey. He was guided to Osho’s Ashram in India where the first time in his life he found a deep resonance to what he was looking for.

For 15 years John David lived on and off at Osho’s Ashram where he experienced the profound value of inner work, meditation and community.

After Osho passed away he went to Papaji (H.W.L. Poonja) in 1992, where a profound awakening happened. He stayed with Papaji for five years, grounding the moment of awakening.
    In Papaji’s presence for the first time he really understood the illusion of the “I”. During his time in Lucknow old mind structures fell away and a gradual deepening of silence happened. 

 

He travelled all over the world to find and interview Indian, European, Australian and American spiritual teachers.
   In this way he collected their wisdom in his Books and Films Blueprints for Awakening and Meetings with Remarkable People, so that it may be there for future generations.

He travelled all over the world to find and interview Indian, European, Australian and American spiritual teachers.

In this way he collected their wisdom in his Books and Films Blueprints for Awakening and Meetings with Remarkable People, so that it may be there for future generations.

In 2000 he started sharing in meetings internationally. Over more than 20 years of teaching, his own style of teaching has developed, yet it was deeply influenced and formed by the Indian Satsang tradition of his own Masters and those who he feels a close connection to. 

In 2000 he started sharing in meetings internationally. Over more than 20 years of teaching, his own style of teaching has developed, yet it was deeply influenced and formed by the Indian Satsang tradition of his own Masters and those who he feels a close connection to. 

In 2003 he moved to Germany and in 2004 the Open Sky House Satsang and Art Community formed spontaneously around him out of a retreat.
   Today there are three Spiritual Centers, open for anybody with a longing for, near Cologne in Germany, near Kiev in Ukraine and the New International Community near Valencia in Spain. Here John David works and shares closely and intensely with his international students.

In 2003 he moved to Germany and in 2004 the Open Sky House Satsang and Art Community formed spontaneously around him out of a retreat.
    Today there are three Spiritual Centers, open for anybody with a longing for, near Cologne in Germany, near Kiev in Ukraine and the New International Community near Valencia in Spain. Here John David works and shares closely and intensely with his international students.

Students who don`t live in the community meet regularly with John David in Sangha groups, which is a great support. Living in the society it is very easy to fall back into mind structures.
    The Sangha Weekends are a reminder to reconnect to the silence within. Being an artist, author and film maker, he very much supports any creativity to express beauty, silence and the celebration of life in many different ways.

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The communities around John David are vibrant international meeting points and offer a strong and loving energy field for anybody interested in inner freedom.
    You can meet John David in Satsang and Retreats spend time in his community as a guest or volunteer. Or you can decide to live with John David and join the community.

The communities around John David are vibrant international meeting points and offer a strong and loving energy field for anybody interested in inner freedom.

You can meet John David in Satsang and Retreats spend time in his community as a guest or volunteer. Or you can decide to live with John David and join the community.

In this Interview John David shares about his life and core teachings: 

John David as a Teacher

John David - Day by Day

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John David's Spiritual Masters

Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Papaji, H.W.L. Poonja

Osho Rajneesh

Interviews with John David

Interview for the film "Flowers of Nirvana”

The first thing I would say is that there are not any enlightened people.
   This word enlightenment is a wrong word. It is like sex or love or god. It is like some idea far away in the future. Maybe it has a value because it can bring people to find themselves, just as the peak of Mount Everest brings people to climb mountains. In this way this word enlightenment is useful, but in fact it is a wrong use when you say enlightened people. It is not possible to be an enlightened person. That is a wrong idea about how things are…

Interview with Eddie Blatt

You have been giving Satsang for about five years now? What does Satsang mean and what do you offer people who come to your Satsangs?

Well, the word sat‚ means truth, so Satsang, means a meeting in truth. At some point after I arrived in Australia I started working with people, initially teaching meditation and some of the healing arts that I knew. At the same time seeing that I wanted to share this simple truth that my friend had tried to show me before, that Papaji finally did show me, I wanted to share it with people…

Rainbow Interview - Be quite and awaken!

What does Being Quiet mean?

By following a technique like Zazen or Vipassana you come to Stillness or Peace. What I’m suggesting is that without any kind of technique you can simply be quiet. As you close your eyes and be quiet you become aware of a lot of thoughts and feelings. After some time you start to notice gaps between the thoughts, just brief moments of Stillness. Focusing on these gaps the thoughts and feelings are far away and you become aware of a vast expanded space inside, without boundaries…

Interview about Enlightenment

From your own experience, what would you call Enlightenment?

I would say that enlightenment starts where all words finish. So there is no word, there is no way of defining it. Even from my own experience, I cannot find words. The word enlightenment itself is but a pointer to that which is beyond words. Perhaps it is necessary to have a word because the word attracts people. I’ve come close to enlightenment now. By coming close, the word doesn’t have any meaning any more. It’s not a word that I am very much aware of. It’s something that I can’t define. In a sense it’s all human experience, which is beyond words.

Interview about the Open Sky House Community

What’s the idea of living in this community?
The beautiful thing about our Open Sky House Community is that it doesn’t really have any particular idea. It has some point and that is to Awaken to Truth. The point of the community is to make a place, a space, which can be a fertile place for Awakening. Satsang occurring in formal meetings and in the day-to-day life forms the core of the community. We have a program of meditation everyday and through these meditation techniques people become grounded in their body. That is preparing the vehicle.