Francis, a long time friend and student of Jean Klein, is a spiritual teacher of the Advaita Vedanta tradition. His teaching is not “Neo Advaita” but traditional Advaita, which means that the experience of our true nature has been transmitted from generation to generation by a lineage of sages.
Francis’ teachings reflect those of his guru: appreciation for humor, art, music, and poetry; intellectual rigor with a “personal” twist due to his training in mathematics and physics; and emphasis on the body and its feelings. During this 5-day retreat we practice meditation and yoga inspired by the Tantric and Hatha Yoga traditions, in addition to the traditional Advaitic dialogues.
This retreat is an opportunity to experience one of the West’s most renowned senior teachers of nondual meditation, Francis Lucille. With clarity, humility, and impersonal compassion, Lucille transmits the ancient teaching of nonduality—the common ground of Advaita Vedanta, Ch’an Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, and Sufism—leading us to a deep understanding that what we are is love, the pure awareness behind and between all the activities of the mind.
In Advaita Vedanta, the most direct path to self-realization is the study of truth, deep meditation, and association with the teacher through satsang. Satsang means “gathering in our true being.” This retreat is not a class in how to learn a particular meditation method. Instead, it’s a chance to sit in unstructured stillness and silence and enter into dialogue with an awakened teacher. We also experience yoga of nonduality sessions and informal meetings in the evenings.
Lucille frequently refers to the works of Eastern and Western sages, so his teachings are widely accessible to both Eastern and Western students.