the Advaita Center

Entrance to the advaita center

Entrance to the Advaita Center

The Advaita Center in Gouda, existing under the umbrella of the non-profit Openness Foundation, has functioned for many years as a locus for the activities of Douwe Tiemersma and those drawn to his teaching. During his lifetime there were weekly satsangs, weekend retreats and week-long retreats. Now that he has passed away, and as he wished, no successor has been named. Thus the spiritual teaching activities of the center have ended. So too has the lease on the building. It’s over.

However, the Advaita Center does continue to function in a provisionary role, supporting the Uitgeverij Advaita (Advaita Publishers) and the Advaita Center website.  If you are interested in more details please consult its website. Additionally, during Douwe’s lifetime he worked to facilitate the organization of a number of localized Advaita Groups, which had sprung up as a response to his teaching in various cities in Belgium and the Netherlands. These groups were for people who were deeply affected by his insight into non-duality. They continue to meet on a regular basis for meditation and the reading of non-dual texts (from Douwe and/or Maharaj). Each group has an organizer but there is no teacher. If you are interested, please refer to its website (which is in Dutch only).

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