Shining World Events

James Swartz and Shining World hold satsangs and talks all around the world. From North America, to Europe, Africa, and India, James travels far and wide teaching Vedanta in a unique way that Westerners can appreciate. There is never any charge for the teaching, only to cover the cost of travel and expenses.

Upcoming events

The Self is Bliss 

The ever-present Self is experienced as being, awareness and bliss.  This seminar unfolds Vedanta's teachings on bliss based on Chapters 11-15 of Vidyaranya's Panchadasi and the Narada Bhakti Sutras.  


Inquiry into Existence (Panchadasi) available here:


The Yoga of Love (Narada Bhakti Sutras)  available here: 

Details and Application

Seminar by Donation  

Event Date 04-12-2019
Event End Date 04-16-2019

Mandukya Upanishad & Karika

This popular and often misunderstood text is considered the ‘king’ of the Upanishads because its simple elegant logic in the hands of an accomplished teacher removes the belief that the self is a finite entity, revealing its limitless fullness.  The famous commentaries of Gaudapada, a great sage of the Vedantic sampradaya, presents a radical creation teaching, non-origination.  Creation teachings are important because the Upanishads unequivocally state that reality is non-dual consciousness/existence.  If it is, then how can we explain the presence of duality, which we continually experience? 

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Event Date 04-19-2019
Event End Date 04-21-2019

Annual Trout Lake Seminar

Disregard the dates listed.  The seminar will take place in August as usual.  We will announce the specific dates in January.  
Event Date 08-01-2019
Event End Date 08-31-2019