Annual Campout - Trout Lake, Washington - The Complete Teaching -August 16-22, 2020 - James Swartz:

Trout Lake, Washington

The Complete Teaching

During an interview a well-known modern teacher, now deceased, was asked for his “final” teaching and quickly changed the subject.  The question itself reveals a common misconception: freedom is not an event; it is the nature of the Self.  The belief that liberation from the thralldom of matter is a happening is based on the idea that reality is a duality, the world is an effect of a prior cause, and that a finite entity can produce actions that will generate a limitless result.  In fact, reality is non-dual —appearances to the contrary notwithstanding—, a “world” only appears in the human mind, and the one Self is already free.  Therefore, The notion that enlightenment can be “attained” requires an appreciation of the truth that what exists but is not known can only be gained by knowledge, that knowledge requires an appropriate means and that ignorance of our limitlessness is difficult to remove.  The belief that I am small, inadequate, limited and separate from everything cannot be permanently dismissed by a non-dual epiphany, the transmission of spiritual energy, or luck. 

Known for millennia, the “final” teaching “I am ever-free limitless unborn non-dual ordinary awareness/existence/love” is a well-kept secret and will only reveal itself in its fulness when the ignorance that hides it behind beliefs and opinions of every ilk is systematically and rigorously assaulted with a complete teaching.  Vedanta is a complete teaching.  It explains the paths of  love, action and knowledge with reference to our physical, psychological and spiritual selves.  A proven scientific scripture-based tradition, it connects character to values and love and leads a disciplined inquirer from the listening to the reflecting and on to the assimilation phases of self- inquiry with quiet confidence. 

I am giving the complete teaching three times this year because many Self realized individuals who are firmly committed to Vedanta find the steady bliss that should become a constant experience when a qualified person realizes "I am ordinary ever-free unborn ever-present unconcerned Awareness" is often obscured by unresolved emotions developed in childhood and overlooked during the listening and reflecting stages of the teaching.  Vedanta attracts intelligent people who often assume they know more than they do.  Mistakes in the reflecting stage are a consequence of improper hearing.  So it is incumbent that a dedicated inquirer go back to the beginning and listen again. Even when the hearing stage is completed correctly, failure at the reflecting stage is commonplace because of the mind's tendency to delude.  Mistakes at the reflecting stage carry over the assimilation phase, Self actualization.  Because Self deception is the nature of ignorance, all three stages of Vedanta need to be practiced under the tutelage of a qualified teacher.  To accept that you have more work to do when you believe that you are enlightened requires great humility.   

Text:  This seminar explains the complete teaching of Vedanta as unfolded in James' best-selling books, Essence of Enlightenment and How to Attain Enlightenment.  It will showcase signature teachings from Vedanta's most important texts:  Vivekachoodamani, Panchadasi, Bhagavad Gita, Narada Bhakti Sutras, the Three Gunas and Mandukya Karika.   

Only read James' best selling book, Essence of Enlightenment after you have attended this teaching if you are new to Vedanta.  If you are a dedicated inquirer, try to forget everything you have read before you attend this seminar!   

Teaching by Donation:   Vedanta teaching is not a profession, although James teaches it professionally.  In the great tradition of Advaita Vedanta the donation, which is not voluntary, is called guru dakshina which means that you contribute to the teacher and the teaching tradition according to your means and your appreciation of the spiritual value of the teaching.  

Venue:  Mt. Adams Guler Trout Lake County Park,18 Park Road  Trout Lake, WA 98650. 

Teaching Schedule

Sunday August 16 -  Introduction: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Daily from Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd 

1st Session:      9: 30 - 10:30 am

2nd Session:     11:00   - 12:00 pm

3nd Session:         4:00 pm -   5:30 pm

4th Session:     7:00 pm  -  8:30 pm

For more information contact Sundari: 

There is a small grocery store in the little town, a coffee shop and one restaurant. There is a regular grocery store 30 min away by car.

The closest airport is Portland Oregon. It is then a 2 hour drive. Here is a link to see a map of the campsite:



If you arrive by car please bring your own chair.  If you are flying in from the US or abroad please let us know and we will reserve a chair for you.  


If coming East on Interstate 84, Cross the bridge over the Columbia river at Hood River towards Wa, White Salmon. Take a left on Wa 14, then after 1.5 miles, take a right on Wa 141 ALT. Go 19 miles to Trout Lake. Keep left at the gas station at the Y, then left on Jennings Rd at the Post Office, then right on Park rd. The park is on your left.

Lodging in the Trout Lake Area:

(1) Trout Lake Valley Inn:
Call: 509-395-2300. Website:

(2) Serenity's B&B: Five Cabins ranging from $100-$280/night. No discounts.  
Call: 509-395-2500. Website:

(3) Kelly's B&B: 3 rooms from $75 to $85  
Call: 509-395-2769. Website:

(4) Trout Lake Country Inn:  All are $65/night.
Call: 509-395-3667. No website

(5) Trailhead B&B: 3 rooms from $80 to $125   
Call: 509-395-2205  No website

Trout Lake Abbey: A Thiền Buddhist retreat and Spiritual center that is also a B&B. They have 4 rooms with beds ranging from $93 to $126/night, ova-vegan breakfast included. 10% discount on more than 7 days. Also a co-ed hostel is available for $45/night.

(7)  The Trout Lake Grocery Store.  They have 3 separate rooms w/bath with double beds at $45/night. These rooms are quaint and clean and at these rates are good deal. No Breakfast though.
Call: 509-395-2777

(8) For information on recreational activities, housing and motels, contact the Ranger District: Mt. Adams Ranger District. 2455 Highway 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650.
Phone: 509-395-3400; TTY: 360-891-5003.


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Event Date 08-16-2020
Event End Date 08-22-2020
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