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On the Edge of the (Un)Known

Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA
Wednesday October 19 – Sunday October 23, 2016

Pre-conference Workshops: October 19-20, 2016
Main Conference: October 20-23, 2016

I do not negate the world; I see it appearing in consciousness, which is the totality of the known in the immensity of the unknown.
 Nisargadatta Maharaj

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.
                                                                                                                                      ― Albert Einstein

Both science and spirituality reflect the human urge to know – that perennial itch to make sense of the world and who we are. This search is an essential part of being human. We live life supported by knowledge. However, the larger our knowledge the larger the shore of the unknown becomes.

We probe reality the best we can with our tools of understanding: structures, models, theories, myths, beliefs, teachings, etc. These tools of understanding also define the limits our knowledge. Is it possible to go beyond the limits of our tools? And what would it take?

This year at SAND we will explore that edge where knowledge meets the unknown and the unknowable. We will navigate that space where something else takes over – call it intuition, deeper knowing, trust, surrender – a place from which new discoveries in science and realizations in spirituality become possible. What is the horizon of our current knowledge, and where are we expanding the edge of the unknown?

What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow as a species in a world filled with mystery and wonder, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if our search is considered open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or at a final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that the knowledge we gather is just a stepping-stone and not the arrival at a final destination?

(3 lunches Fri, Sat and Sun included)
Standard Rate:
June 1 th- Oct 15th
Onsite: Oct 19 th- 23rd

Pre-conference Workshops
Oct. 19th - 20th
$50 (Onsite: $60)Register
Day Passes
Fri. Oct. 21st (7am - midnight and includes 1 lunch)
Sat. Oct. 22nd (7am - midnight and includes 1 lunch)
Sun. Oct. 23 rd (7am - 7pm and includes 1 lunch)
$225 (Onsite $235 without lunch) Register
Taste of SAND
Thur. Oct. 20th (7pm - 10pm)
Fri. Oct. 21th (8:30pm - 10:30pm)
$55 (Onsite: $65)

$35 (Onsite $45)
SAND Livestream
We will be streaming daily from Thursday Oct. 20th @ 7pm (PST) through Sunday Oct. 23rd @ 6pm (PST).

Program SAND16 US

The SAND16 program begins with pre-conference workshops on Wednesday Oct. 19th at 4pm and on Thursday Oct. 20th from 9am till 5pm. The main conference begins at 7pm on Thursday evening, Oct. 20th and will continue through…

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