Tony Parsons – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

The Open Secret message is totally radical and uncompromising. It is a rare and singular expression of absolute non-dualism. It bypasses the mind and speaks directly to the very core of a wisdom that is imminent in all of us. When there is a readiness to hear, all seeking and need for personal endeavor falls away, leaving simply the wonder of what is.

There is no me or you, no seeker, no enlightenment, no disciple and no guru. There is no better or worse, no path, and nothing that has to be achieved. All appearance is source. All that apparently manifests — the world, the life story, the hypnotic dream of separation, the search for home — is the one appearing as two, the nothing appearing as everything, the absolute appearing as the particular.

There is no separate intelligence weaving a destiny, and no choice functioning at any level. Nothing is happening, but this, as it is, invites the apparent seeker to rediscover that which already is…the abiding, uncaused, unchanging, impersonal silence from which unconditional love overflows and celebrates. It is the wonderful mystery.

Tony Parsons has been sharing this “open secret” with people for over thirty years. His talks and workshops are highly regarded in England, Western Europe and, more recently, North America.



  • Wow! I love being a human identity! it’s such a beautiful expression of life. Poor Tony is missing out! Who cares if theres nothing happening -chill out mate!

  • not true… there is thinking, and there is not thinking… does a baby think i am going to say “mama”? no it just does.
    the mind is good for figuring out and planning but we’ve learned to use the mind for everything else humans do which doesn’t serve us very well because of how the mind works with fear and neurosis.
    we are misled that we are what we think or we are our minds… we are much more than what we think we are…
    try listening to what you are not actively thinking and you will see.

  • I accidentally deleted my previous post. Problem here is you confuse the mind with the thinking process. Neo-Advaitans always do. Traditional Vedanta doesn’t. The mind is so much more than mere thought. What I’m saying is you’re asking Rick to give up his mind when a mind is in fact exactly what is required if he is to understand Tony’s speech. Without a mind Rick would only hear meaningless sound, like a person who hasn’t learnt language yet, or a cat. Stop simplifying complex phenomena.

  • This interview can be summed up like this:

    Tony: “I went to the grocery store today.”
    Rick: “What did you get?”
    Tony: “There’s no one to get anything!!! You’re deluded, just like the Buddha, Ramana Maharshi, and everyone else who preceded the apparent Tony were. I’m not here but they obviously were!”

    Thank you Tony for your excellent demonstration of the utter insanity of jumping between (scientifically recognized) completely different levels of reality at the most inappropriate times.

  • What i don`t like is that he says that everything is perfect as it is but also emphasise on contracted energy and energetic shift. It makes me think that i am not free enough until energetic shift happen, that with it would be better and now it`s not quite good.

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