Stillness Speaks is the website portal for Atma Vicara (or Atma Vichara) a non-profit organization. Atma Vicara, through all of its digital assets (or web channels), offers a safe harbor to nurture the community of spiritual seekers pursuing self realization through the direct experience of self inquiry.

In May 2015, Chris and the Manifests (Cherie and Sanjiv) came together to rekindle Stillness Speaks through their shared passion for enhancing the non-profit organization’s ability to aggregate and distribute authentic resources of the many paths of self inquiry across all traditions: be they spiritual, philosophical, or scientific.

The key change from the old Stillness Speaks is to expand the scope to multiple paths vs. be largely focused on the nonduality/advaita path. The former distinctly Indian traditional Advaita Vedanta look&feel has evolved into a new, contemporary multi-path/multi-tradition visual interface, which underscores, and is a direct, tangible reflection of, Atma Vicvara’s core intention:

Our approach is integral, all are welcome.

Atma Vicara executive stewardship comprises of a Board Advisory Council and a business operations Board of Directors.

Executive Advisory Council (EAC)

The EAC is a group of distinguished scholars and leaders in the various fields, disciplines, and traditions being offered on Stillness Speaks. This council guides the Board of Directors re our content, relationships, and presence in the “multi-teachers/traditions space.” The key purpose is to ensure Stillness Speaks integrity. Current EAC members are:

Greg Goode is the bestselling author of many popular articles and bestselling books such as After Awareness, The Direct Path, Standing As Awareness, and Emptiness and Joyful Freedom (with Tomas Sander).  

Greg is well-known for the innovative approach combining the ancient “direct-path” method of self-inquiry with modern electronic media. He is a member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA), and serves as technical consultant for their peer-reviewed journal Philosophical Practice.

Greg studied philosophy at the Universität zu Köln in Cologne, Germany, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester.

henry shukmanHenry Shukman (Ryu’un-ken) is an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage, based in Kamakura, Japan. He trained with Joan Rieck Roshi, John Gaynor, Ruben Habito Roshi, and now continues his training under the guidance of Yamada Ryoun Roshi, current abbot of Sanbo Zen. Henry is dedicated to what he sees as core Zen training – clarifying our essential nature thereby finding true peace of mind, and then living that essential nature in every moment of daily life, in freedom, love and deep responsiveness.

Henry is the first Sanbo Zen teacher to have taught at Mountain Cloud Zen Center since its founder. He is a writer and poet who has published eight books to date, of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. He regularly contributes to Tricycle, The New York Times and other publications, and his most recent book is the poetry collection Archangel.

scott kilobyScott Kiloby is an author and international speaker on the subject of freedom through non-dual realization. He is the author of seven books and has traveled the world extensively giving lectures, workshops and intensives on spiritual awakening and the healing of addiction, anxiety, depression and trauma.

Scott is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor & Registered Addiction Specialist, Co-founder & Director of the Kiloby Center for Recovery, Inc., co-owner of the Natural Rest House, COO of MyLife Recovery Centers, and Founder of the Living Inquiries Community.

New members, from various traditions, will be added to the EAC on a revolving basis. Stay tuned for more details …

Executive Board of Directors

The Executive Board of Directors manages the Atma Vicara business operations. It defines the overall strategy, direction for Atma Vicara and oversees the day-to-day operations. Its members are Chris Hebard, and Sanjiv & Cherie Manifest, the co-founders of the new StillnessSpeaks. Chris is the founder of the original Stillness Speaks.

Stillness Speaks co-founders Chris, Sanjiv, Cherie

“It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with “I,” “me,” “mine,” that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else’s.”  ~Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy

Content Team

The ongoing creation of Stillness Speaks is possible through the dedication and commitment of our growing team: Johanna Sindelar (Content Publishing), Canton Becker (Webmaster), Matt Preiser (Instagram), Jonathan Mugford (Videography). {Images for the entire team are coming soon}




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Acknowledgements and Gratitude …

…. to those who have served in the blooming of Stillness Speaks …

“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.” ~ Buddha

Since its inception, Stillness Speaks has been a labor of love and service to others – started by Chris Hebard as part of his personal transformation journey and subsequently fostered by others as the “project” grew. Over the years many contributed in various capacities, e.g.,  site/business operations (past board members, editor, interviewer/host, social media manager, eCommerce manager, web developer, logistics), guest blogging, and more. The site/business operations staff listed below have moved on to other ventures – we wish them the very best. 

We are deeply grateful to these dedicated individuals who offered their time, efforts, skills, expertise, and their passion for self realization. Stillness Speaks is here because of them:

Site/Business Operations

Mahesh & Denise Podar
Sandhya Keller
Paula Marvelly
Nancy Adamson
Carlos Mendez

Pre-2015 Guest Blogging

Chuck Surface
Mark Scorelle
Michael Jeffreys
Greg Goode
Robert Wolfe
Peter Dziuban
Jerry Katz
Scott Kiloby

And, our special thanks to Rick Archer, Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo, Francis Lucille, Iain & Renate McNay, Rupert Spira, and Raj Thakur. Over the last many years they have brought depth, wisdom, and humor to the Stillness Speaks journey.

Some individuals want to remain anonymous for privacy reasons – we honor that but still want to express our heartfelt appreciation for their contributions.

We also express our deep gratitude to Canton Becker for designing this website. He is a stellar website designer/developer and we are very fortunate to have him on our team. And, we are most grateful to Malcolm Brooker for helping create the home page video and the initial logo.

Finally, we may have forgotten some names – there were so many gracious contributors over the years – please forgive us and let us know and we’ll update this Acknowledgements and Gratitude page.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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