Jean Klein

Jean Klein, a musicologist and doctor, traveled to India where he was influenced by Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, studied Kashmir Shaivism and was sent to the West to teach Advaita Vedanta. He is regarded as one most eloquent communicators of non-duality in the second half of the 20th century.

“His teaching employs a “direct approach” beyond any mental activity or striving, pointing straight to the ultimate where all that belongs to the mind, time, and space is integrated. What is sought is a sudden insight, a clear awakening to what we are, what we have been, and what we shall be forever.” ~ excerpt from

“The striking thing about Dr. Klein is his independence. He teaches Advaita but he rarely uses its technical terms. In fact, he has developed his own vocabulary which consists mainly of the special use of words like ‘listening’, ‘transparency’, and so on. Nor does he refer back to the tradition for any kind of confirmation. He occasionally gives a quotation from Gaudapada but nothing more. He does not mention other teachers (such as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj, to name only two of the best known). His is not an approach which makes itself more persuasive by making connections of this kind.” ~ excerpt from The Book of Enlightened Masters: Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions, by Andrew Rawlinson.

Click here to read a biography of Jean Klein by Andrew Rowlinson including a glimpse into his “teachings.”

Click here for a free excerpt (~12 pages out of ~380) from The Book of Listening.

And, click here to purchase a copy of his book:The Book of Listening.

To find more information about Jean, please visit

Jean Klein: The Flame of Being, an interview with Michael Toms. To read transcript click here. Thanks to Sat Sangha Salon.

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