Francis Lucille

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Spiritual Teacher
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USA, France, England
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Other Related Gurus: 
Jean Klein (his guru), Wei Wu Wei, Wolter Keers, Rupert Spira, Krishna Menon


Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher and author.

After graduating from the École Polytechnique, Paris, in 1966, he worked as a mathematician and physicist.

In 1973, an encounter with Vedantic and Zen scriptures, and his meeting his teacher, the European Advaitia master Jean Klein, triggered a deep seif-inquiry that found its resolution in 1975.

Since retiring from formal employment as a scientist and a diplomat, he has been meeting with truth-seekers, sharing his understanding of non-dualism in dialogues, meditation sessions, and retreats.

He is currently residing in California.



Lucille points to timeless essence, awareness, as the real substance of our world and body, offering a direct way to end fear and suffering. His teaching is through the direct path. The direct path takes this ultimate goal as a starting point. Direct Path Teachers challenge the traditional belief that long periods of sadhana are needed by anyone seeking truth, since we are already realized. They say, why wait until the end of the purification process? The mind has no power to prevent one from recognizing their true nature, unless one postpones in order to prevent this realization.

In contrast, a gradual path is one that proceeds through progressively deeper stages of understanding. As the understanding deepens and is enriched by an expanding awareness of daily experience, an individual progresses towards the ultimate goal, establishing oneself in the understanding of absolute being.

Francis's teachings center on one topic: awareness - our true nature - the Absolute. He traces this to ancient teachings of nonduality, the common ground of Advaita Vedanta, Zen, Taoism and Sufism, the same common ground which is at the core of the message left behind by the founders of all great religions.

Stanley Sobottka, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Virginia, considers him to be an excellent teacher, citing the clarity of his answers to questions.


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Truth Love Beauty

by Francis Lucille


Each chapter of this book contains a conversation with Francis Lucille which took place on a particular day. The first eight chapters are conversations during a residential retreat in a rural setting near Ottawa, Canada in October 2002. The last two chapters are conversations at two public meetings in London in May 2002.\n\nFrancis Lucille is a spiritual teacher in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). A long time disciple of Jean Klein whom he met in 1975, he was a friend of Robert Linssen, Wolter Keers, Yvan Amar, William Samuel and Robert Adams. He was also influenced by J. Krishnamurti, Krishna Menon and Wei Wu Wei whom he knew personally. Many contemporary advaita teachers have attended his teaching events.\nHe transmits the ancient teaching of nonduality, the common ground of Advaita Vedanta, Ch\'an Buddhism, Zen,Taoism and Sufism.\n\nkey words: Advaita spiritual teacher master guru nonduality non duality consciousness vedanta meditation zen buddhism sufism enlightenment self realization inquiry master eckhart ramana maharshi krishna menon jean klein kashmeer