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About Payton Tontz

Payton Tontz, PhD, MFT received her MA in Integral Counseling Psychology and PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Tontz looks forward to publishing her dissertation as an academic book in the near future and continuing to do research and writing building on the theoretical foundation established in her dissertation. Dr. Tontz is also a licensed psychotherapist with practices in San Francisco and San Rafael.  For more information visit

The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening in Advaita Vedanta: From Bondage to Liberation

By Payton Tontz Abstract Advaita Vedanta, based on the Hindu Upaniṣads of India, is a spiritual teaching tradition that has gained attention in the West over the past century. The teachings address the fundamental spiritual question of the nature of … Continue reading

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