pronounced Nay-tone, was given her name by
His Holiness the 16th Karmapa.
Ngeton means “Original Mind”.
graced to meet many masters of various
traditions from whom she received
initiations, teachings, and practices.
In 1991, she met
her final teacher and beloved guru Jean Dunn
who was a disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Nisargadatta was a member of the
spiritual lineage of the Navnath Sampradaya.
The Nath lineage
is said to date back to the legendary
Avadhut Dattatreya and only came to be known
as the Navnath (meaning ‘nine-masters’) when
in the remote past 9 masters were chosen by
followers as exemplars of their sect. The
word sampradaya means an established
teaching propagated from master to disciple.
Though the Navnath lineage is tantric, in
recent times the Inchgiri branch which came
through Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's guru, Sri
Siddharameshwar Maharaj, has been
popularized as Advaita Vedanta. Many
offshoots and sub-sects of the Naths have
arisen spontaneously in service to
Though the style
and methods of Navnath gurus vary, the
teachings are simple and direct.
Historically, teachers traveled on foot from
village to village propagating the teachings
until they were no longer able to. If one or
more disciples were ready, they would be
asked to “carry on the teachings”.
In 1980 Sri
Nisargadatta Maharaj told Jean Dunn to carry
on the teachings. Prior to this, at his request, she
edited and published his talks in the books
Seeds of Consciousness, Prior to
Consciousness, and Consciousness and
the Absolute. In 1995, Jean Dunn
designated Ngeton to carry on the teachings.
In the free and
spontaneous way of the Naths, Ngeton
utilizes any teaching or method necessary