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After 15 years of Zen practice and a series of ever-deepening realizations, this direct, loving and engaging modern teacher began to offer dharma talks, weekend programs and retreats in 1996. Known for his clarity, wisdom and rich humor he has a rapidly expanding base of students, many of whom have awakened to their true nature in his presence. His teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters, and the wisdom teachings of Advaita Vedanta, and speak deeply to all seekers of Truth.
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Join renowned spiritual teacher Adyashanti for a practice-based journey out of the thinking mind and into the awakened awareness beyond perceptual reality.
For renowned teacher Adyashanti, every single moment contains a doorway into spiritual awakening. But what does it actually mean to “wake up” to the truth of reality? And what does it take to recognize these opportunities?
In The Direct Way, Adya (as his students call him) offers a sequence of 30 practices intended to connect with and cultivate ever-greater awareness of the unseen dimensions of your being. From the simple expression of “I am,” to an exploration of the Spiritual Heart, and all the way into the fundamental ground of being, these exercises emphasize that the process of awakening takes “many small glimpses, experienced many times.” Adya concludes with practical pointers on how to integrate transcendent experiences into the everyday fabric of life—including your career, personal goals, and intimate relationships.
Here you will discover:
• How to dis-identify from conceptual, ego-based thinking
• Perceiving the ego as a tool to navigate consciousness rather than an obstacle
• The “knowing yet empty” quality of foundational awareness
• The surprising route to realizing awareness of the Spiritual Heart
• Feeling through the Spiritual Heart as a way to experience true interconnection
• The meaning of the Zen teaching phrase, “This very body is the Buddha”
• Exploring the exhilarating paradox of Being and Becoming
• How to establish anchor points to stabilize your journey into the Ground of Being
• What it means to live each day with “enlightened relativity”
• How awakening puts control of your experience in your hands—but also the responsibility for it
No one experiences awakening quite the same. With The Direct Way, join Adya to discover pathways toward an awareness as wide as the sky and as personal as your innermost heart.
From the Introduction by Adyashanti:
Our questions—about ourselves and each other, about life and death, and about whether there is something that can rightly be called sacred—belong not only, or even primarily, to each of us. These questions belong to the immensity of life and the consciousness which we are each individual embodiments of. Your big life questions belong simultaneously to you and to the totality of existence functioning through and as you. The essence of your consciousness turns out to be the essence of all consciousness.
About the Book:
Over his years of teaching, Adyashanti has led numerous online courses and online retreats that have contributed greatly to people’s spiritual awakening and the embodiment of his teachings in everyday life. As part of these programs, participants emailed questions pertaining to the course subject as well as heartfelt wonderings, issues, or impediments they were facing. Adya received thousands of these questions and subsequently responded in writing to a great many.
In this book we have combed through these questions and answers and select ones that would serve others. As is frequently said, one person’s question is often another’s, and f we look closely enough, we can usually find within ourselves some element of what someone else is wrestling with. Keeping this in mind, the hope was that by sharing these Q&As, it would spark something for you and would support your own inquiry—for yourself and for life itself.
Knowing that there would be a wide range of spiritual experiences and perspectives among readers, whether taking their first footsteps along the path or having traversed thousands of miles, our wish was that you could find something here that resonates with wherever you are on your journey.
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More and more people are waking up spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: Now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path. Consider this Adyashanti’s personal welcome to “a new world, a state of oneness.”
Adyashanti begins by describing the “I got it/I lost it” phenomenon that perplexes so many of his students—the fluctuation between what he calls “nonabiding” awakening, and the ultimate state of “abiding” enlightenment. With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti then points out the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that “un-enlighten” us along the journey, including the trap of meaninglessness, how the ego can “co-opt” realization for its own purposes, the illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs, and the danger of becoming “drunk on emptiness.”
“Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you’ve imagined, and question everything,” teaches Adyashanti. The End of Your World is your invitation to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are—and how to live once you discover it.
From esteemed teacher Adyashanti, a collection of writings on the search for the ultimate reality beneath the narrative of our lives
“Our inner lives are every bit as astonishing, baffling, and mysterious as the infinite vastness of the cosmos.” —Adyashanti
We all define our lives through the lens of stories. Whether we see ourselves as heroes or victims, good people or bad, everyone lives according to interwoven strands of narrative.
“And yet,” teaches Adyashanti, “the truth is bigger than any concept or story.”
Drawn from intimate, deep-dive talks, The Most Important Thing presents writings devoted to the search for the ultimate reality of a self that exists beyond the bounds of storytelling.
Here you will find vivid anecdotes and teaching stories that illuminate the felt experience of Adyashanti’s teachings—those moments of grace in which every stone, tree, ray of light, and fraught silence reveal that none of us is alone and no one is ever truly isolated from the whole of existence.
These selections consider:
Exploration of the true meaning of birth, life, and deathWhy grace can arrive both through struggle and as an unexpected giftMeditation as the art of “listening with one’s entire being”Why a good question can be far more powerful than a concrete answerHow the things you choose to serve shape your lifeDiscovering the wisdom found in surprise, sadness, and uncertaintyEmbodying your innate and inextricable connection with the total environmentThe nature of ego and the ways it manifestsThe moments of grace upon which all great religions pivotWhat is the story of your life? Is it happy or adventurous? Sad or lonely? In The Most Important Thing, Adyashanti shows you how to look past your personal narratives, delve inward, and connect with the truths that fundamentally animate all of us.
“This is not a book about spiritual betterment, self-improvement, or altered states of consciousness. It is about spiritual awakening—going from the dream state of ego to the awakened state beyond ego as quickly and efficiently as possible.” -- ADYASHANTI
What would happen if you were to allow everything to be exactly as it is? If you gave up the need for control, and instead embraced the whole of your experience in each moment that arose? In the 14 years that he studied Zen, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as "an end instead of a means to an end." What he ultimately realized was that only when you let go of all techniques—even the concept of yourself as a meditator—will you open to the art of True Meditation, dwelling in the natural state. True Meditation invites you to join the growing number of seekers who have been touched by the wisdom of Adyashanti to learn:
How to make the "effortless effort" that will vivify the present momentMeditative self-inquiry and "The Way of Subtraction": how to ask a spiritually powerful question—and determine the real answerTwo guided meditations on CD intended to reveal what Adyashanti calls "your home as awareness itself"
"We've been taught that awakening is difficult," explains Adyashanti, "that to wake up from the illusion of separation takes years. But all it really takes is a willingness to look into the depths of your experience here and now." True Meditation gives you the opportunity to reclaim the original purpose of meditation—as a gateway to "the objectless freedom of being."
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Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his 15 years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found that the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to change our lives.
In Falling into Grace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights that will “… spark a revolution in the way we perceive life”. Available in CD or book format, here is a progressive inquiry exploring:
The human dilemma—the concept of a separate self and the choice to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate suffering“Taking the backward step” into the pure potential of the present momentWhy spiritual awakening can be a disturbing processIntimacy and availability—feeling absolute union with every part of our experienceTrue autonomy—the unique expression of our own sense of freedom
In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow at night, we can surrender into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling into Grace is an investigation into the core of why we suffer. It's also Adyashanti’s invitation “… to be taken by a moment of grace and fall into a sense of life when it is not separate from you, when life is actually an expression of something indefinable, mysterious, and immense.”
With all the unpredictability of a dancing flame, Adyashanti celebrates life from the vantage of the laughing Buddha and gently invites the mystery to wake up to itself in the heart of the reader.
Throughout the book, Adyashanti illuminates the pathless path to sacred annihilation—the surrender into your own Divine self. Like the mystical love poetry of Rumi and Hafiz, the flame dances wildly, reverently, innocently, and playfully in this collection. This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves getting drunk on the truth or who still imagines they are thirsty and needs a long, sweet sip from the Beloved’s overflowing cup.
There is something about you brighter than the sun and more mysterious than the night sky.
Who are you when you are not thinking yourself into existence? What is ultimately behind the set of eyes reading these words? In Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti invites you to wake up to the essence of what you are, through the natural and spontaneous opening of the mind, heart, and body that holds the secret to happiness and liberation.
From the first stages of realization to its evolutionary implications, Adyashanti shares a treasure trove of insights into the challenges of the inner life, offering lucid, down-to-earth advice on topics ranging from the ego, illusion, and spiritual addiction to compassion, letting go, the eternal now, and more.
Whether you read each chapter in succession or begin on any page you feel inspired to turn to, you will find in Adyashanti's wisdom an understanding and ever-ready guide to the full wonder of your infinite self-nature.
From the New Introduction by Adyashanti:
The material for this book came from two consecutive evenings of discussions with a small group of about ten students who met at my wife Mukti s and my small cottage that we were living in at the time. We all barely fit into the tiny cottage and sat shoulder to shoulder in what turned out to be two very intimate and powerful evenings of inquiry and discussions. . . . I hope that you can enter into the inspired atmosphere that we all shared during those two evenings and join in the timeless present where everything happens for the very first time.
Reflections from Readers of The Impact of Awakening:
"A life-changing book. I've waited my whole lifetime for this teaching."
"I have honestly read this book 10 times at least. It is beautiful and each time I pick it up and read . . . I discover something new.
This is one of the very best books on the awakened state that I have read. It is simple, clear and easy to read. . . . It is filled with wonder and grace."
"The twelve chapters of questions and answers found in this gem are destined to be seen as a spiritual classic for years to come."
For almost two millennia, the story of Jesus has shaped the lives of countless people. Yet today, even though the majority of us grew up in a culture suffused by the mythos of Jesus, many of us feel disconnected from the essence of his teachings. With Resurrecting Jesus, Adyashanti invites us to rediscover the life and words of Jesus as a direct path to the most radical of transformations: spiritual awakening.
Jesus crossed all of the boundaries that separated the people of his time because he viewed the world from the perspective of what unites us, not what divides us. In Resurrecting Jesus, Adya embarks on a fascinating reconsideration of the man known as Jesus, examining his life from birth to Resurrection to reveal a timeless model of awakening and enlightened engagement with the world. Through close consideration of the archetypal figures and events of the Gospels, Adya issues a call to “live the Christ” in a way that is unique to each of us.
“When the eternal and the human meet,” writes Adya, “that’s where love is born—not through escaping our humanity or trying to disappear into transcendence, but through finding that place where they come into union.” Resurrecting Jesus is a book for realizing this union in your own life, with heart and mind wide open to the mystery inside us all.
With an all-new foreword by Episcopalian priest and scholar Cynthia Bourgeault.
il partage ce qu’il considère être des idées fondamentales qui déclencheront une révolution dans la façon dont nous percevons la vie – par une enquête progressive qui explore le concept d’un soi distinct et le choix d’arrêter de croire les pensées qui perpétuent la souffrance; par le fait de faire un pas vers l’arrière, vers le potentiel pur du moment présent; par la raison pour laquelle le procédé de pleine conscience et d’éveil spirituel peut être troublant; par l’union absolue avec chaque parcelle de notre expérience et de notre autonomie véritable – l’expression unique de notre propre sens de liberté.
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