Adyashanti is an American spiritual teacher. Though trained in Zen Buddhism, he describes his teachings as “free from any tradition or ideology.” The main theme of his work is spiritual awakening.
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.
More and more people are waking up spiritually. And for many of them, the question becomes: Now what?
It’s not just mere opinion. It’s not the next conditioned thought that runs through your mind. Adyashanti reveals how telling the truth is an essential part of embodying your deepest experience of being.
Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.
When people allow themselves to connect with what their spiritual life is about for them—what their deep questions are, what their deep yearning is—then they have all the vitality they need
How do you go from intellectual understanding to a direct realization of your true nature? Although there is no predictable process to bring about realization, Adyashanti describes what you can do to ground your understanding in silence.
One of the nice things about meditation is that when we sit with these moments as they arise, we start to trust in them and in the dark grace.
If you prefer smoke over fire then get up now and leave. For I do not intend to perfume your mind’s clothing with more sooty knowledge. No, I have something else in mind. Today I hold a flame in my left handand a sword in my right. There will be no damage control today.
This fresh and insightful satsang reveals an essential but often-missed aspect of spirituality: the art of listening. Adyashanti shows us how we can experience true listening-not just hearing sounds with our ears, but rather opening our entire being to what is.
Before I had my final awakening years ago, I was crazed for enlightenment. You have to be a little crazy to seriously study Zen. My teacher used to say, “Only the crazy ones stay.”
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