Adyashanti (whose name means “primordial peace”) is an American-born spiritual teacher who has been teaching for more than 20 years. His teachings include evening meetings, weekend intensives, silent retreats, live internet broadcasts, and online courses. He has taught throughout the US and also in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia. More than 30,000 people in 120 countries are connected to his website through free email subscription. He is the author of eight books.

    Born Stephen Gray in 1962 in Cupertino, California, Adyashanti grew up as an athlete and competitive bicycle racer. At age 19, he became interested in enlightenment, began to meditate, and became fully absorbed in a quest for ultimate truth.

    At age 20, he began studying Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Arvis Joen Justi, whose teacher was Taizan Maezumi Roshi. During that time, Adyashanti also attended long retreats with Jakusho Kwong Roshi (a disciple of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi) at the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. While working at his father’s machine shop, Adyashanti built a meditation hut in his parent's backyard and began meditating two to four hours a day.



    Welcome to The Way of Liberation, the teachings of Adyashanti. These teachings are oriented toward awakening to your true nature as efficiently as possible, and embodying the awakened condition in your humanity, within the context of your everyday life.

    Whether you are new to Adya’s teachings, or have been around for some time, he recommends that you review his most foundational teachings on The Way of Liberation, which you can find on the Introduction to the Teachings pages.

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    Featured Program

    The Boundless Awakened Heart
    Live Online Intensive with Adyashanti

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    AUGUST 29, 2020
    9:30 am - 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)
    (Pre-program music begins at 9:00 am)

    Cost: $75

    Registration Open Until August 28 8:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Replay Available: A link to the video replay will be emailed within 48 hours to registered participants. You must register prior to the intensive to receive access to the replay. The replay will be available for viewing for three weeks following the intensive.


    Love is such an integral aspect of our true nature that the two cannot be separated. Many of the powerful teachings of nondual awakening are oriented more toward what I call awakened mind than awakened heart. This is because awakened mind is generally more accessible to most people than awakened heart is, yet the deeper and richer dimensions of spiritual awakening include both awakened mind and awakened heart. It is a realization characterized by awakening not only from identification with the conceptual and image making mind, but also to the rich and loving connectedness that naturally flows out of the awakened heart of our true nature.

    Underneath so many of our personal and interpersonal conflicts—as well as our cultural, political, and environmental problems—lies a deep and profound lack of heartfelt caring and love. We have become so addicted to our conceptual identities and our personal and collective ideologies that we have forgotten that beneath all of our differences of outlook and background, we share a common bond of heart connection and caring for one another. We have endless ways of expressing our differences of opinion through modern technology, but our collective heart is atrophying with devastating consequences.

    The teachings and guided meditations of this intensive will be focused on awakening and connecting with the boundless heart and loving regard that is a completely natural aspect of our true nature. This deeper connection to love is both an individual blessing as well as a shared acknowledgement of life’s unfathomable interconnectedness. The experience of unity is more than an enlightened aspect of divine wisdom—it is also a heartfelt experience and feeling of loving connectedness inherent to the deepest core of our being. I invite you to join me for this day of exploration and meditation upon the Boundless Awakened Heart.

    ~ Adyashanti


adyashanti Spirituality is not something set apart from life; rather, it is a plunge into the heart of existence. It is vitally important that our spirituality is in no way an avoidance of life, for then it only reinforces the unrealities that so many of us human beings feed upon.

The spiritual life is a turning away from unreality in all of its forms, and turning towards the completeness and unity of life. Such completeness has been called by various names throughout the centuries: God, Buddha Nature, Liberation, to name just a few. But the ability to perceive absolute completeness, or God, in all things as well as in oneself, is to see and perceive the reality of life here and now.

Let us understand that reality transcends all of our notions about reality. Reality is neither Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Advaita Vedanta, nor Buddhist. It is neither dualistic nor nondualistic, neither spiritual nor nonspiritual. We should come to know that there is more reality and sacredness in a blade of grass than in all of our thoughts and ideas about reality. When we perceive from an undivided consciousness, we will find the sacred in every expression of life. We will find it in our teacup, in the fall breeze, in the brushing of our teeth, in each and every moment of living and dying. Therefore we must leave the entire collection of conditioned thought behind and let ourselves be led by the inner thread of silence into the unknown, beyond where all paths end, to that place where we go innocently or not at all—not once but continually. ~ Adyashanti