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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INVITATION TO A REVOLUTION OF BEING ~ 2020
Wednesday, January 29 ~ 6:00 - 7:00 pm PT
In this live online broadcast, Adyashanti will introduce some material from his upcoming 2-month online retreat (March/April 2020). Please go to the Broadcast Page on January 29.
The challenges we face, and that the world faces, are too great for us to think of spirituality primarily in personal terms, in the sense of “what it can do for me.” We do encounter the personal in the spiritual quest and must address it, but it is vital that the merely personal does not hijack the spiritual impulse and use it for its own design, as it almost always does. For spiritual practice and inquiry to be authentic and in alignment with the spiritual instinct, it needs to include a caring for the totality of life. What we are responding to in authentic spiritual practice is a calling, an instinct, and an insistence that has its origin in the deepest unknown and collective dimensions of human consciousness, for the spiritual instinct is received by the ego, not created by it. And this is something that we should never forget, lest our entire spiritual orientation be corrupted by self-centered desires and demands.
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
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