FREE DOWNLOAD! In every form of spirituality, there is some version of taking refuge, such as taking refuge in the Buddha, in Christ, in your guru, or in a teaching. But what does taking refuge really mean? In this inspiring retreat talk imbued with teaching stories, Adyashanti expounds on how taking refuge is a type of commitment that is ultimately about service. In committing to the unconditioned divine Being beyond our limited selves, and keeping our hearts open—even after realization—we see how spiritual freedom is not something that we possess but is something that we are inspired to give ourselves to.
“The greatest beings who have ever walked the earth were servants. They were not seeking to be served.”
“The greatest satisfaction is in what we serve, what we give ourselves to. And we don’t do it because it’s the greatest joy, but we do it because it’s simply the expression of who we are.”
“Taking refuge takes great faith, great trust…You may see it reflected in a teaching, a teacher, or a guru, but they just serve as mirrors so you can see the same in yourself.”
“The spiritual life is not a part of life; it’s really all of life. If it’s not all of life, it’s not real.”
Please Note: This retreat talk is from the Tahoe Retreat in April/May 2013. The entire 10-download set of this retreat is available: Silent Retreat, Vol. 31.
Recorded in Tahoe City, California on May 2, 2013.
© 2013 by Adyashanti. All rights reserved.