Adyashanti Basic Principles of the Teachings

1. Suffering by ego identification 5:16
2. ego a fiction in the mind 9:38
3. Awakening to True Nature as Consciousness Spirit 10:19
4. Awakened Values 9:12

 

Adyashanti - Application of the Teaching

1. Be Still 8:38)
2. Allowing everything to Be as it is 6:27
3. Self-inquiry 7:36
4. Stillness Silence Consciousness Spirit 7:14
5. Conscious Living Awakened Values 5:44
6. Happiness Love Oneness 6:59

 

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"The Way of Liberation is a stripped-down, practical guide to spiritual liberation, sometimes called awakening, enlightenment, self-realization, or simply seeing what is absolutely True. It is impossible to know what words like liberation or enlightenment mean until you realize them for yourself. This being so, it is of no use to speculate about what enlightenment is; in fact, doing so is a major hindrance to its unfolding. As a guiding principle, to progressively realize what is not absolutely True is of infinitely more value than speculating about what is.

Many people think that it is the function of a spiritual teaching to provide answers to life’s biggest questions, but actually the opposite is true. The primary task of any good spiritual teaching is not to answer your questions, but to question your answers. For it is your conscious and unconscious assumptions and beliefs that distort your perception and cause you to see separation and division where there is actually only unity and completeness.

The Reality that these teachings are pointing toward is not hidden, or secret, or far away. You cannot earn it, deserve it, or figure it out. At this very moment, Reality and completeness are in plain sight. In fact, the only thing there is to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or feel, is Reality, or God if you like. Absolute completeness surrounds you wherever you go. So there is really no reason to bother yourself about it, except for the fact that we humans have long ago deceived ourselves into such a confined tangle of confusion and disarray that we scarcely even consider, much less experience for ourselves, the divinity within and all around us.

The Way of Liberation is a call to action; it is something you do. It is a doing that will undo you absolutely. If you do not do the teaching, if you do not study and apply it fearlessly, it cannot effect any transformation. The Way of Liberation is not a belief system; it is something to be put into practice. In this sense it is entirely practical.

To read this book as a spectator would be to miss the point. Being a spectator is easy and safe; being an active participant in your own awakening to Truth is neither easy nor safe. The way forward is unpredictable, the commitment absolute, the results not guaranteed. Did you really think that it could be any other way?

Excerpted from the Introduction of The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti

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About Adyashanti

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Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. Born Steven Gray in 1962, in Cupertino, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Then at age 19, he found the "idea of enlightenment" in a book. Subsequently, he built a hut in his parent's backyard and started practicing meditation, though he also worked at a bike-repair shop. He studied Zen under the guidance of his Zen teacher Arvis Joen Justi. Justi was a student of Taizan Maezumi Roshi of the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Gray (Adyashanti) was regularly sent by Arvis to Zen sesshins, where he also studied under Jakusho Kwong Roshi of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. At age 25 he began experiencing a series of transformative spiritual awakenings (Bodhi*).

For the next few years he continued his meditation practice, while also working at his father’s machine shop, when in 1996, he was asked to teach by Arvis Joen Justi, his Zen teacher of 14 years. He first started giving talks to small gatherings, in a room above his aunt's garage, which grew over years and he changed his name to “Adyashanti,” a Sanskrit term for “primordial peace.”

Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, The End of Your World, True Meditation, Emptiness Dancing, My Secret is Silence, and The Impact of Awakening, besides audio and video recordings.

Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

Mukti and Adya


Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. 

 

*Bodhi (Sanskrit: बोधि; and Pali) in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the nature of things. It is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment and literally means awakened. Bodhi is knowledge of the causal mechanism by which beings incarnate into material form and experience suffering. Although its most common usage is in the context of Buddhism, bodhi is also present as a concept in other Indian philosophies and traditions.


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