Best Adyashanti books
Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering
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—Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, God
“The path to enlightenment today is cluttered with concepts: Adyashanti cuts through them with a sword so merciless and tender that only space remains.”
—Meg Lundstrom, author of What to Do When You Can’t Decide
“Adyashanti’s teachings point us toward what we most yearn for: realizing and embodying the love and awareness that is our natural state. Falling Into Grace is wonderfully lucid, simple, and powerful. It will remind you to stop the struggle and to relax back into what you already are.”
—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of mindfulness and spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his many years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to initiate this awakening. In Falling intoGrace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights that will spark a revolution in the way we perceive life—through a progressive inquiry exploring the concept of a separate self and the choice to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate suffering; “taking the backward step” into the pure potential of the present moment; why mindfulness and spiritual awakening can be a disturbing process; absolute union with every part of our experience and true autonomy—the unique expression of our own sense of freedom.
When I was a young child, about seven or eight years old, one of the things I started to notice and ponder as I watched the adults around me was that the adult world is prone to suffering, pain, and conflict. Even though I grew up in a relatively healthy household with loving parents and two sisters, I still saw a great deal of pain around me. As I looked at the adult world, I wondered: How is it that people come into conflict?
As a child, I also happened to be a great listener—some may even say an eavesdropper. I would listen to every conversation that went on in the house. In fact, it was a family joke that nothing happened in the house without me knowing about it. I liked to know everything that was going on around me, and so I spent a lot of my childhood listening to the conversation of adults, in my home and in the homes of relatives. Much of the time, I found what they talked about to be quite interesting, but I also noticed a certain ebb and flow to most of their discussions—how conversations moved into a little bit of conflict, then back away from it.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: The Human Dilemma
Chapter 2: Unraveling Our Suffering
Chapter 3: Awakening from the Egoic Trance
Chapter 4: Letting Go of Struggle
Chapter 5: Experiencing the Raw Energy of Emotion
Chapter 6: Inner Stability
Chapter 7: Intimacy and Availability
Chapter 8: The End of Suffering
Chapter 9: True Autonomy
Chapter 10: Beyond the World of Opposites
Chapter 11: Falling into Grace
"One of the best explanations of mindfulness I have ever come across."
—Janice Long (Amazon review)
The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
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This is not a book about spiritual betterment, self-improvement, or altered states of consciousness. It is about spiritual awakening going from the dream state of ego to the awakened state beyond ego as quickly and efficiently as possible. -- ADYASHANTI
Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic
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For almost two millennia, the story of Jesus has shaped the lives of countless people. Yet today, even though the majority of us grew up in a culture suffused by the mythos of Jesus, many of us feel disconnected from the essence of his teachings. With Resurrecting Jesus, Adyashanti invites us to rediscover the life and words of Jesus as a direct path to the most radical of transformations: spiritual awakening.
Jesus crossed all of the boundaries that separated the people of his time because he viewed the world from the perspective of what unites us, not what divides us. In Resurrecting Jesus, Adya embarks on a fascinating reconsideration of the man known as Jesus, examining his life from birth to Resurrection to reveal a timeless model of awakening and enlightened engagement with the world. Through close consideration of the archetypal figures and events of the Gospels, Adya issues a call to “live the Christ” in a way that is unique to each of us.
“When the eternal and the human meet,” writes Adya, “that’s where love is born—not through escaping our humanity or trying to disappear into transcendence, but through finding that place where they come into union.” Resurrecting Jesus is a book for realizing this union in your own life, with heart and mind wide open to the mystery inside us all.
With an all-new foreword by Episcopalian priest and scholar Cynthia Bourgeault.
The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment
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Adyashanti begins by describing the “I got it/I lost it” phenomenon that perplexes so many of his students—the fluctuation between what he calls “nonabiding” awakening and the ultimate state of “abiding” enlightenment. With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti then points out the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that “un-enlighten” us along the journey, including the trap of meaninglessness, how the ego can “co-opt” realization for its own purposes, the illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs, and the danger of becoming “drunk on emptiness.” “Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you’ve imagined, and question everything,” teaches Adyashanti. The End of Your World is your invitation to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are—and how to live once you discover it.
Chapter One: Exploring Life After Awakening
Chapter Two: Authentic Awakening—And the Disorientation That Can Follow
Chapter Three: “I Got It, I Lost It”
Chapter Four: We Come to Nirvana by Way of Samsara
Chapter Five: Coming Completely Out of Hiding
Chapter Six: Common Delusions, Traps, and Points of Fixation
Chapter Seven: Life Itself Holds Up a Mirror for Our Awakening
Chapter Eight: The Energetic Component of Awakening
Chapter Nine: When Awakening Penetrates the Mind, Heart, and Gut
Chapter Ten: Effort or Grace?
Chapter Eleven: The Natural State
Chapter Twelve: The Story of the Wedding
Chapter Thirteen: An Interview With Adyashanti
There’s a phenomenon happening in the world today. More and more people are waking up—having real, authentic glimpses of reality. By this I mean that people seem to be having moments where they awaken out of their familiar senses of self, and out of their familiar senses of what the world is, into a much greater reality—into something far beyond anything they knew existed.
These experiences of awakening differ from person to person. For some, the awakening is sustained over time, while for others the glimpse is momentary—it may last just a split second. But in that instant, the whole sense of “self” disappears. The way people perceive the world suddenly changes, and they find themselves without any sense of separation between themselves and the world. It can be likened to the experience of waking up from a dream—a dream you didn’t even know you were in until you were jolted out of it.
In the beginning of my teaching work, most of the people who came to me were seeking these deeper realizations of spirituality. They were seeking to wake up from the limited and isolated senses of self they had imagined themselves to be. It’s this yearning that underpins all spiritual seeking: to discover for ourselves what we already intuit to be true—that there is more to life than we are currently perceiving.
But as time has passed, more and more people are coming to me who have already had glimpses of this greater reality. It is because of them that I am giving the teachings of this book.
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Who are you when you are not thinking yourself into existence? What is ultimately behind the set of eyes reading these words? In Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti invites you to wake up to the essence of what you are, through the natural and spontaneous opening of the mind, heart, and body that holds the secret to happiness and liberation.
From the first stages of realization to its evolutionary implications, Adyashanti shares a treasure trove of insights into the challenges of the inner life, offering lucid, down-to-earth advice on topics ranging from the ego, illusion, and spiritual addiction to compassion, letting go, the eternal now, and more. Whether you read each chapter in succession or begin on any page you feel inspired to turn to, you will find in Adyashanti's wisdom an understanding and ever-ready guide to the full wonder of your infinite self-nature.
- The Radiant Core
- Spiritual Addiction
- Letting Go
- Fire of Truth
- Dharmic Relationship
The aim of my teaching is enlightenment—awakening from the dream state of separateness to the reality of the One. In short, my teaching is focused on realizing what you are. You may find other elements in my teaching that simply arise as a response to people’s particular needs of the moment, but fundamentally I’m only interested in you waking up.
Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that. Realize and be, realize and be. Realization alone is not enough. The completion of Self-realization is to be, act, do, and express what you realize. This is a very deep matter, a whole new way of life—living in and as reality instead of living out the programmed ideas, beliefs, and impulses of your dreaming mind.
The trust is that you already are what you are seeking. You are looking for God with his eyes. This truth is so simple and shocking, so radical and taboo that it is easy to miss among your flurry of seeking. You may have heard what I am saying in the past and you may even believe it, but my question is, have you realized it with your whole being? Are you living it?
My speaking is meant to shake you awake, not to tell you how to dream better. You know how to dream better. Depending on what you mental and emotional state at the time is, I may be very gentle and soft with you, or not so gentle and soft. You may feel better after talking with me, but that is incidental to awakening. Wake up! You are all living Buddhas. You are the divine emptiness, the infinite nothing. This I know because I am what you are, and you are what I am. Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you. So why pay so much attention to your imagination when reality is for the realizing right now?
True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness
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What would happen if you were to allow everything to be exactly as it is? If you gave up the need for control, and instead embraced the whole of your experience in each moment that arose? In the 14 years that he studied Zen, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as "an end instead of a means to an end." What he ultimately realized was that only when you let go of all techniques-even the concept of yourself as a meditator-will you open to the art of True Meditation, dwelling in the natural state. True Meditation invites you to join the growing number of seekers who have been touched by the wisdom of Adyashanti to learn:
- How to make the "effortless effort" that will vivify the present moment
- Meditative self-inquiry and "The Way of Subtraction": how to ask a spiritually powerful question-and determine the real answer
- Two guided meditations on CD intended to reveal what Adyashanti calls "your home as awareness itself"
"We've been taught that awakening is difficult," explains Adyashanti, "that to wake up from the illusion of separation takes years. But all it really takes is a willingness to look into the depths of your experience here and now." True Meditation gives you the opportunity to reclaim the original purpose of meditation-as a gateway to "the objectless freedom of being."
The Impact of Awakening - 3rd Edition: Excerpts from the Teachings of Adyashanti
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From the New Introduction by Adyashanti:
The material for this book came from two consecutive evenings of discussions with a small group of about ten students who met at my wife Mukti s and my small cottage that we were living in at the time. We all barely fit into the tiny cottage and sat shoulder to shoulder in what turned out to be two very intimate and powerful evenings of inquiry and discussions. . . . I hope that you can enter into the inspired atmosphere that we all shared during those two evenings and join in the timeless present where everything happens for the very first time.
Reflections from Readers of The Impact of Awakening:
A life-changing book. I've waited my whole lifetime for this teaching.
I have honestly read this book 10 times at least. It is beautiful and each time I pick it up and read . . . I discover something new.
This is one of the very best books on the awakened state that I have read. It is simple, clear and easy to read. . . . It is filled with wonder and grace.
The twelve chapters of questions and answers found in this gem are destined to be seen as a spiritual classic for years to come.
My Secret Is Silence: Poetry and sayings of Adyashanti
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Healing the Core Wound of Unworthiness: The Gift of Redemptive Love
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From Shame to Wholeness—Inviting the Transformative Power of Grace
“So many of us hold a deep belief that we were born unworthy,” reflects Adyashanti, “ inadequate, unlovable, and alone.” But what if, in truth, we weren’t put here to pay penance, change our karma, or “fix” ourselves? What if we chose to be here because we so loved the world that we poured ourselves into it—to make it whole again, to restore “the hidden divinity amid the disaster?” With Healing the Core Wound of Unworthiness, we’re invited to entertain that possibility.
Even after years of meditation, Adyashanti felt an enduring sense of self-disappointment and failure. And he sensed it in nearly everyone he met—even among the most confident, successful, and outwardly happy people. Then healing came to him in a profound experience of “redemptive love,” a reunion with the deepest ground of being. It is a gift offered to all of us—without struggle or the need to earn it. In essence, it says to us: This is how I love you. And this is how you shall love all things and all beings.
Join this lucid teacher and author as he offers insights, meditations, and questions to help you bring your own self-created suffering into awareness, receive unconditional grace, reunite with all that arises, and bring it into every dimension of your life.
• Identifying the unconscious cultural and personal stories at the core of shame and unworthiness
• How love enters us through the cracks of crisis, loss, and despair
• “Allow yourself to run out of time right now”—how the urgency of mortality awakens grace
• “I don’t know”—a simple contemplation for expanding into the Unknown
• What to do if you believe you’ve committed the absolutely unforgivable
• Guided practices for restoring wholeness and inviting love's redemption
Guided Meditations: Evoking the Divine Ground of Your Being
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