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True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness Hardcover – November, 2006
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"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 ow." True Meditation gives you the opportunity to reclaim the original purpose of meditation - as a gateway to "the objectless freedom of being."
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Adyashanti and his teaching style are a wonderful and refreshing exception to this as Adya's teachings arise spontaneously out of prajna, like the teachings of the ancient Zen masters of China. Wake up now!
Adya's "True Meditation" seems to be based on the Zen practice of shikantaza, or just sitting and allowing everything to be as it is, and koan practice, which once was a spontaneous inquiry into Truth, but has become a formalized and ritualized practice that is not of particular value to the present day Western spiritual seeker. Adya has very appropriately modernized these ancient practices so they are very useful to anyone sincerely wanting to wake up without getting all caught up in some sect, religion or belief system. True meditation and meditative self-inquiry are like the two wings of an airplane. Both are needed if it is going to fly.
The teaching here is so direct, simple and clear that it can be easily overlooked by those who are highly trained in one system of meditation or another, or those with complex belief systems about what it takes to wake up. If your intention is to simply wake up and discover what is true rather than learn a system or gather more information, then these CDs are for you. They are really all you need!
"Our minds are surely gone
when we see everything as God.
Prepare yourself Mother Earth
the inmates are loose
the fools have
broken free of their chains." (Adyashanti)
By Tom Thompson - The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living
This book helps me reconcile all the various type of meditations I learned. Yes, Adyashanti was right that each type of meditation has its purpose to alleviate suffering and help us dream better. These various types of meditations play important roles on the aspects of lessen suffering. In fact, they are usually the stepping stones to the path Adyashanti is pointing to. I am glad I did not purchase this set of CDs a couple years ago because I knew I would have listened to it once (might not be able to even get through it once) and let it gather dust somewhere because I had too pain to "allow everything to be as it is" nor have any extra energy to ask "Who am I". This set of CDs might not be good for beginners who are looking for an approach to lessen suffering (dream better). I would suggest Jon Kabit Zinn's series of books and CDs first unless the person truly feels very ripe and ready for this. There is nothing wrong to dream a little better first before deep realizations and waking up from the dream.
However, when healing starts to take place and suffering has been lessened in one's own psyche, True Meditation might be the one that will help us realize who we truly are (or wake up from the dream of form/delusion/illusion). The CDs talk about the meditator who is trying to control experiences and clarifications on the technicality of posture and eyes (close or open the eyes).Read more ›
There are many forms of meditation and Adyashanti briefly mentions the goals of some of these. But when it comes to discovering what one truly is Adyashanti assserts, and I agree with him on this, that one must realize and then discover directly for oneself that the impediment to the goal of Self-realization is the very one who seeks for that goal, the ego entity. It is this ego entity which gets in the way of "true meditation" and which obscures the natural state of awareness which is here always. One IS the natural state of awareness, and by no longer manipulating anything this is discovered directly. Adyashanti is brilliant in leading you to this discovery for yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this book very much. Adyashanti is very inspirational.
It was great - just as I expected as it had come highly recommended by others - I like the CD a lot. His voice is very soothing.Published 2 months ago by Joan Smith
Adya, or Steve, is a passionate guide in the spiritual sense who lives in the Bay Area of San Francisco and gives lectures here and elsewhere in the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justin Time
I have found all of Adyashanti s books to be of great value as I continue my spiritual journey. He is clear, unassuming and personal, while encouraging students of his teachings... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Gutin
I have many of my clients read this book for the simple truths that he sheds light on.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good read. Pretty cool how he broke the traditional teachings and still succeeded in awakening. Would recommend it to my friends.Published 6 months ago by Thomas Castle