Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1622030941
ISBN-10: 162203094X
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"Adyashanti's teachings point us toward what we most yearn for: realizing and embodying the love and awareness that is our natural state." 
TARA BRACH, author of Radical Acceptance

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Adyashanti

Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. His books include Emptiness Dancing, The End of Your World, True Meditation, The Way of Liberation, and Falling into Grace.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, 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." For more information, please visit adyashanti.org.


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  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True (April 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7WOEYK
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By Gina Lake on April 8, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audiobook. As a teacher myself and lover of Jesus, I was fascinated to hear what Adyashanti, a truly wonderful and clear nondual teacher, had to say about Jesus and his life. Adyashanti beautifully and eloquently explained the metaphorical meaning of the Jesus story and how Jesus’s life symbolized the journey of awakening and enlightenment. Throughout the book, Adya deftly wove his understanding of Jesus’s teachings and the Jesus story with what Adya himself has been teaching these many years, tying the teachings of Christ with present-day nondual teachings, as only someone like Adya could do. I was impressed with Adya’s knowledge of the gospels and, most of all, with the love he has for Jesus and the Christian mystics. Adya’s own heart was very apparent in this book. If you are interested in this subject, you will not be disappointed. Adya was courageous in tackling this subject, but his interest in Jesus has obviously been lifelong and passionate enough to make him just the right instrument for it.
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“Resurrecting Jesus” is not, and may never be, sanctioned by the RC Church. It is, however, a deep look at ‘the Jesus story’ from an American (Californian!) Zen practitioner who is himself, by all indications, ‘awakened’.
Adyashanti describes the awakened state as something completely within reach for each of us. He sees Jesus as both human and divine (awakened) whose divinity took root during his baptism by John, the one who lived “on the fringe of society.”
What I found refreshing as the story itself is how Adyashanti weaves us into it, suggesting that “until we pour ourselves into the story, until we become the story in ourselves, in our blood, flesh, and bones, it doesn’t fully come alive.” At the end, he looks at five main characters/archetypes, besides Jesus, who exemplify personalities and “the spiritual impulse” that we can relate to: Peter, John, Judas, Pontius Pilate, and Mary Magdalene.

“Life is this simple: we are living in a world
that is absolutely transparent and the divine
is shining through it all the time. This is not
just a nice story or a fable, it is true.”
Thomas Merton
The same is true for this book.
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If I could give this 500 stars, I would! Adyashanti's treatment of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Thomas has brought them alive for me. After not having read the four canonical gospels for years, I was thrilled to experience the relevancy that he revealed exists in them. Many praises are due Adyashanti for his insights on how the gospel verses can transform our lives. I am now in the process of re-reading them with new eyes. Readers of all religious persuasions will appreciate Adyashanti's profound, loving, inspiring approach to interpreting the meaning and purpose of Jesus Christ's life.
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I never really understood the gospels until I read this illuminating and insightful book. Adyashani looks at the gospels as metaphor and archetype. By way of example, in the story of the cured leper, Jesus tells the leper not to speak of the cure which the leper ignores and he goes oiut and tells everyone. The lesson---when times are bad, we look inward and reflect, but when times are good(we are cured), we ignore a deeper introspection. Wonderful passages on the power of forgivnesss with a tinge of Buddhist thought:to forgive acknowledges that we are interconnected;to not forgive is to deny that interconnection. "He who is forgiven little, loves little."(Luke) And, he quotes John to great effect where Jesus tells Mary Magdalene, "do not cling to me"(very much like the Buddhla when he says "my finger may point you to the moon but do not confuse my finger with the moon." The lesson:recall your true spirtial nature. Great section on archtypes, inlcluding Peter and Judas. Take a read.
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Adyashanti has provided much food for thought in this narrative about Jesus. It is not a delving into the historical aspect of the life of the great Teacher, but about the purpose of the story most of us are familiar with. I found that this interpretation resonated deeply with me, it made much more sense than the one-dimensional " this is the lesson" that is dished up by well-meaning clerics and preachers in those long-winded weekly sermons.
Adyashanti's style is simple, easy to read but contains profound truth about the purpose of Jesus and how it relates to our own lives, our own awakening, and our own redemption.
If you have turned your back on Christianity but have followed a "spiritual path", you will find great insight and comfort in the wisdom and perspective of this book.
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Excellent book. Presents the life of Christ as steps in our union with the divine. Written by a well known Zen Buddhist It focuses on The books of Thomas (not in the KJVB) Mathew and John from both a Buddhist and Christian perspective. This book would not please Evengelical or Fundamentalist Christian or many in mainstream Christian faiths as it sees God as emminant and rejects original sin. His viewpoint of humans relationship to God is very much like the concept of Buddhism that we are all Buddhas. He also looks at key players such as Pilate, Judas, Peter, and Mary Magdalene as archtypes elements of which we all share. I was a professor for 30 years and have not highlighted so much in a book since I was an undergrad. Read it slowly and carefully. The writing style is clear and direct. Truth in reviewing--I am a Quaker, Buddhist, Christian.
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