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Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic

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The story of Jesus has not waned in its power to change lives. 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 and vitality of his teachings. With Resurrecting Jesus, Adyashanti invites us to rediscover the life and teachings of Jesus as a direct path to what may be the most radic ...more
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Sounds True (first published February 1st 2014)
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Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adyashanti is a Zen Buddhist born in Cupertino CA in 1962. This book is based on a series of talks/classes he gave in 2013. It outlines his interpretations of Jesus's teachings, along with various episodes in his life as related in the Gospels, all from a Buddhist perspective. He regards Jesus as one of the most enlightened (in the Buddhist sense) men who ever lived, at least on a par with the Buddha himself, but expressing his experience of the spiritual in an entirely different way. The interp ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really dig Adyashanti as a meditation teacher and all-around guru, but I feel like some of his character insights in this book were a little tone deaf. Mary Magdalene may have "loved too much" but it seems profoundly naive to say that someone becomes a prostitute because of their "lustful" nature. It's my understanding that women become prostitutes out of desperation, a need for protection, and lack of resources and/or education, not because they have deep feelings for the men who pay to use t ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I felt like this book described the steps of spiritual awakening and then illustrated HUMAN Jesus's journey to enlightenment throughout the Gospels, but not HOW to achieve this personally. I want to too! Only gave this book a 3rd star because of the final Part Three of the book. I'm glad I read this, and it definitely did have some sections worth thinking about, even discussing with my kids maybe as a subject for the dinner table, but just never got really excited about this book.

I kept thinkin
Berry Lob
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the most personal, beautiful and fascinating books I've read about Jesus, written by a Buddhist who sees with open eyes and heart.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirit-mind
Although he didn’t have a particularly religious upbringing, Adyashanti’s connection to the Jesus story began during his childhood, when he was still Steven Gray, living in Cupertino, California. He grew up in a family that frequently discussed spirituality and religion and had a grandfather he describes as having “embodied the Christian spirit of generosity and love.” As a teenager Steven was passionate about bike racing and meditation, but meditation ultimately triumphed and he went on to stud ...more
Preston Bryant
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone and their grandma needs to read this book. If only our western culture could adhere to the story of Jesus in a way that relates to our divine being without dogma and religion. It is funny that Jesus, someone who would get enraged by hierarchical religious structures, is being praised in these very places today. He has been misunderstood because the structures built around his message have totally corrupted it. His message could only be heard by people in a certain state of consciousness ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My minister once told me that I was a mystic. Intrigued, I wanted to hear what Adyashanti had to say about Jesus. The words hit all my buttons.
Paul LaFontaine
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of Jesus can be read as a physical manifestation of the path to awakening. From the descended spirit entering him to the crucifixion, the Greatest Story Ever Told, if viewed as a metaphor, has much to teach not only about our possibilities but also our failings.

An upbeat and interesting analysis of the Jesus of Nazareth story. Adyashanti takes several different Gospels, including one Gnostic Gospel, and shows how the journey from healer, to parable teller, to ostracized rebel was all
Mikey Whitehead
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow.

In all honesty, I adore stories about Jesus. That being said, I abore the ‘Christian’ Depiction of the man and his teachings.

This book should be something which all followers of Christ have on their bookshelf. It will shine a new light on what you think you know about Jesus and his teachings. Whilst i wouldn’t say it necessarily negates the Christian depiction of the stories behind Jesus, it certainly challenges some of the concepts behind how they’ve been translated over the years.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend. A new lens with which to look through the story of Jesus and apply to your own life; that of spiritual awakening. As opposed to being presented as some untouchable that no one could ever hope to embody or aspire to, Adyashanti has distilled the kernels of his teachings and life story and presented them in such a way so as to illuminate to the reader that this was not merely the premise but the entire purpose of the teachings of Jesus. Highly illustrative and interesting and as ...more
Tommaso Pollio
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book breathes new life into a two thousand year old story. I felt deeply touched , saddened and inspired by the age old story of Christ. Whether you believe it as historical fact or an old myth, this story has shaped the world for good (and bad). Adyashanti has with his beautiful interpretation of the gospels of John, Mark and Thomas renewed my faith in a revolutionary figure who dared challenge the status quo of his day. A figure that ultimately sacrificed himself to awaken others.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book thoroughly!

To provide some context, I am drawn to Buddhist philosophy but don’t identify as a Buddhist (yet); I am still exploring the world of religion and spirituality.

And I am certainly not Christian but I had attended Christian schools for most of my life.

This book was a fascinating way to interpret the Bible. I will never read the stories and think of the figures like John, Mary, Judas, Peter...the same ever way again!
Bryar Trent
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting non-dual, Zen oriented take on the life and teachings of Jesus. Would recommend to those who are familiar with Zen or Dhyana Yoga and are interested in Jesus Christ. I would further recommend the first volume of the Philokalia for an early Christian version of Zen by the Desert Fathers.
Karl Griffiths
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has been turned off from Christian mythology.
I have not yet read the bible and would classify myself as an atheist. The book gave me a positive impression of the story of Jesus and I enjoyed Adyashanti's framing of the different stories and tellings.
I have a clearer idea of the central characters Pontus, Judas, Mary and the disciples.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Miss Rachel
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I wish I had read this book years ago. I followed mainstream religion for so long but just couldn't connect. I kept feeling guilty because there was something I clearly wasn't getting until I read this. Merchant's words spoke directly to my soul. This is a book for life that has truly resonated with me. It just makes so much sense. Thank you 💓
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
The author asks us to look at the life of Jesus through Buddhist eyes. I think we always learn something new when we view our Christianity through other eyes. For the most part I agreed with him although there are theologians who wouldn't. He did have some excellent points however.
Judy Waitkus
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a group discussion. Adyashanti shines a new light on how Jesus is portrayed, as a man. The central archetypes of Jesus, - Peter, Mary Magdalene, John, Judah's, and Pontius Pilate - how they related with the spiritual impulse within us. Worth reading again and again.
Sheila Pritchard
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent. Very good to read the life and significance of Jesus written by someone not primarily calling himself a Christian - yet deeply identifying with the mystical meaning of the historical Jesus. I found it both freeing and challenging.
Kim Janson-Smith
A new understanding of this historical figure that eliminates the layers of institutional religion. Adya eloquently models through Jesus, to those interested in the path of knowing one's true self, to use the Jesus story as a road map to one's own quest of understanding their own true nature.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautifully written. Things finally came together for me in the story of Jesus. I’ve always felt there was more to the Jesus story than was being told. Now I know what that is.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed

The lady who wrote the foreword was not exaggerating when she said that the author was an amateur at best. But when one has achieved a certain level of fame, I guess one can choose to write on anything.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book/Read

This book is not connected with religious dogma and the sin and negativity that pervades many religions. It is a positive and interesting book about Jesus/Christ. Grateful
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'd probably give this 2.5 stars. I have been a questioner of religion for many years and occasionally read things that help me in my path to a deeper understanding. This did have some beneficial insight, but it was a little too deep for me. Some things were repeated quite often.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
wonderful read, highly recommend this, provided new insight into understanding Jesus beyond what has been taught mainstream . . . loved it!
Shiva Seven
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brendan Ghazavi-Gill
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting reinterpretation of the very well known story of Jesus. It was good to see the angles brought from another religious background.
Esyllt George
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Inspirational and insightful
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Excellent book! I think I stumbled upon this book while searching for "buddhism". The title intrigued me for some reason and reading the description I felt it would be a different book to read. To be sure, everything in this book would be considered pretty radical by most Christians. But to me and others like me it is radical in a very good way! I loved that he has roots in both traditions and uses both perspectives to inform the other. I also love that he approaches the story from a mythologica ...more
Thyme Wisper
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: consciousness
Resurrecting Jesus was a powerful read. I saw, no, I felt, Jesus - his life and his meaning (which really are not two separate concepts) - and it was so refreshing, so invigorating, so immediate, so.... The book gave a perspective (for lack of a better word) that presented me with a totality of the human-divine named Jesus.

As Adyashanti explained: "Through this book, I hope to bring forth part of the Christian story that has been lost to some extent - that sense of Jesus as a vital spiritual re
Craig Bergland
This is about two-thirds of a great book, and one-third profoundly disappointing. The author has some great insights into Jesus' teachings, general spirituality, and similar themes. Unfortunately, he seems to have no knowledge of contemporary biblical scholarship. The result is that the last third of the book is, on the whole, filled with assertions and assumptions about the text, authors, and audience that are just plain wrong. What's more, I found it curious that he seems to understand the rol ...more
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Adyashanti is an American spiritual teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area who gives regular satsangs in the United States and also teaches abroad. He is the author of several books, CDs and DVDs and is the founder of Open Gate Sangha, Inc. a nonprofit organization that supports, and makes available, his teachings.

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