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Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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.

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May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book!!!! A refreshing and realistic view of Jesus from a Zen Buddhist perspective. I wish I was taught Jesus in this way as I was growing up and many in my church's spiritual growth group expressed the same wish. Thank you so much for writing this book Adya!!!!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mystics united :) Zen, Buddhists, Christian. Colours don't matter. Wake up!
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!
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
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I had tried to read this book before and quit. I think it was because I was prejudiced by the title. At the time I picked it up, I was avoiding most "Christian" books and this one struck me as just another Christian book. I restarted the book (Had even to re-buy it because I had given it away) because of joining a study group who were reading it. My second reading was more fruitful. I was open to the fact that this author, not a Christian clergyman, was seeing the value in the gospels and explai ...more
carmen tavernia
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible fresh perception of the Jesus story

Raised in a dogmatic southern Baptist belief system, as adult I steered clear of the judgemental, hypocritical Christianity in which i was raised. I always knew Jesus meant so much more than what I was told in church. This book helped me reconnect to the Jesus story, to see beyond the dogma to Jesus and the main characters of his story, as love, light, revolutionary, and to being. To finding the kingdom of God within yourself
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A brilliant recasting of the Jesus story as an adventure in awakening to the true Self. Set in contrast to the still, quiet Buddha nature odyssey, Jesus reveals what life is like upon awakening and choosing to engage in the world. While both are absolutely necessary, Resurrecting Jesus is an invitation to revisit the West's foundational story with new eyes.
Lori searfoss
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I didn't just sip this text, I gulped robustly! It pulled together my Christian beliefs and my spiritual journey, culminating in a rich explanation of the nature of our divinity and Christ's message to our spiritually parched world. If only our suffering world would wake up and truly live....
Spider Goddess
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was not original in concept or theory, but I had not read it discussed so thoroughly. The author goes through the life of Jesus and dissects it as a myth, comparing and contrasting it with a Buddhist perspective.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book very much. Adyashanti provided a perspective on the life of Jesus and what it means for each of us is a very unique and spiritual way. One does not have to be a Christian to find a deep spiritual journeying within this book.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: morning-coffee
From an American-born spiritual teacher with a Zen Buddhist background, Adyashanti offers a very thought provoking way of understanding the timeless essence of the Jesus story. One of my favorite lines toward the end of the book is, "This Jesus comes not so much to comfort us but to confront us."
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, more mythological approach to the story of Jesus, in which Adyashanti explains how this story is a blue print for us to use in our spiritual quest to become more whole and divine human beings.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"...keep your feet firmly planted on the soil, keep your consciousness and heart open, and stay available to this relative world and all the human beings in it."
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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.
“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” 6 likes
“Through the whole trajectory from birth to childhood to adolescence and then into adulthood, we change so much, not only physically but also emotionally and intellectually, yet something remains unchanged. That sense of something unchanged is the eternal spark within. At the beginning it may be felt as a very subtle, almost incomprehensible intuition, but when we bring our full attention to that felt intuition of what’s the same throughout our whole lives, then that little seed of divine radiance can begin to reveal itself, can begin to shine brighter and brighter in our lives.” 6 likes
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