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Enter the “Ordinary State” of Enlightenment

Many of us share the belief that enlightenment is rare—that true spiritual awakening only happens for extraordinary people. According to Adyashanti, this idea may actually be the most powerful impediment to our awakening. On Spontaneous Awakening, he invites you to inquire into the “ordinary nature” of enlightenment—and the profou
Audio CD, 6 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Sounds True (first published June 1st 2004)
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Dharmamitra Jeff Stefani
Love the Title! It's So perfectly Apropos and Accurate! I've discovered some profound ways of relating the experience of Real Awakenings. One being there are no Enlightened being, only Enlightened Experiences. The Second being this title, the process comes to Fruition in a Spontaneous Awakening! _/\_

Bodhisattva Insight, and "My" Experience of No-Self: When you work so hard for something, only to discover that "you" don't actually exist, it's an area that my own Sangha hasn't done much to suppo
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, with many very practical pointers, delivered with real clarity, sanity and with a great sense of humor. Recommended to anyone interested in serious spiritual practice!
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Adyashanti (2004) (07:27) Spontaneous Awakening

Disc 1

01. Introduction to session one
02. Our true nature is self-authenticating
03. Awakening is spontaneous, but not haphazard
04. How self-inquiry catalyzes awakening
05. The intimate experience of the mystery
06. The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing
07. Introduction to session two
08. Direct path teachings are for those who are "spiritually ready"
09. Going to the root
10. Realization is re
Bhakta Kishor
My whole emphasis is that whatsoever is is right. There is no other right. There is nowhere else to go. This is the only life there is, the only dance there is. Only then can you be spontaneous, really spontaneous. Why have we lost spontaneity? By what trick? The trick is in dividing. You cannot be spontaneous today because you have to think about tomorrow. You cannot be spontaneous this moment because you have to think of the coming moment. You cannot be spontaneous in this life because you hav ...more
Josh Kelly
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Adya strips away most of the extras from spirituality bringing it down to its core: What am I really? As someone who has had a rocky relationship with the big questions and religion, I found Adya's work ideal. I am very grateful to him for that.

His style is both fun and tedious. He tends to make things kind of dramatic by saying, "It's really important that..." As I've gotten more into spirituality I can see that that's mostly just dramatics. Nothing particular is really important that you remem
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Some very cutting insights into consciousness and self-hood. This series of lectures was interesting for the most part, however I found myself wondering at the usefulness of Adyashanti's message. I perceived more astonishment and almost bitterness in the gravity of his voice as he reveals that enlightenment is also a kind of emptiness. That the "big A-ha moment" of becoming enlightened is actually no "A-ha" moments. Reading criticisms of this sage proferred opinions that while Adyashanti claims ...more
St Fu
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having had awakenings, spontaneous in the sense that I wasn't in some official path, I'd been confused as to what exactly happened to me. Was I now "enlightened?" And if so, why was I so often dealing with trivia, confused about life and the so-called "spiritual," a term I'd never liked?

Finally, someone had answers for me (and if I was enlightened, why did I need any?). This was the first book that gave me the perspective I didn't think I was supposed to need anymore.

Though it was at times repe
Jim Hussey
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adya is a wonderful teacher, grounded and playful at the same time.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful and thought provoking. I listened to this; he's got a nice sense of humor. ...more
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it
It was an interesting turn-about take on many of the concepts of meditiation. His humor is very refreshing!
Daniel Willsey
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is one I'll go back to many times. Adyashanti is an incredible teacher with amazing insight. I really like his take on meditation. ...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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