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True Meditation

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  48 reviews
What would happen if you were to allow everything to be exactly as it is? If you gave up the need for control, and instead embraced the whole of your experience in each moment that arose?

In the 14 years that he studied Zen Buddhism, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as a means to a goal they never reached. Ultimately he realized that onl
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Published May 1st 2006 by Sounds True (first published 2006)
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Vani Kaushal
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adya is one of my fav authors. In this book, he answers questions on meditation. I meditate for an hour every day and I have so many questions in my mind. Like, so many things happen to you when you are in that state. Adyashanti answers most of those questions. But my fav book of his will always be Falling Into Grace. I simply loved that book and can read it a hundred times. I would strongly encourage my GR family to read Adya's books. I have another one of his lined up on my reading shelf: The ...more
Guy
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Guy by: Atul
This is a clear, concise and beautifully written description of what Adyashanti calls 'true meditation'. And of course that made me smile, because, really, what does that mean. And then my smile deepened as I read the book, not in any ironical way, but in the way of seeing meditation with more awareness and knowledge. My smile deepened with the truth of what he described. At least, his idea 'truth' and mine about the purpose and result of meditation overlapped to a significant degree. And so I h ...more
Sir Readalot
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Unlike other books on meditation, Adayshanti focuses on the core Philosophy of meditation. In this short book he discusses the correct attitude of a meditator, what our "goals" (later on you'd read how there are no true "goals" as a meditator) as meditator should be and what we can expect out of it.

What really stuck with me was the attitude part where he advices the reader to let go of the control of our brain in order to make it an ally, because forcing our brain to stop entertaining thoughts i
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Kris Madaus
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short book, but it might be one of the best "meditation" books I have ever read. I could be wrong, but I also feel that it might not be as valuable to a reader if they have not spent time learning or practicing present-moment awareness. Some of the subjects are simple on the surface, but deep and nuanced in the actual practice. Adyashanti does not explain everything for you. Instead, he points you in the right direction with the understanding that you can only know what he is referring ...more
Elyse  Walters
Not sure why I never rated or reviewed this book ... I own it....and not only have read it many times over the years, I've taken workshops, retreats, and silent weekends with Adyashanti.

All is books are good!!!!

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Aviva Shore
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book as almost as pretentious as it's title, but for good reason- it's well written and the guided meditations are good (set the audio to normal speed for those). ...more
Sohaib
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
After listening to the audio version so many times, and putting the 'non-practice' approach into practice, that is to say, letting go of all preconceived techniques, ideas, states of meditation, and what it should be all about, I have come to find that this is probably the best approach or attitude towards meditation.

The idea of this book is equivalent to 'surrender' which other, if not all spiritual teachers emphasize and reiterate; to name a few: Eckhart Tolle and Osho...

The meditative inquir
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Craig Bergland
This is a fantastic book. While I find the author profoundly arrogant in person, his written work is excellent and manages to assume a more balanced tone than his speech. In my own practice, I have found moving beyond concentration to an open awareness and acceptance of whatever arises to be not just helpful but essential. His reasoning and explanations ring very true.
Quinn da Matta
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really did help give me a greater insight into the art of meditation, while also giving me the confidence to just be; it's not just about technique. The most important lesson I learned is that it is about giving up control and just being in the bliss. ...more
Bhakta Kishor
Witnessing is almost the finest fire you can find. Witness anything and that thing soon disappears. And don’t be afraid that beautiful spaces will disappear. You don’t know yet what is really waiting ahead of you – when beautiful spaces and depressive moments both have gone, when that duality is no longer there. You are not aware of what is going to happen to you. It is so profound and so deep that those who have found it have remained silent. They will not say a single word about it. There is n ...more
Renee
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I lost a meditation teacher over the summer and find myself fishing around for one to take his place. My good friend talks about Adyashanti quite often and left this book with me on her recent visit. This is good for anyone who meditates at any level of experience or dedication. These days I teach structure to my students because most of them are just getting started. Adyashanti teaches people to meditate but without clinging to a structure. That is something to chew on. I agree that meditat ...more
Antonia G. Melamed
Different-Extraordinary-Leads one to OM

This is the best book on meditation that I have ever read and I’ve skimmed many. Adyashanti help me to “see” the mighty degree my mind has dominated my understandings of spirit and to relax into OM.
He discusses all one’s objections to his approach. I enthusiastically recommend this book. In my mind it’s classic. Beware you will be changed.
Tauri Laane
THIS is what I have been calling meditation for years. Actually, I have been telling people "I don't meditate, I just let my mind be free". And this current book tells that this IS the true meditation - letting the mind be. Not controlling, not manipulating, not teaching and training Your mind. Just be. ...more
minz
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a beginning book but very helpful in some areas that I seemed to hang up on. It was also very much the ‘go do it’ book. It is not an entertaining story but is insightful, educating and motivated me to be more steady in my practice. I very rarely give a book more than 3 stars.

Daniel
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, thanks to my friend Elaine who recommended this book. I've had so much more success with meditation in general when I deviate from some fixated path of posture and concentration which so many other methods teach. This book talks about looking past all that; looking deeper ...more
Romeo Stevens
falls into the trap so many teachers do of preaching the practice the teacher happened to be doing at the time of their awakening as the 'real deal' ignoring both that their history with other techniques contributed and that others reach the top of the mountain using other techniques. ...more
Jennifer
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really hit me in the heart ~ poignantly shifting some if my own ideas and understandings around meditation. Definitely recommend the audio version, so you can listen to Adyashanti’s voice during the guided meditation portion in part two. I will certainly be listening to this again!
Josh
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5. Adyashanti is great.
Rui Torres
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crystal clear teaching explained for the 21th century western mind of what meditation and freedom really is - beyond practice and method.
Wendy
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic and insightful. One to reread
Daniel
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It truly enlightening book. That will challenge many people's beliefs about meditation and Awakening. ...more
Deborah Adams
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most clear and concise treatment of meditation that I have ever read. This book is a gem.
Sophía
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A non-dogmatic take on awareness based meditation and contemplation.
Marko Zyznewsky
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adyashanti with the realness. A succinct look at meditation and letting control of the mind to unlock its true power and capacity
Philippe Demougin
Wonderful read. So many of the things he says cut right through to the heart of the issue. Lovely.
Tetrijeb
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the simplest guide to shikan taza on the market. eventualy most practices culminate in just sitting, so it is useful to learn how to do it properly. this guy knows what he is talkin about.
Adrian
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting audiobook for me. I appreciated that the author was straight forward in explaining their approach, which they call "true meditation", to the reader. I learned a lot about meditation and why so many people find it useful. Overall, a solid little title that is sure to make you think. ...more
Awenydd Orchantra Faeryn
True Meditation
Put certain phrases together
Like lightening rods
That pierced through to the natural unfolding of awareness.
He described the energetic open space that I feel when I feel in tune and aligned in my power, as the awareness I was "searching" for, what I relax into, and that has been remarkable to read directly, as I have so experienced.

I also really enjoyed his discussion on sincerity and integrity.

Definitely many notes, and certainly recommendations of all I've read by Adyashanti.
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THOMAS LYNCH
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very true

reading the book and letting it sink it makes you realise how true his words are. IT's a must read for anyone really interested in knowing what this ride called being a human being is all about and how you can feel deep peace in all situations and experiences not by trying but by allowing the experience to be as it is which in itself is a revolutionary change in perspective and is really quite beautiful.
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Jonathan Nobles
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple yet profound. For those of us who get stuck on technique or feel we have to approach meditation in a specific way to achieve results, Adyashanti's approach is a breath of fresh air. Let things be as they are, and recognize who, or what, we really are. That's all there is to it...but that's all we really need. ...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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“Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. This is meditation. Anything else is actually a form of concentration. Meditation and concentration are two different things. Concentration is a discipline; concentration is a way in which we are actually directing or guiding or controlling our experience. Meditation is letting go of control, letting go of guiding our experience in any way whatsoever. The foundation of True Meditation is that we are letting go of control.” 24 likes
“Awareness isn’t something we own; awareness isn’t something we possess. Awareness is actually what we are.” 15 likes
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