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True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness [Kindle Edition]

Adyashanti
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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 fourteen years that he studied Zen, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as "an end instead of a means to an end." What he ultimately realized was that only when you let go of all techniques—even the concept of yourself as a meditator—will you open to the art of True Meditation, dwelling in the natural state. True Meditation invites you to join the growing number of seekers who have been touched by the wisdom of Adyashanti to learn:

  • How to make the "effortless effort" that will vivify the present moment
  • Meditative self-inquiry and "The Way of Subtraction": how to ask a spiritually powerful question—and determine the real answer

"We've been taught that awakening is difficult," explains Adyashanti, "that to wake up from the illusion of separation takes years. But all it really takes is a willingness to look into the depths of your experience here and now." True Meditation gives you the opportunity to reclaim the original purpose of meditation—as a gateway to "the objectless freedom of being."

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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 fourteen years that he studied Zen, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as a means to a goal they never reached. He ultimately realized that only when you let go of all techniques - even the concept of yourself as a meditator - will you open to the art of true meditation: dwelling in the natural state. "True Meditation" invites you to join the growing number of seekers who have been touched by the wisdom of Adyashanti.

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  • Print Length: 105 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This captures the essence of meditation 2 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book a week ago and I've read it twice already. I have read many books on meditation and this simple and abeviated little book is probably the best.

It captures what we, in the west, are missing most in our lives. Unfortunately I cannot put into words what "this" is!!! However I can whole heartedly recommend this book, it's one that I will keep and turn to again and again.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This set is literally amazing. How can nobody else have realised this before and set it out so clearly? Buy it - you won't regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book comes with a CD with two guided meditations by Adyashanti, combining the art of allowing everything to be as it is with spiritual inquiry. The CD supports a wonderful written narrative that cuts through the confusion around meditative techniques providing a powerful alchemy towards spiritual awakening. Have I "achieved" spiritual awakening? Not yet. But I have gained a much deeper understanding of who I am not, and improved my ability to apply that understanding to my daily life. Clear and simple teaching that touches you deeply.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This short book is a very practical and potent guide to awakening. In my mind is represents a summary of the essential teachings of most of the Eastern spiritual traditions. I think the words here are all you really need if you are able to listen to and imbibe them. He uses very straightforward language throughout which makes it much more accessible that many traditional texts. However I never felt the teachings were being dumbed-down as so often happens. I did feel he was talking from his own genuine experience and even though not all the details were covered, the flavour comes through. And that is what matters, again, if you are open and willing to listen.

Essentially the book teaches that there are 2 main steps to spiritual enlightenment, and also has a accompanying CD which contains 3 guided meditations.

1) Firstly you develop a meditative mind in which all things such as thoughts, feelings and sensations are allowed to come and go as 'they' please. This means that you as the meditator or egoic centre have to let go and not control. This is what Adyashanti calls true meditation. He points out that this is not the concentration that is often touted as meditation, such as following the breath or a mantra or a visualisation. Concentration is a form of control in which the egoic centre is perpetuated. These concentrative practices are however helpful, if you are drawn to them, in order to gather and centre oneself before entering into 'true meditation'.

This is in line with most schools of Budhism which the concentration is called samatha and the allowing is called vipashyna/vipassana.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible 22 May 2008
Format:Hardcover
From my experience this is such a lovely meditation, providing guidance into the indescribable beauty of who we really are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars true meditation 6 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
I am just so ready for this book....and therefore found it to be really amazing, Adyashanti's way of writing is so comfortable and easy to follow that you are carried away by his blissful state.
I have ordered more of his, as I blend so well with it.
A wonderful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down to Ground Zero 28 Nov 2011
By Kati
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you tried different methods of meditation and you are still unsure what it really is about and how to take the struggle, dissapointments and feeling lost and defeated by it all - this is the book for you. But even if you are well established in your practice, this book reminds you 0f the whole point of meditation. No frills and definitely no pretences here. You are brought down to earth,like it or not.
I loved it and my meditation practice has become so much more real and so much more meaningful.
Cannot thank Adya enough for this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars His best book
Anyone who has struggled to meditate should be helped by this book. He gives a new insight into what meditation actually is and speaks honestly and from his own experience.
Published 9 days ago by Les47
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Published 17 days ago by William Shakespeare
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This guy really gets it. No theology,mantras or anything else to confuse you. A simple message is well delivered. This is perfect for any of the "isms".
Published 6 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars so simple!
Whilst reading this book I realised the reasons I struggled with meditation, the posture, the concentration on breathing and the worrying If I was doing it right are the very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pablo
5.0 out of 5 stars The way to know who you are.
I am really happy with the book. If you are looking for answers about how to practice meditation this book is perfect choice for you. Read more
Published 19 months ago by IOULIAN IORDANOV
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This is a short but wonderfully clear and insightful exposition of what meditation should be about. Adyashanti emphasises that meditation isn't about trying to perfect a technique... Read more
Published 22 months ago by H.P.J.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem of a book
This book is only 80 pages long but sparkles with insight and wisdom. No words are wasted in getting to the very heart of meditation and spiritual inquiry. Read more
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Enlightenment is the natural state of consciousness, the innocent state of consciousness, that state which is uncontaminated by the movement of thought, uncontaminated by control or manipulation of mind. &quote;
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