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3.0 out of 5 stars All opinons are equally valid..., 5 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Emptiness Dancing (Paperback)
... is one of the points Adyashanti makes in the book which struck a cord with me and which I've since been conscious of keeping in mind as much as possible - ironically, except when rating books on amazon it seems. In general a lot of what is written in the book made good sense to me, albeit in quite a superficial way.

Throughout the book the author (Adya) tells us what life was like before enlightenment, the moment he became enlightened, how his perception of life changed once enlightened and in general, letting us know how an enlightened person goes about their daily life.

Some people may find this refreshing as very few - and none that I've read about - enlightened masters even claim to be enlightened let alone spend a good chunk of a book telling the reader all about about it, repeatedly.
As for me I perceived it to be egotistical ramblings and as a result the majority of the book lost any real depth / insight.

However, even without this I may have been biased against the book as I purchased it hoping to learn more about the Buddhist teachings on Emptiness - as implied in the title? - and instead got nothing of the sort. Even the word "emptiness" is barely written.

That's my opinion but if others claim this book to be tremendously insightful / inspiring, helped change their lives and that Adyashanti is the most profound yet humble person they've had the pleasure to read about, I would say to them that their opinion is equally as valid as mine - I really did takes some positives from the book if not the man.
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2014, 12:43:38 GMT
Nazboy says:
Thanks for the honest summary, having listened to some of Adyashanti's talks I also find the self-proclamations to be a bit off-putting. Have you read Heartwood of The Bodhi Tree by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu? I found it to be an exceptional rendering of the subject of emptiness. Well worth a read if you are interested in the topic.
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