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“Wake up to formless nature and find that formless nature wants to embody itself.” ~ Adyashanti, The Pouring In of Immensity 

April 2019 News & Offerings 

A Monthly Online Publication for Peace Room Articles, Teachings, Online & In-Person Programs, New Gatherings, & Sangha Reflections

Upcoming Complimentary Video Broadcasts  

Note: There will be no complimentary broadcasts in April due to Adya's Online Retreat, A Revolution of Being 2019 ~ Breaking Through: Encountering the Ground of Being at the Heart of Existence.

  • Live Broadcast with Mukti Talk Followed by Call-in Dialogues Wed, May 29 ~ 6:00 pm PT 
  • Broadcast with Adyashanti "Commitment to Truth and Love" (Prerecorded) Wed, June 5 ~ 6:00 pm PT Thu, June 6 ~ noon PT 


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Bay Area

Upcoming Bay Area Programs  

  • Santa Cruz Meeting with Mukti Tue, April 23
  • Palo Alto Silent Retreat Day with Mukti Sat, April 27  
  • Palo Alto Meeting with Adyashanti Sun, May 5  


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Reflections from the Sangha

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A Reflection from the 2018 Asilomar Retreat with Adyashanti by Jaime A. Pineda

Attending the retreat in such a setting was like putting frozen butter in a microwave and then getting a mind massage at a beautiful spa. I became aware of a stillness I had forgotten but now see and feel all around.  

The Unfoldment

I feel an unfoldment taking place. I came hard of thought and heavy of heart, Am leaving softer and lighter. I came with a restless mind, Am leaving with it at rest. I came not recognizing stillness, Am leaving recognizing it as myself. I came feeling an end to my awakening, Now I know this is just the beginning. I feel an unfoldment taking place. I bow down with deep gratitude.  


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Embracing the Paradox of True Nature

by Adyashanti

Adyashanti

“Everything in nature is in the process of becoming, but it’s not in a rush to get there. When a pine tree is a seed, in a certain sense it’s complete. It contains the entire pine tree within the seed.” 


Awakening, at least initially, is often a kind of transcending of the human dimension of being. Body, mind, ego—all of that is transcended. And that’s necessary, because it’s not our egos that wake up. We have to be able to sort of leave them behind. But also, we do have a body and a mind and a human life that’s in time and space, and it’s always in a process of becoming. 

To our ego mind it’s hard to imagine “becoming” that has no search for completion in it, no sense of angst or unworthiness. But it’s actually happening all around us. Everything in nature is in the process of becoming, but it’s not in a rush to get there. When a pine tree is a seed, in a certain sense it’s complete. It contains the entire pine tree within the seed. In fact, in a way, it contains all pine trees within the seed. It’s totally complete; nothing is left out. The potentials for roots and trunks and branches and pine needles are all present. A hundred-and-fifty-foot-tall pine tree is innate in a single little seed.  

If that seed had its own version of a spiritual awakening, it would feel that completeness, that it didn’t have to become anything other than it was. That’s a huge thing for a human being to experience. Simultaneously, if the conditions are right, the seed starts to sprout and put down roots. It grows a trunk and stretches out its branches and needles to the sun, and basically unfolds its potential. Through the whole life of the tree, it’s endlessly unfolding its potential, until its life is exhausted and it becomes fertilizer for the next seed.  

That’s one of the examples I like to use where you can actually have both of these things happening: always unfolding your potential and always unfolding your completion, once we realize what’s always and already whole. And it’s not just a personal thing. It’s not the ego that has that realization; it’s true nature as such, so it’s the true nature of all beings and all things. As it is said that the Buddha proclaimed when he awoke, “I and all beings everywhere have simultaneously realized the great liberation.”  

Of course, if he was saying that from the ego perspective or even the rational perspective, it makes no sense. Just because this guy Buddha sitting under the tree had his great enlightenment doesn’t mean that somebody around the corner all of a sudden popped into enlightenment also. But the true nature of me is the true nature of you, and the true nature of you is the true nature of the universe. And when true nature awakens through an individual expression, it’s true nature as such that awakens. So that’s the feeling, and that’s important, because it’s not only important for us to discover our wholeness and completion, but that we also perceive it in others. If it’s a real realization, it will be true nature that’s awake—not “my” true nature, in terms of just me. It has that quality, too, because there’s still an individual there in a certain sense. But the gift has to be seen everywhere.  

Seeing the true nature of everyone and everything is an immensely beautiful thing to behold, and wonderfully confounding when you behold the true nature of somebody or something you really don’t like. “Really? Wow!” It doesn’t mean that you suddenly agree with the person you dislike. You can still disagree, but it’s different to disagree and just see your version of their wrongness, or disagree and see that they are also an expression of true nature—potentially a conscious one, potentially an unconscious one.  

Even though it’s just mere understanding, it’s kind of nice every once in a while to remind yourself that you can’t be other than you are, and there’s completion from the very beginning. Even when we’re confused and searching and struggling, that’s also true nature. That’s like the seed sprouting and pushing away the grains of soil as it makes its way to the surface sunlight. You can feel that pushing through happening sometimes; that itself is an expression of true nature. So the yearning and the search is an expression of true nature. And it’s not a bad thing to contemplate, especially if you’re having a difficult time. You don’t somehow stop becoming what you really are when you’re struggling.  

It all starts from the simplest standpoint, the simplest thing. As I say, often when it comes to your spiritual practice, whatever that is, the simpler and more one-pointed the better. The usefulness of an application is how much can be condensed into its most simple form. It’s like a physicist trying to come up with an equation that takes the greatest amount of information and condenses it into the most simple expression possible. That was the genius of E=mc2. The amount of information that it contained was almost unimaginable, as well as its beauty. Certainly for someone like Einstein this was clearly a big part of his motivation. Such discoveries were mathematical and spiritual discoveries at the same time.  

So when you condense the immensity of true nature down into a really simple application, you want something that contains as much wisdom and vision and love as possible in its most simplified, practical form. Often I’ll say simply, “Abide as awareness.” Just that. Keep it simple.  

Excerpted from a talk from Adyashanti's 2019 Mount Madonna Retreat. An audio download version is available. 

 

The Void of Being

This Month's Complimentary Download

The Void of Being 

This 22-minute guided meditation is part of a 5-download set by Adyashanti recorded during the August 2018 Woldingham Silent Retreat in Surrey, UK. The meditation is followed by a period of silence and a bell.  

Meditation Titles in the 5-Download Set:  

• The Breath of Meditation • Meditation on the Three Centers • Receiving the Spontaneity of Experience • The Void of Being • The Presence of Being  

Recorded at Woldingham School in Woldingham, Surrey, UK, August 2018 © 2018 by Adyashanti. All rights reserved.  

Get the Download here on the lower right 

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Explore the Teachings

Visit Adyashanti's and Mukti's Teachings Pages to watch their latest videos. (See the links below.) 

  • Nourishing Values through Attention Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from A Compassionate Life 
  • Who Are You? Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from Silent Meditation Day Vol 8
  • A Meeting of the Heart Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from The Quiet Space of Openheartedness
  • The Intimacy of Relatedness Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from Silent Retreat Vol 69 ~ Talks
  • Episode 23: Awareness Explorers Podcast Adyashanti ~ From Awareness Explorers (See Interviews page in Library)  
  • The Ground of True Satisfaction Mukti ~ Excerpted from What Is Enough? 
  • Embodying Awakening Podcast Mukti ~ From Deconstructing Yourself (See Interviews page in Library)  


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Gatherings

Gatherings 

The following cities recently joined the growing list of Adyashanti's Gatherings & Study Groups, where people come together to listen to Adyashanti's and Mukti's CDs, watch DVDs, and watch live broadcasts:

  • Long Beach, CA
  • Jupiter, FL
  • Taos, NM
  • Parramatta, NSW, Australia
  • Airdrie, AB, Canada
  • Cumberland, BC, Canada


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Adyashanti

About Adyashanti  

Adyashanti, author of The Most Important Thing, The Way of Liberation, Resurrecting Jesus, Falling into Grace, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.  

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Mukti

About Mukti  

Mukti, whose name is translated as “liberation,” is the Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. Her talks point audiences back to their natural state of wholeness or undivided consciousness. For teaching excerpts, audio recordings, and a complete calendar of Mukti's events, visit www.muktisource.org.

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