“You, as a human being, are an individual droplet of water, but you are also the water of all droplets, all oceans, and all lakes and streams.” ~ Adyashanti, Uncensored Straight Talk, Audio Course 

November 2019 News & Offerings 

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

Upcoming Complimentary Video Broadcasts  

  • Live Broadcast with Adyashanti Talk Followed by Call-in Dialogues Wed, Nov 6 ~ 6:00 pm PT
  • Live Broadcast with Adyashanti Talk Followed by Call-in Dialogues Wed, Nov 13 ~ 6:00 pm PT  

Announcing: You can join us on Facebook Live or YouTube Live to watch the live video broadcasts. These will be available to watch from Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Check the Social Media section below for the links. 

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Upcoming Bay Area Programs  

  • Oakland Meeting with Adyashanti Sat, Nov 2
  • Santa Cruz Silent Meditation Day with Adyashanti Sat, Nov 9  
  • Santa Cruz Meeting with Mukti Tue, Nov 12
  • Spirit of the Season Meditation Day with Mukti Sat, Dec 7  
  • Christmas Intensive with Adyashanti Sat, Dec 14  

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Reflections from the Sangha


A Reflection from the 2019 Woudschoten Retreat with Adyashanti by Marianna Bashkirova

This Paradise of Truth

I’ll never be able to fully express my gratitude for what happened to me during the 2019 Woudschoten retreat.

I heard in different ways throughout the retreat that awakening was very normal and common. But I failed. The very moment I admitted my complete failure to meditate, That was there. Soon the mind said, “Ok, we figured it out. Now we can have it at any moment,” and That was gone. I continued to be as present as I could. “Sweetheart,” I would say to my ego, “you are not going to make it.” The Truth was coming and going—at least that was my perception. After that, the sleepiness I had during meditation was gone. 

A couple of days later I came to a complete stop. I was not doing meditation or anything else, but I was overwhelmed by the presence of the limitless Awareness. It was somehow deeper and fuller. It seemed to me dark-gray, not just light. It transcended any opposites. It was just there. It always was. 

I would let That perceive through me, knowing that it never needed any permission. I experienced it in the forest, with others, within myself. I felt the curiosity of That; it wanted to perceive everything, from the joy of love to painful death or birth.

Adya’s invitation to “see what is there even when you don’t feel it” is of incredible value for me. It still works. I repeat this invitation, and a shift happens. I don’t worry about losing what is always there. It is, and it doesn’t really matter if “the little me” is around. The journey has started now, more than 10 years after the first little step. 

I see how the burden of life was all created by the ego. Much of it seems to be gone.  

I don’t know other teachings which point to Truth so directly. Every indication during the retreat was precisely what I needed for liberation, words and everything—how Adya walked in and out of the meditation hall, how he listened to one of us, or how he took some water. 

I feel immense gratitude for this paradise of Truth.  

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by Adyashanti


“That we yearn for something we’re not conscious of doesn’t mean we don’t have it, and it doesn’t even mean we aren’t it in our deepest being. 

When we turn within, it’s not just as simple as “I turn within, I meditate and get a little calmer, I’m more mindful, and maybe I become less reactive. Maybe my heart is more available.” I don’t mean to devalue that because it’s a worthy thing. It even has a nobility—but not only so that we have more benevolent ideas and behave more compassionately. There is a more significant turning within. This turning within, in its deepest sense, is when we start to peer underneath our most fundamental ideas. And of course, the ideas that are most fundamental to us are our ideas about ourselves.  

We each come in with our own coloring of uniqueness. That’s the beauty of existence. That’s the energy of life expressing itself in all of its uniqueness and diversity while at the same time being life. But when something in us comes alive enough, we start to look underneath those ideas and have the associated feelings, because this isn’t all ideas. Some of the feelings have incredible emotional energy behind them. That’s a different matter. We tend to think of what’s real as what we think or feel, and if what we think and feel line up and are the same thing, that’s something that’s hard to see through—for any of us.  

My mother used to say that when you go to a retreat it’s like going to a “Buddha boot camp,” because traditional Zen is very disciplined. I didn’t always like spiritual boot camp, but my intuition knew that it was pretty good for me, so I kept at it until I stopped chasing what somebody promised me or what I read in a book or heard in a talk. I started responding to the unique way that I was being called to that which I cared for deeply, even though I didn’t quite know what it was—a yearning to be in touch with the unique but very real and visceral quality of what motivated my spiritual life. That’s the call.  

I realized that where I didn’t have it clearly defined in my mind, I had to go to its source, and we come back to this source—the generative source of being. That’s the discovery that’s there for all of us. And since it’s innate, it’s not necessarily like we earn it or deserve it. It’s perfectly virtuous trying to be a decent human being—decent human beings are nice to be around. They’re more benign. But there’s something more intrinsic even than that.  

Yearning often feels like we’re yearning for something because we don’t have it—why would we yearn for something that we have? That we yearn for something we’re not conscious of doesn’t mean we don’t have it, and it doesn’t even mean we aren’t it in our deepest being. Things aren’t always as logically simple as we imagine. It’s useful at least to hold as a possibility that our yearning actually comes from a fullness that we may not be fully conscious of, that it may be coming from that which we are seeking. Often we can be yearning for something that somewhere inside us we don’t really believe could blossom in an ordinary human being. And what I’ve seen is when someone starts to let go of that idea, everything becomes possible for that person.  

One day I saw myself sliding back down the trajectory of my yearning to where it came from. I traced it, not with my mind, but with my intuition and sense and feeling, and I sort of felt my way back into that place where it came from. The surprise of all surprises was that the yearning came from the fullness of what I was looking for.  

There’s an idea in Zen that I didn’t understand for quite a while, which is that the yearning for enlightenment is the first arising of enlightenment in your experience. It’s like saying your yearning for God comes from God inside of you. It’s the first evidence of the divine presence in you. It doesn’t feel like it because it’s a yearning, but our spiritual yearning or orientation is the first evidence that our deepest and truest nature is breaking through into consciousness. Of course we don’t feel that when we first feel our yearning.  

“I don’t know” becomes the doorway, whether it’s “I don’t know who I am” or “I don’t know who God is.” You don’t just think it, but you start to feel it, and you don’t push against it. You don’t grasp for more knowledge. You just let yourself not know, and feel it. It’s a relief when you’re not resisting it, like Ahh, I can breathe again! Sometimes it’s the time just to rest in that place, even before our questions. Questions are relevant, but sometimes it’s the time just to pay attention to that space, that consciousness that’s there before we ever have a question, and after we have a question. Then the trajectory of the spiritual instinct itself takes us that next little step.  

Excerpted from Adyashanti's London Meeting, August 18, 2019 

True Love

This Month's Complimentary Downloads

True Love, Part 1

This complimentary download is Part 1 of the 5-download set, "True Love: The Heart of Awakened Relationship." The complete set is also available for purchase. It includes a selection of key talks and dialogues from live events (Parts 1-3), followed by an in-depth conversation facilitated by David Michelson in which Adyashanti shares his actual experience and views on relating from an awakened perspective. 

Compiled from talks and dialogues recorded in 2006-2010. © 2006-2014 by Adyashanti. All rights reserved.

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Inviting Openness

Inviting Openness ~ This Month Only!

What does your body already know about being open and available? What is it to imbue openness with our intentions—to receive, to pour forth, to know gratitude? Nurturing an open posture of being can transform our experience of living. Through a guided meditation, talk, and dialogues, Mukti invites us to sense and align in openness and know the blossoming of grace, wisdom, and well-being.  

Recorded November 3, 2015 in Berkeley, California. © 2015 by Mukti Gray. All rights reserved. 

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Introduction to the Teachings

If You Are New to the Teachings

The teachings of Adyashanti and Mukti are oriented toward awakening to your true nature as efficiently as possible, and embodying the awakened condition in your humanity, within the context of your everyday life. To begin exploring their teachings, they recommend that you review their most foundational talks, dialogues, and writings, which you can find on their Introduction to the Teachings pages. (See links below.)  

Also, if you wish to stay up-to-date on their latest teachings and programs, and receive access to this monthly newsletter, be sure to join our mailing list.  

Adya's Teachings | Mukti's Teachings

The Quiet Dimension Within

Explore the Teachings

Visit Adyashanti’s and Mukti’s Teachings pages to access complimentary introductory teachings, video and audio recordings, articles and writings, and New and Selected Teachings

Also, in their Teaching Libraries, you’ll find these latest videos: 

  • The Quiet Immensity Within Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from Silent Retreat Vol. 72: Meditations
  • Our Sacred Purpose Adyashanti & Jonathan Gustin ~ Excerpted from Being Unlimited, Episode 1: Discovering the Soul's Purpose
  • Being Fully Present Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from Engaging with the Spiritual Instinct
  • The Fundamental Realization Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from A Fluid Harmony with True Nature
  • Bringing Retreat Home Adyashanti ~ Excerpted from A Fluid Harmony with True Nature
  • What Is Meditation? Mukti ~ From Introduction to the Teachings
  • The Practice of Self-Inquiry Mukti ~ From Introduction to the Teachings  

Adya's Teachings | Mukti's Teachings



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

  • Eureka, CA
  • Grass Valley, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Houston, TX
  • Wien, Austria
  • Norwich City, Norfolk, UK  
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Vargön, Sweden  

Gathering Hosts: We would love to hear more about your Gathering! Please email us for the guidelines to submit a story about your Gathering to be considered for our Featured Gatherings page.

About Gatherings

Even the experience of emptiness changes when it settles into the heart.  ~ Adyashanti

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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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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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