Adyashanti – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Adyashanti dares all seekers of peace and freedom to take the possibility of liberation in this life seriously. He began teaching in 1996, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom he had been studying for 14 years. Since then many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti. The author of The End of Your World, Emptiness Dancing, and True Meditation, Adyashanti offers spontaneous and direct nondual teachings that have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages.

However, Adya says, “If you filter my words through any tradition or ‘-ism’, you will miss altogether what I am saying. The liberating truth is not static; it is alive. It cannot be put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the beyond—awake and present, here and now already. I am simply helping you to realize that.” A native of Northern California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, and teaches extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area offering satsangs, weekend intensives, and silent retreats. He also travels to teach in other areas of the United States and Canada. “Adyashanti” means primordial peace.


  • Adya is so easy to understand. Tolle is good too. As for dealing with other people in the world, I found Dr. Judith Orloff very good. She gives tips on how to deal with ego.

  • Nice interview.

    What form of meditation does Adyashanti practice?
    What form does he teach or recommend?
    Just sitting in Silence?


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    Yup that’s me; spiritual shipwreck, personal will extremely diminished, but not enlightened or guided by the whole yet. Its JUST like he says, its like the entire energy that was running your life previously just disappears. THANK YOU Adyashanti if you weren’t here to talk about this I might as well assume that I’d gone completely insane. Now I just have to wait this thing out I guess.

  • If you go to Adya’s website there is an audio download called “In Harmony with Existence” – he talks about this and how to align with the truth for over an hour.

  • Adyashanti’s teachings are so helpful , Adyashanti , Mooji, Papaji Wow! I am lucky to be born in this time period

  • Yes, Adyashanti practices the practice of sitting into or resting as silence. Basically a pointer to that is, to – Not interpret anything that you see through the eyes, not accessing any memory . One key to this is , whenever a thought comes to the mind, shift your attention to – who is thinking this thought? – i.e if “I” am what I think ..then who is I . Its a way for the mind to silence itself, by moving attention more and more to the originator of thought..which is silence

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