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

  • I am experiencing something similar , a bit diminished energy , I go out of my way to take walks, run, listen to fast music, socialize . These things have helped me reduce the lethargy. I also got a thorough medical checkup to see which hormones low. Since hormones are the basic mechanism of the body to regulate energy. Cut down on coffee and drink lots of water . do weights or something that will increase testoterone. Hope it helps, May the I-am Bless you.

  • Thanks. I hear hormones are a huge thing as well. Right now I’m totally confused if what I’m experiencing right now is mostly spiritual or mostly physical. I’m working my tail off to improve my physical health; taking adaptogenic herbs, eating organic food, getting grounded, ect so I can know for sure its not really my health. I feel like before the whole spiritual thing entered my life though I could push my way through physical discomfort/ lethargy and get stuff done. Not so much now.

  • I think physical phenomena, however they might begin , finally result in some kind of hormones or the other. Spirituality is the driver ( as you said ) . But it uses the mechanism of the body . So if you are feeling physical un-motivated, its most likely the hormones which have been regulated through spiritual practices optimally for meditation or “Just being” , but if the mind wants to do something, like work, then this is not optimal. please check thyroid, testoterone levels,

  • It helped me a lot. Also jogging and lifting weights automatically gets your testoterone running , increases heart-rate ( which is not conducive to meditation ) and refreshes the brain . Once this happens you can meditate whenever you are ready and work whenever you have to. For me this method worked best.

  • thank you for writing this, im on this same boat..
    indeed i was also considering medication, because this does have the potential to keep me here stuck forever or to at the very least ruin my chances of getting a career
    even my toughts seem to be following this pattern of absolute procastination

    has this gotten any better for you?
    and i agree…it’s awesome that they are actually documenting all this!

  • Hey Mutageno. I notice that the more I give up my ambitions in life, all my ambitions, the easier this thing is. First I thought I would have the ambition to start up and run my own business, then I figured well this isn’t working out so might as well go to college. But since I waited a year since high school I can only afford community college now. And I was in the top 20 students, so I was expecting to go places. Anyway it feels like life is pushing me to accept mediocrity And I must accept it

  • Its like, I think that the more I am willing to be mediocre (e.c simple person, working jobs even considered menial like cashier or garbage man) the more I can relax into nothingness, and the more grace I receive. Its not like you have to be a garbage man, but you have to lower your ego to that. There’s also so many images of myself I’ve been shedding over the past months like “at least I’m handsome” or “at least I’m intelligent” or “at least I’m a good person”. I believe less and less in that

  • “I won’t hit you with alot of biographical questions. Adishanti: Thank you rick!. Was that the ego who replied? Since it was so pain?

  • Thanks so much for your interviews…so much help. wondering if it’s possible you could interview Marlies Cocheret…she was asked to teach by Adyashanti.

  • Hi chuck, I’ve been intensely on the spiritual path over the past 6 years. 2 yrs ago I got less and less energy, had tensions in my legs at night and had felt stressed for no reason. I went to a hormone specialist called Dr. Hertoghe in Belgium. I had blood and urine tested. I was low in different vitamins, in melatonine, in iron, in testosterone and a few others. I now take prescribed melatonin, DHEA, cortisol and testosterone (low doses!) and vitamins and minerals. I feel so much better now.

  • For a long time, since spirituality was my life, I was convinced my problems (particularly the leg tensions at night) were emotional/spiritual. Stress aggravated the tensions, but it became clear that that wasn’t the cause. Just a trigger. In my case, for whatever reason, I did not absorb vitamins and minerals well. I was convinced I had a healthy (also organic!) diet, but that didn’t help. The treatment of Dr, Hertoghe balances the hormones and helps the body to absorb vitamins and minerals.

  • One last comment. I had been a vegetarian for 18 years when I got the problems I described. I reluctantly write this, because I prefer a world without meat and fish consumption, but for me it was part of the problem. Much of what I lacked (testosterone, fat-soluble vitamine D and A, iron). Is found in meat and fish and eggs. Also my diet created dental problems. I now do eat some meat and fish and loads of eggs to get back in balance.
    All the best. Back to listening to Adya (I love that guy!)

  • I agree with what was said about the ‘Will’. I believe that we can safely say that at the moment of death (of the body), that final letting go of what remains of the ‘Will’, will be complete.

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