Who is Adyashanti?

After a series of transformative spiritual awakenings, Adyashanti (which means “Primordial Peace”) began teaching in 1996, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom he had been studying for 14 years. Adya’s teachings have been compared to some of the early chan (zen) masters of China as well as teachers of Advaita Vedanta in India.

Adyashanti dares all seekers of peace and freedom to take the possibility of liberation in this life seriously. Since then many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti.

The author of Emptiness Dancing, The Impact of Awakening, and My Secret is Silence, Adyashanti offers spontaneous and direct nondual teachings. 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.

has appeared on Integral Naked:

The Direct Approach. Part 3. Shadow, Responsibility, and the Great Indifference.11/26/2006
The Direct Approach. Part 2. Like a Snap of the Finger.10/16/2006
The Direct Approach. Part 1. Always-Already and the Integral View.8/28/2006