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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
Spontaneous Awakening AN INVITATION INTO THE "ORDINARY S TATE" OF ENLIGHTENMENT 11-SESSION COURSE EXPLORES • The link between personal awareness and awareness itself • How awakening is self-authenticating • Lucid dreaming: a powerful analogy for the process of awakening • How holding even one idea about what is true can be an obstacle • A guided meditation to “Allow Every- thing to Be As It Is” • Why genuine spiritual knowing requires mental subtraction—not addition • How attachment can lead to complete freedom and unattachment • Self-inquiry: how to use this potent catalyst for awakening • How paradoxical teachings can help your mind relax • Over seven hours of teachings, including two complete guided meditations and an exclusive interview, for discovering your own “direct path to realization” ADYASHANTI ... began teaching in 1996 after a series of transformative spiritual awakenings, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom he had been studying for 14 years. Adyashanti’s teachings have been compared to some of the early Ch’an (Zen) masters of China as well as teachers of Advaita Vedanta in India. He is the author of Emptiness Dancing, The Impact of Awakening, and My Secret Is Silence. YESPlease send me Adyashanti’s Spontaneous Awakening 11-session audio retreat at $20 off the regular price. Shipping is free with this offer (for shipping charges outside the U.S., please call). Enclosed is full payment of $49.95 for 6 CDs (total savings: almost $30). I understand that my purchase is 100% guaranteed by Sounds Tr ue. 6 CDs / 73⁄4 hours / order #F916D / $69.95 $49.95 Check method of payment (Colorado residents please add 2.9% sales tax): Check MC VISA AMEX Money Order CARD NUMBER EXPIRES PRINT NAME ADDRESS CITYS TATE ZIP Mail to: Sounds Tr ue, PO Box 8010, Priority Code BDHVA, Boulder CO 80306 Or call 800-333 - 9185 for fastest service $20 OFF + FREE SHIPPING “Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special—it’s not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred,” teaches Adyashanti. There are many myths and misconceptions about awakening, as many traditions declare that only a chosen few can ever experience it. But Adyashanti demystifies this coveted state on his first-ever widely published audio retreat, Spontaneous Awakening. Here, you will join this emerging teacher and author whose fresh and incisive teachings break open the fixations of the conceptual mind. There is, however, one catalyst required: your willingness to look very deeply, your strong desire to inquire into truth. It’s not really about “the me” becoming enlightened, he explains. It’s about giving way to the truth of what you are. There is still the person—but what is really occupying the person? THE COURAGE TO QUESTION As a young man, Adyashanti’s spiritual quest landed him at the feet of older Zen students who had been sitting for 20 to 30 years. When pressed, they admitted that they had given up on the possibil- ity of ever attaining enlightenment, and instead had made peace with having become simply “a little kinder” as human beings. But that wasn’t enough for the spirited Adyashanti, who set out to find his own answers. What he discovered through long periods of silence and his own deep investigations was that awakening is indeed possible—and it is available to each of us. Today, he speaks to groups around North America and offers his radical approach to spiritual liberation, including his clear and simple instruction for meditation: no manipulation. “When you stop re- sisting experience, what remains is the bliss of sheer nothingness. And everything that is possible lives in that nothingness,” he explains. ONLY AWARENESS REMAINS According to Adyashanti, the role of the teacher is to introduce you to the natural state and truth of not who you are but what you are. With over seven hours of teachings, two guided meditations, and an exclusive Sounds True interview, Spontaneous Awakening is designed to bring you into communion with this openhearted and intensely lucid teacher. PO Box 8010 / Priority Code: BDHVA Boulder, CO 80306 / Phone 800-333-9185 SOUNDS TRUE