True Meditation: Book & CD
Sounds True, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n this book & CD package, Adyashanti approaches from many different angles the subject of
. The book and CD follow the same structure - the first section elaborates on '
Allow Everything To Be As It Is
', and the second gets into '
'. The book concludes with
Publisher Tami Simon's interview with Adyashanti.
he author and spiritual teacher begins by describing his own experiences - and difficulties - in many years of meditation practice from the Zen Buddhist tradition. He tells us that '
I actually wasn't particularly good at it
', finding it '
a lot of struggle, a lot of trying to calm my mind, a lot of trying to control my thoughts ... except for a few magical moments when meditation just seemed to happen.
' He sought a new approach, and '
started to let go of trying to control my experience.
' He advises coming to meditation '
with an open attitude, an attitude that is truly innocent
', a sense of wonder, rather than via control and manipulation. He deals with questions - such as on posture, on effort, and on fear - that students often ask, using vivid analogies, for example comparing the ego to a dog on a leash. He advises us to '
live in the same way as you meditate.
dyashanti tells us that '
Meditative self-inquiry is the practice of introducing a question - a spiritual question of power and significance - into the meditative state of mind.
' He urges us to consider, '
What is the question that's in your deepest heart?
', to ask that question, and see where it leads. He talks about our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs - and about what
them, telling us that this spirit or '
Awareness is actually what we are.
' And he underlines that this
resides deeper in ourselves than the mind. The latter fits well with my initial reaction to the topic - that Adyashanti is attempting to convey through language something that is very hard to understand through words and logic, but rather requires direct personal experience and prior
, Adyashanti offers readers - and listeners - profound yet elusive wisdom, to guide individual spiritual journeys. His thoughts are well worth your time, and continuing contemplation.
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