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True Meditation | [Adyashanti]

True Meditation

What would happen if you were to allow everything to be exactly as it is? If you gave up the need for control, and instead embraced the whole of your experience in each moment that arose? In the 14 years that he studied Zen, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as a means to a goal they never reached.
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Publisher's Summary

What would happen if you were to allow everything to be exactly as it is? If you gave up the need for control, and instead embraced the whole of your experience in each moment that arose? In the 14 years that he studied Zen, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as a means to a goal they never reached. Ultimately, he realized that only when you let go of all techniques, even the concept of yourself as a meditator, will you open to the art of true meditation: dwelling in the natural state. True Meditation invites you to join the growing number of seekers who have been touched by the wisdom of Adyashanti to learn:
  • How to make the "effortless effort" that will vivify the present moment
  • Meditative self-inquiry and "The Way of Subtraction": how to ask a spiritually powerful question, and determine the real answer
  • Three guided meditations intended to reveal what Adyashanti calls "your home as awareness itself"

    "We've been taught that awakening is difficult," explains Adyashanti, "that to wake up from the illusion of separation takes years. But all it really takes is a willingness to look into the depths of your experience here and now." True Meditation gives you the opportunity to reclaim the original purpose of meditation, as a gateway to "the objectless freedom of being".

    ©2006 Adyashanti; (P)2006 Sounds True. All rights reserved.

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      Peter Monmouth, OR, United States 01-21-11
      Peter Monmouth, OR, United States 01-21-11
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      "Very Nice, Different and Refreshing"

      In reading other reader comments I almost didn't buy this, so now I am writing a review to aid those who might make the mistake of not getting this. Other sites reviewers rated this very highly, but another reviewer here said it was not as described and no mediation techiniques were offered. I disagree.

      I think that reader may have been looking for a more guided form of meditation technique. This author teaches you to let go of trying to control your meditative practice and experience it on a more organic level. It is very effective if you are looking to examine deep meditation with an emphasis on spirtual awakening rather than guided meditation for relaxation or to achieve other goals. Very very nice, relaxing and easy to understand.

      13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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      Tarah Bridgeport, CT, United States 01-19-12
      Tarah Bridgeport, CT, United States 01-19-12
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      "Wonderful..Fresh Look at Meditation"
      Where does True Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      I really enjoyed this book. I struggle with meditation and now I know why..I am to caught up on what I think it should be like. This book takes a fresh look at how to do meditations.


      What did you like best about this story?

      He has a sense of humour.. while still getting to the point


      Have you listened to any of Adyashanti’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

      Although I havnt I have recently purchased another of his books Spontaneous Awakening
      And can't wait to get into it.


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      My reaction was...so thats what I have been doing wrong all this time!


      Any additional comments?

      I loved it, anyone struggling with meditation should purchase this book and try this approad to meditation!

      5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      Arturs Toronto, ON, Canada 10-12-12
      Arturs Toronto, ON, Canada 10-12-12
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      "Fantastic book"
      What did you love best about True Meditation?

      Was very easy to understand....wow!


      What other book might you compare True Meditation to and why?

      this book reminded me of Jack Kornfield materal(which i enjoyed so much)


      Which scene was your favorite?

      everything! its hard to separate into the best parts, but to nerrow it down, i guess it was Guided meditations...


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      his peaceful voice help me to discover hope for change!! this book reached me on very deep amazing level:)!


      3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      M. S. Sanders 10-09-14

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      "Mispronunciation of Words Distracting"
      What did you like best about True Meditation? What did you like least?

      I could not get past the first twenty minutes or so of this book due to the author's mispronunciation of common words. Additionally some of the material was a little too new age-y, mumbo jumbo for my taste. But I probably could have gotten past that and into the real meat of this book--meditation and mindfulness--were it not for the author's reading (though it sounded as if he were conducting a class, so perhaps the book derived from the class rather than the other way around). A professional reading this book would have helped tremendously.


      Would you be willing to try another one of Adyashanti’s performances?

      NO!


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Donna Wynn oklahoma city, ok 06-23-14
      Donna Wynn oklahoma city, ok 06-23-14 Member Since 2014

      Retired RN on a spiritual journey.

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      "Very interesting an enlightning"
      If you could sum up True Meditation in three words, what would they be?

      This explains what happen to people who are trying to learn how to truly meditate, what it feels like to really meditate but in the wrong way.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Adyashanti, this is a very spiritual young man that seems to know what he is talking about


      Which character – as performed by Adyashanti – was your favorite?

      There were no characters


      If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

      Wake up


      Any additional comments?

      Bestt Author I've came across next to Deepak

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Russell UNSW SYDNEY, Australia 12-15-11
      Russell UNSW SYDNEY, Australia 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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      "Refreshing insight from an independent view"

      I've not heard of Adyashanti but found he has a refreshing take on meditation practice, from slightly outside of standard religious approaches to meditation practice.

      I think this is well worth the cost at least for the first part. I got a bit lost in the second but don't care, I'll just rewind and listen to the first part again. It needs to be listened to a few times to get the full effect of what he is saying.

      If you have been studying Buddhism or meditation for some time then this is well worth a purchase.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Richard Seeley Tulsa, Oklahoma 10-25-13
      Richard Seeley Tulsa, Oklahoma 10-25-13 Member Since 2009

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      "Short-term help, long-term not so much"

      The teachings and guided meditations here are helpful for the short-term if you want to relax and get a good night's sleep.

      However.

      The teachings on accepting yourself and everybody else in the world are too idealistic. Although you may feel like a spiritual giant for awhile, your "acceptance of what is" will likely last until the first driver cuts you off on the freeway or a co-worker takes credit for work you've done. Then you are likely to revert to your previous status as a human being with all the traits of anger, fear and frustration that characterize the human condition.

      As a more pragmatic teacher once said: "Nobody rises above human."

      If you're looking to relax without a martini, then this program might help you for a night or two. But if you're looking for a philosophy of life, you may be disappointed.

      1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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      Tammy Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 07-09-07
      Tammy Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 07-09-07
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      "Not As Described"

      Difficult to follow--No true meditation practice as outlined in the publisher's description.

      5 of 25 people found this review helpful
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