Adyashanti (whose name means “primordial peace”) is an American-born spiritual teacher who has been teaching for 26 years. His teachings include evening meetings, weekend intensives, silent retreats, live internet broadcasts, and online courses. He has taught throughout the US and also in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia. More than 30,000 people in 120 countries are connected to his website through free email subscription. He is the author of eleven books.
Born Stephen Gray in 1962 in Cupertino, California, Adyashanti grew up as an athlete and competitive bicycle racer. At age 19, he became interested in enlightenment, began to meditate, and became fully absorbed in a quest for ultimate truth. . . .
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Mukti’s name originates in Sanskrit and is most often translated as “liberation,” a term used in Vedanta and Buddhism much the way the term “salvation” is used in Christianity. Mukti has been a teacher at Open Gate Sangha, in the lineage of Adyashanti, since 2004. Together in 1996, Adyashanti and Mukti founded Open Gate Sangha.
Previously, Mukti was raised and schooled in the Catholic tradition and also studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda for over 20 years—two paths that have greatly informed her journeys into meditation, introspection, and prayer.
She holds a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a license in acupuncture, and a Hatha Yoga teaching certification. These backgrounds in body awareness and the healing arts, as well as her years of study with Adyashanti, largely inform her presentation style, her recommended inquiry methods, and her interest in the energetic unfolding of realization and embodiment.
The Foundation of Your Practice
Without a stable orientation to our lives, we can easily get lost in our conditioning. Adyashanti emphasizes the importance of deeply examining the foundation on which we build our spiritual practice.
Quotes from this Video:
“Almost all useful spiritual teachings have this in common: there's always a very practical, feet on the ground, embodied practice element.”
“If you build a house, you had better build that house on a good foundation, because otherwise even a beautiful house is going to have a propensity to fall apart.”
“The foundation of something is, for the most part, concealed.”
“If we haven’t consciously found an orientation to our life, found a real foundation, a direction, then what we're left with is basically just whatever our prior conditioning dictates is important to us, or what we think we should be achieving.”
“If we're not embodied, if we're not using our entire body, mind and spirit, then our approach to spirituality, to our practice, is going to be lopsided.”
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