The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment

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  • Copyright: 5/28/2010
  • Publisher: Sounds True
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More and more people today have had a glimpse of genuine spiritual awakening, only to see it slip away after a few hours or days. Adyashanti calls this the "I got it/I lost it" phenomenon, and it perplexes many of his students. For those caught between what he calls "non-abiding" awakening and the ultimate state of "abiding" enlightenment, Adyashanti offers The End of Your World--an in-depth look at the remarkable yet enigmatic process of spiritual awakening. With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti helps readers navigate the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that "un-enlighten" us along the journey, including: The trap of meaninglessness How the ego can "co-opt" realization for its own purposes The illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs The danger of becoming "drunk on emptiness". "I often ask people who come to me, 'Are you ready to lose your world?", explains Adyashanti, "Because true awakening will not fit into the world as you imagine it or the self you imagine yourself to be." Covering a range of topics ordinarily kept private between student and teacher, The End of Your World invites you to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are--and how to live when you discover it.

Author Biography

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 fourteen years. Adya's teachings have been compared to the early Ch'an (Zen) masters of China as well as teachers of Advaita Vedanta in India. His published works include the books Emptiness Dancing, True Meditation, and My Secret is Silence, and the audio learning course Spontaneous Awakening. For more information, please visit adyashanti.org.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Editor's Introductionp. xi
Exploring Life After Awakeningp. 1
Authentic Awakening-And the Disorientation That Can Followp. 15
"I Got It, I Lost It"p. 29
We Come to Nirvana by Way of Samsarap. 51
Coming Completely Out of Hidingp. 63
Common Delusions, Traps, and Points of Fixationp. 81
Life Itself Holds Up a Mirror for Our Awakeningp. 101
The Energetic Component of Awakeningp. 117
When Awakening Penetrates the Mind, Heart, and Gutp. 129
Effort or Grace?p. 159
The Natural Statep. 165
The Story of the Weddingp. 175
An Interview with Adyashantip. 179
About the Authorp. 217
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