Adyashanti, which translates to “primordial peace,” is an American spiritual teacher. He provides instruction through evening gatherings, weekend retreats, online courses and live internet broadcasts.
Arvis Joen Justi studied Zen Buddhism under Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Additionally, he participated in weekly retreats led by Jakusho Kwong Roshi who studied under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
Early Life and Education
Adyashanti (pronounced AHD-y@’Shahn-tee; Sanskrit: aady shaantiH, which translates as “primordial peace”) is an American spiritual teacher and author, offering talks, online study courses, retreats in both the U.S. and abroad. He has published various books and CDs as well as co-founding Open Gate Sangha Inc, a non-profit founded in 1996 to make his teachings available and support it financially.
Gray was born in Cupertino, California on October 26, 1962 and became interested in spiritual matters when he began competing as a competitive bicycle racer at age 10. At 20, Gray began studying Zen Buddhism under Arvis Joen Justi who studied under Taizan Maezumi Roshi; additionally he attended long meditation retreats led by Jakusho Kwong Roshi who was disciple of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
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Adyashanti (pronounced Ad-y@-SHAHN-tee; Sanskrit: aady shaantih; meaning ‘primordial peace’) is an American author and spiritual teacher renowned for his talks and online study courses that help people gain greater inner freedom. Adyashanti founded Open Gate Sangha Inc, a non-profit organization created in 1996 in support of his teachings.
Adyashanti’s public conversations with students, called satsangs, aim to demystify awakening by discussing openly about energy states during meditation and placing spiritual experiences into context without diminishing their importance to his students – an ability he is able to do because he himself has experienced them first-hand.
Achievement and Honors
Adyashanti (which means primordial peace) is an esteemed spiritual teacher with many books and videos published under his name. He has given talks throughout the United States and internationally, founding Open Gate Sangha Inc. to make his teachings available to those yearning for freedom and peace.
Adyashanti also teaches online through multiple platforms and podcasts, garnering him a large following and his teachings being highly sought after. Adyashanti stands out as being more modest than Eckhart Tolle who puts his teachings behind an enormous paywall; Adyashanti charges only $365 for an online retreat of three months long duration while offering scholarships for those unable to afford his fees.
Adyashanti (pronounced AHD-y sh-N-tee) is an American spiritual teacher whose teachings transcend any particular tradition or ideology. His message encourages individuals to pause, investigate and recognize what is already true and liberating within life itself.
Adya lives with his wife Mukti in San Francisco Bay Area where he leads evening talks, weekend intensives and five-night silent retreats. Additionally, Adya provides online courses and live internet broadcasts.
He is the author of several books and CDs. With his wife, they established Open Gate Sangha – a nonprofit organization which supports his teachings – with both staff members and volunteers contributing. Additionally, he serves on Sounds True Board of Directors. In recent years he has spoken at conferences and retreats throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Adyashanti is a YouTuber known for his spiritual teachings and author of books from United States. His estimated net worth stands at $20,000. Adyashanti earns significant sums of money through YouTube videos and other sources.
Open Gate Sangha, Inc. was established to spread and disseminate his teachings. A team of staff and volunteers assists him with this work.
He is an extremely controversial figure as he advocates self-inquiry but makes millions off his retreats and CD sales, disenfranchising many of his followers who felt betrayed. Additionally, many believe he pushed “ecclesiastical traditions” which don’t apply to modern life, encouraging students to live a spartan lifestyle and encouraging his pupils to lead strict lives of discipline and asceticism.