255. Adyashanti and Francis Bennett on “Resurrecting Jesus”

Adyashanti & Francis BennettAdyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Resurrecting Jesus, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

Other Batgap interviews with Adyashanti:

Website: adyashanti.org

Francis Bennett was an ordinary, sociable young man who answered the call to a life of spiritual adventure as a contemplative in the monastery of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly known as Trappists. Thomas Merton, the pioneering Christian mystic of the 20th Century, was Francis’ inspiration and it was Merton’s influence that led Francis to explore the deepest reality of being, within the frameworks of Christianity, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and non-duality. Francis has worked with the sick and dying in parishes, hospitals, and hospices since he moved away from the monastic life. In 2010, while in the middle of mass, there came what Francis describes as, “a radical perceptual shift in consciousness”, which made it clear that the pure awareness at the heart of all is no different from the presence of God, which he had been seeking outside himself for so long.

Other Batgap interviews with Francis Bennett:

Discussion recorded 10/23/2014

Transcript of this discussion.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Adyashanti and Francis Bennett: Resurrecting Jesus
  • 00:04:45 – The Magic of Christianity
  • 00:07:58 – Rediscovering the Magic of Mystical Texts
  • 00:11:59 – Jesus as a Model of Enlightened Consciousness
  • 00:16:00 – The humanity of the Buddhist tradition
  • 00:20:09 – The Pendulum of the Relative and the Transcendent
  • 00:24:52 – The unique manifestation of mystical truth
  • 00:30:03 – The Extraordinary Nature of Human Potential
  • 00:34:53 – The Infinite Levels of Reality
  • 00:39:33 – The Teaching of Jesus and Miracles
  • 00:43:29 – The Dangers of Power and the Necessity for Wise Utilization
  • 00:46:46 – Being a Servant of Truth
  • 00:50:03 – True Leadership and the Counterintuitive Nature
  • 00:53:18 – Being a Servant of the Universe’s Evolution
  • 00:57:03 – Sacrifice and Love in Divine Incarnation
  • 01:00:45 – Different Strokes for Different Folks in Spirituality
  • 01:04:04 – Reaching Out for Help
  • 01:07:33 – Teaching on Spiritual Childhood and the “Little Flower”
  • 01:10:58 – The Authentic Shifts in Radical Teachings
  • 01:14:18 – The Importance of Individual Discernment
  • 01:17:30 – The Importance of Humility and Guidance in Personal Growth
  • 01:20:58 – The Physical and Spiritual Connection
  • 01:24:39 – The Power of Stories
  • 01:28:21 – The Mystery of Truth
  • 01:31:37 – The Power of Silence
  • 01:35:05 – Nonlinear Communication and Awakening Journeys
  • 01:38:38 – Healing through Authority
  • 01:41:56 – The Orchestrated Arrangement of Riches
  • 01:45:24 – Human Desires and Awakening
  • 01:48:52 – The Difference Between Relative Happiness and Absolute Happiness