Adyashanti ◦ Complete Interview with Bob Cowart


Adyashanti speaks candidly about his own process of awakening, how he became a spiritual teacher, what enlightenment is, the various pitfalls of spiritual practice, and more.

Bob Cowart conducted this 1-hour-and-45-minute interview in Adyashanti’s house in Northern California in 2002.

Published on Jan 21, 2013 with compliments from Advaita Jivanmukti aka AwakanedBeingness

Bob Cowart

It all started in 1953. OK, let’s skip to 1971. That’s when I graduated from high school in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania (this is, like, suburban Philadelphia). I was hacking pretty heavily with sound equipment, playing in a bunch on rock bands (bass guitar. We did stuff like Chicago Transit uthority, Santana, Beatles, James Brown). I was also taking classical piano lessons, and had a light-show company (Audio-Sonic Light and Sound) with a couple of friends. Lots of psychedelic effects (all external). So of course, then I attended Temple University with a concentration in psychology. Must have been trying to figure out what I got out of those strobe lights.

TM and stuff… During that time, I checked out various forms of meditation and self development, such as Silva Mind Control, hypnosis, and TM. I developed an interest in the physiological effects of relaxation and meditation techniques, and how these effects might be used to improve physical health and psychological wellbeing.

Upon graduating, instead of getting an advanced degree in psych, I headed to France to be trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, since I found that way more useful than what Western psycholigical disciplines Nine months of training later, I was teaching TM in New York City. A few months later, I decided the weather in NY was the pits, and I so moved on to Chicago (where the weather was also the pits), then finally landed up in the San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley to be precise). Besides being co-chair of the TM Center in Berkeley, in 1978 I taught TM to high-security inmates in San Quentin prison, a program funded by the California State Department of Corrections. This was a very interesting experience. Also frightening. I do not recommend doing anything that will wind you up in jail.

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