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Peter Bampton

Born in 1965 and originally from England, Peter studied English Literature in London and then, inspired by his longing for spiritual freedom, spent many years traveling the world. He participated in intensive meditation retreats and in monastic life in the Theravada Forest Tradition in the Western lineage of Ajahn Chah, where he experienced his initial Awakening and almost became a Buddhist monk. His trajectory abruptly shifted from a traditional monastic path when he read the Advaita Vedanta classic I Am That by Sri Nisagardatta Maharaj, which transmitted the searing immediacy of liberation here and now. Attuned to this radical intuition, Peter soon met the fiery young American spiritual teacher, Andrew Cohen, and became involved for the following thirteen years in a radical and controversial experiment in conscious evolution, based primarily in USA. Eventually finding the orientation of that endeavor to be creatively limiting, he left in 2005 and in 2007, after two years of intensive retreat on the island of Ibiza, Spain, while living on a permaculture farm, he and his partner Cynthia bought the abandoned mountain farm of Quinta da Mizarela in Central Portugal, and co-founded The Awakened Life Project.

Peter is a spiritual teacher to the growing international network of students involved with The Awakened Life Project, and is the leader of the Awakened Life Men’s Collective. He teaches retreats and courses that catalyze Awakening to the radical immediacy of the Spiritual Heart, and facilitate the transformational task of embodying that Realization in everyday life.

A great lover of Portugal and the Portuguese, Peter founded the initiative EvoLusa: Toward an Awakened Portugal, as a vehicle to illuminate and explore the underappreciated strengths and potentials he sees in the Portuguese character. It is his conviction that the Portuguese carry in their collective “soul” an uncorrupted purity of heart, and receptivity to spiritual reality, that is unique in the occidental world. Peter’s vision for EvoLusa is that it will be a potent catalyst and a vibrant, dynamic hub for a new “age of discovery” amongst awakening Portuguese.

In 2017 Peter embarked on a spiritual pilgrimage in India and experienced a profound deepening through the Grace of Ramana Maharshi, while meditating in Virupaksha cave on Arunachala Mountain, where Ramana had lived in silence. In recent years he has also experienced a profound and ever-deepening Recognition-Response to the Comprehensive Teaching and Divine Grace and Person of Avatar Adi Da Samraj, whom he now regards as Master.

Peter's other interests include playing blues guitar, practicing qigong, foraging for wild edibles, exploring and exposing the lies we have been told about just about everything, and a nice cup of tea and a sit down.




He recently published his first book called The Fire of the Heart.


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About the project

The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.


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