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Peter Bampton

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 many 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 changed course in 1992, when he had a profound Awakening to the radical immediacy of Freedom here and now, through reading the Advaita Vedanta classic I Am That by Sri Nisagardatta Maharaj. This Awakening was magnified when he soon after met the fiery young American spiritual teacher, Andrew Cohen. He was involved for the next thirteen years with the organization and spiritual community EnlightenNext, in a radical, progressive and controversial experiment in evolutionary enlightenment, based primarily in the United States. In 2007, after two years of intensive retreat on the island of Ibiza, Spain, while living on a permaculture farm, he and his new partner Cynthia bought the abandoned mountain farm of Quinta da Mizarela in Central Portugal, and sowed the visionary seed of what was to become The Awakened Life Project.

Besides being a spiritual guide to the growing international network of students involved with The Awakened Life Project, Peter teaches retreats and courses that catalyze Awakening to the radical immediacy of Freedom here and now, and facilitate the task of embodying that Realization in everyday life. He has a keen interest in men's development, founding and leading the Awakened Life Men's Collective for many years. A great lover of Portugal and the Portuguese, he founded the initiative “EvoLusa: Toward a more Awakened Portugal”, to illuminate the underappreciated strengths and potentials he sees in the Portuguese character.

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 his early years. Peter has also experienced a profound and ever-deepening Recognition-Response to the Teaching and Divine Grace of Avatar Adi Da Samraj. Peter's other interests include playing blues guitar, practicing qigong, hiking on the mountain trails surrounding Quinta da Mizarela, the ashram of The Awakened Life Project, 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.


Quinta da Mizarela
3305-031 Benfeita
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