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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 3rd edition (June 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086171198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861711987
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This jewel of a book is full of sound, practical advice. Not just highly recommended but essential reading." (The Middle Way)

"This book is a valuable guide to the path of meditative insight and loving compassion. It is direct, clear, and inspiring." (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness)

"Essential reading for hearts inclined to the path." (DharmaCrafts)

"Few introductory books are both simple and profound. Ayya Khema has achieved both." (North American Board for East-West Dialogue)

"Of special help are the Ayya's simple, grounded instructions to aid us in our everyday lives to develop calmness of mind and insight into our human existence...forthright and resolute guidance for the journey." (Karuna: A Journal of Buddhist Meditation)

"I just finished reading Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, and I just wanted to tell you how much it has helped me feel grounded in regards to my search on the spiritual path. Her manner of writing is so clear and meaningful and easy to grasp. These are the kinds of books that I like to underline, ear flap, and carry with me everywhere for continual support and inspiration. This is the first book I read on Buddhism, and in 31 years I finally feel like 'I'm home.' What an incredible feeling to finally have all of my 'inklings' and intuitive moments come together and make complete sense regarding life!" (From an unsolicited reader email)

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In this book, Ayya Khema gives clear, practical instruction on meditation and techniques for overcoming conditioned mental habits, ideas, beliefs, and limiting thinking patterns. Through these simple practices you will develop deeper insight, a sense of calm well-being, and a greater capacity to love and feel loved on a daily basis. She also includes an eloquent outline of the Buddhist path that can be understood and enjoyed by everybody. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in seeking enlightenment.
Toni Sherlock
I have read "Being Nobody Going Nowhere" at least six times over the past ten years and often pick it up at random to read a page or two.
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It is written in a style that is easy for Western Bhuddist readers to comprehend.
William C. Goodrich

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Using language that everyone can understand Ayya Khema describes the basics of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. Her writing style and the insights she presents strike the reader as unusually authentic and heartfelt. Although Ayya Khema is not well known in the United States, this book clearly places her in the forefront of other, more well-know practitioners. A Buddhist nun for many years, Ayya Khema's writing emerges from years of personal and practical experience. This book should be read by beginners as well as experienced meditators.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1996
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful introduction to the basic
teachings of Buddhism. It is very clear and requires no
previous exposure to Buddhism. Yet the teachings presented
in this book are very deep, very profound. I would
strongly recommend this to anyone looking for an
introduction to the teachings of the Buddha.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2002
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On occasion a book appears that turns life 180 degrees and makes all the difference. It plucks the reader up and sets them on a higher plateau. Gentle and direct at the same time, Khema's words bring out not only the wisdom of Buddhism, but the wisdom of life. Her gentle prose guides the reader through the mechanics of Buddhism, yet one doesn't have to be a Buddhist devotee to garner wisdom from the book. If you read to be uplifted, this book fits. It easily fits the palm of anyone seeking knowledge, and it brings a warm breeze to the heart. Though Khema passed on a few years ago, through her book, "Being Nobody Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path" (Khema wrote over twenty-five books), she still speaks her message to the world. Try for example the chapter called "Loving-Kindness Meditation," a gentle prayer amidst rough times, words that set the sails firm.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2000
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I was lucky enough to attend a retreat taught by Ayya Khema in 1995. I knew very little about Buddhism then, but the experience of meditating and listening to her speak had an immense positive effect on the rest of my life. This is a wonderful book because it is clear, crisp prose with a message that is profound, resonant and very comforting. I recommend it unreservedly.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By kc2dpt on August 2, 2005
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I used to always recommend Walpola Rahula's "What the Buddha Taught" as the best first read for someone looking to get started with Buddhism but now I think I'd recommend this instead. Rahula's book seems better for those with just an intellectual interest in Buddhism, but this book seems better for those who are ready to start changing their life. An absolute gem.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William C. Goodrich on July 17, 2004
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A book that transcends the page and leaves the reader with insight long after putting it down. It is written in a style that is easy for Western Bhuddist readers to comprehend. Well worth the time and money to read.
Ayya Khema's book is a summary of lessons at a Bhuddist retreat in Sri Lanka, but it reads like an overview of the most important Bhuddist teachings in one volume.
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My initial reason for ordering this book was to learn more about mediation. From front to back, it was like a blossoming lotus. Not only did I learn about meditation, I learned that it is a staple of the Buddhist Faith and why it is just that. The concept of cleansing ones mind sounds like a good intention that actually unfolds into a replenishing and rebirth of our mind and body. It is a message of hope and love with instructions.
Meditation is not just merely sitting on a pillow and chanting, it is a skill that is learned and brought forward to our thinking and speaking. She so eloquently words this process of how it flows into our daily lives as mindfulness of everything around us. We so often look at a landfill of details that really are of no consequence to the quality of our lives whatsoever. We can learn to be the inertia of wholesomeness and peace that will automatically radiate to all living things around us with skill!!
I would recommend this book to the most enlightened of people, to those in a recovery process, and also to those who are balancing life in and out of a mental (depressive)condition. Seriously, I believe not only what she was teaching, but how she taught it could actually alleviate the need for all of these medication that are being prescribed because of our run-away, chaotic world and in turn our seemingly unmanageable, stressful lives.
I DO not like the term "New Age" here. The teachings of Buddha are anything but.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carlson on October 10, 2006
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There are thousands of books out there for people interested in Buddhism, but few of them get to the core of what it's all about and why it's so important to practice, practice, practice. This is undoubtedly the best. Just the first chapter alone is perhaps the best summary I've ever read of what Buddhism really is.
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