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Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path Paperback – June 15, 1987
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"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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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.
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.
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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An easy read. Pretty basic dogma. Better to sit than to readPublished 9 months ago by Satipatipatti
If I was on a desert island, and could only have a few things....this book would be one of those few things. I am not spiritual per se and I am not a Buddhist... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Butterfly
Wise, lucid and practical introduction to how spiritual practice, insight ABD practice connect. Heartily recommended for anyone who wishes depth and practicalityPublished 11 months ago by Rafique Keshavjee
I love this book, direct information you can grasp for yourself personally.Published 12 months ago by Sue H.
One of the few books I ever willingly took notes on and made a personal mind map!!! Was Ayya Khama, perhaps, an arahant herself? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Patrick Holland
I loved the book. I probably will read it again as there's so much pertinent information and wisdom on the subject of mindfullness meditation.Published 14 months ago by Karim
Great book to read and reread. Very helpful in a gentle way. Great read for finding your own way through Buddhist teachings and thought.Published 14 months ago by Lauren