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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559393262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559393263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anam Thubten goes to the heart of the matter in this easy-to-read yet profound book written in an accessible contemporary style."—Mandala Magazine

"The author, through discussions on meditation, inner contentment or detachment, awareness, acceptance, compassion, ultimate awakening, and transcendent wisdom, enables us to realize and grasp that all the wealth is within us and in our control."—East and West Series

"In lucid, accessible language, [Anam Thubten] guides the reader to the realization of this infinite possibility."—Eastern Horizon

"He is both familiar with and sensitive to the psychological difficulties that can complicate spiritual practice. He approaches the core feature of Buddhist philosophy, "No-Self," in a direct, humorous, no-nonsense way that is softened by tender and compassionate insights. . . . Accessible and contemporary, [Thubten] frequently uses lively imagery to underline his points. . . . Provides not only a clear, engaging introduction to the Buddhist path, but also inspiration and salutary warnings for more experienced practitioners.—The Middle Way

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"Simply written but not simplistic, No Self No Problem tackles one of the greatest challenges of being a Buddhist: eliminating the sense of the separate self (the ego) as a means to accomplish enlightenment. Thubten's writing is straightforward and easily read, encouraging the reader towards the understanding that anyone and everyone can lose their attachment to ego, but he never comes across as patronizing: "It's easy... I did it and you can do it, too!" At the same time, Thubten points out that the way to enlightenment is far easier than we think it is: it simply comes down to losing attachments. Thubten acknowledges that failure can, does, and will happen along the way; accepting that truth will make things easier, although failure does not give excuse for not trying. His style is warm and inviting, and he sprinkles a good bit of humor throughout, keeping the text from becoming overly dry and boring. No Self No Problem should sit on the bookshelf of everyone interested in letting go of their ego."- Elephant Journal

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One of the best books on the subject I have ever read.
Dorje Drollod
Anam Thubten has a way of explaining concepts in a clear, concise, compassionate way.
Douglas King
As someone well along the path of awakening, I highly recommend this book.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Scott Broadbent on August 18, 2009
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We are so caught up in our fantasies and illusions that we are blind to them. Most of our spiritual and religious endeavors are just more fantasy. We have mindsets that we are totally oblivious to. Anam Thubten does a simple, straightforward, and unusually effective job at bringing us to a place where all this can actually be sensed, at least momentarily. He presents a fundamental and unembellished challenge to make a real choice: live in fantasy, or live in reality. He brings you to the place where it really is a choice, not just another fantasy. This is a highly recommended book. It is deceptively simple and does require a certain history of inner work to appreciate the depth presented.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dorje Drollod on April 9, 2010
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There are complicated teachings for those with complicated minds and simple teachings for those with simple minds. If you like simple yet profound teachings on the nature of mind, free of jargon and unnecessary elaboration, this book is perfect for you. It is like reading advice from an old friend who knows how to speak so that you will really understand and appreciate what is being said. Frankly, the value of this book far exceeds the cost associated with its purchase. Download a sample of the kindle edition first before purchasing and decide if the format suits you as it is not the best appearance. One of the best books on the subject I have ever read.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SFyogini on September 1, 2009
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The simplicity and kind spirit in which this book is written will remind you of the work of Thich Nhat Hanh. Its elegance and clarity will remind you of the work of HH the Dalai Lama. I will read this book again and again and heartily recommend it. The author is Tibetan with years of monastic and scholastic training, who yet knows Western culture very well (he is fluent in English) and has done what is needed to make the essential teachings of the Buddha accessible to those who haven't had the opportunity to practice intensively in a monastery. His writings are lively and offer pure dharma in a way that is utterly devoid of pretense and also quite humorous. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacy McKay on August 17, 2010
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im a newcomer to buddhism, and this is the best book i've found so far that seems to cut the extraneous material and tell me exactly what i need to know. most other books are heavy on the history of buddhism and other facts without really explaining anything clearly (and never really giving good examples). well, im not interested in history and facts about rituals - im interested in how to apply buddhist principles to my life, and i want the explanation to be crystal clear and well-argued. well, this is the book for you, if you're like me. if you're absolutely confused on where to start with buddhism, this book should be your starting point.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Matthews on July 10, 2011
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Anam Thubten has written an elegant and profound book exposing the artificial concepts that limit us to the problems of an illusory self. When we examine these concepts and free ourselves from them and the attachment they generate, only openness and compassion remain.

Though born in Tibet and trained in the Nyingma tradition, Thubten writes masterfully in a style reminiscient of modern spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Gina Lake and Byron Katie. While remaining true to the Nyingma tradition, Thuben writes in contemporary Western parlance about the 'non-conceptuality of truth,' the importance of avoiding 'spiritual bypassing,' and the snares set for us by the 'egoic mind.' The result? A book of carefully argued, humorously presented spiritual wisdom that never feels like a "Buddhist book" alone.

I come from a Christian perspective that has been informed by Advaita Vedanta and contemporary mystical writings. Although I love reading Buddhist books, sometimes the effort of sifting through culturally specific beliefs to find more universal truths feels overwhelming. "No Self, No Problem" is a powerful and accessible book because Thubten has done the work of cultural translation, making a Western/Eastern hybrid which blends the strengths of both traditions. Thubten makes every effort to support and encourage readers who come from traditions and philosophies other than Buddhism. "No Self, No Problem" should be required reading for anyone interested in meditation, self-help, psychology, and nondual philosophy.

J Jennifer Matthews
author of "Radically Condensed Instructions for Being Just as You Are."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nate DeMontigny on October 3, 2010
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Anam Thubten lays the groundwork for an enlightened life in a simplistic way that not only a long time practitioner can understand, but those new to the path as well. Without using literary jargon and words that only a scholar could understand, Anam's approach to the teachings here in the book break right through it all and keep things as transparent as possible.

Expounding wisdom such as "when we look into our consciousness and simply ask what is holding us back, we don't really find anything. We don't find a devil with two horns holding us back. I always say that it would be good news if we found such a devil. Then we could all get together and wrestle it," Thubten teaches us to not get wrapped up in thoughts of what is or isn't. Our egoic mind loves to play these tricks with us, and Thubten gives us practical approaches to dispel the ego.

"No Self, No Problem" is a quick read and the knowledge contained within is understandable for those of all levels. Thubten teaches that our enlightened mind is already there, it's up to us to awaken that mind though. With clarity and a sense of soft spokedness, Thubten gives us the foundation to work from, it is up to us to put these practices into play.
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