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Standing as Awareness: The Direct Path Revised Edition

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“Greg is known fir offering hands-on assistance with a direct inquiry that savors the reality of our experience. Dissolving belief itself, his radical approach helps you discover the nondual nature of the world, body and mind as one awareness, from bow to stern, leaving no stones unturned. This is Greg's great gift: he's as clear as a bell.”
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About the Author

Dr. Greg Goode is known for a unique combination of penetrating insight, comfort with both Eastern and Western sources, and a down-to-earth sense of humor. He is the author of Standing as Awareness, Nondualism in Western Philosophy and many popular articles. Greg studied psychology at the University of California, and philosophy at the University of Rochester and the Universität zu Köln. He became drawn to self-inquiry initially through the work of Brand Blanshard, George Berkeley, the Chinmaya Mission and Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. Greg's spiritual search came to its sweet conclusion through the Direct-Path influences of Francis Lucille and Sri Atmananda. Greg is a member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association and serves as the technical consultant for their peer-reviewed journal, Philosophical Practice.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality; Revised edition (September 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956309151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956309150
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Goode is the author of highly regarded books in the contemplative spiritual field. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. Greg grew up in multicultural Southern California. He lived in Panama for three years during his service with the U.S. Army, and lived in Germany for a year during graduate school. Greg currently lives in New York City with his wife May.

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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kiloby on November 19, 2009
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As the author of [...], this is one of a handful of modern non-dual books that I do and will recommend to friends or anyone interested in non-duality. Here are a few striking things about this book. There is no dogma in it. There is no absolutism of ideas or fundamentalism here. It never feels as if its being written from the position of someone with authority or from a center of knowledge. It never makes ontological assertions that can't be proven. It invites the investigation of its own words and pointers. That is simply rare! It never makes truth claims or claims about reality that cannot be discovered through direct investigation or present looking. It never gives you a word--such as awareness, consciousness, being, knowing, Oneness, God, Buddha--and leaves you there, as if the word is the final "word." It doesn't make the assertion that the word is the only and right word. This book is directed towards investigation itself. It's very clear and simple in that regard.

This book reveals an awareness of post-modern philosophy. As such, there is an 'awareness in its words' of the slippery nature of views (even views about awareness and non-duality) and of holding tightly to one view as opposed to its opposite. This book never seems like it falls prey to the myth that language mirrors reality. It's more of a discovery into the very question of whether language is delivering truth. This is rare in modern non-dual teachings. There is a sweet interplay between opposites being pointed to in this book as well as a perfect stability as that which is unmovingly aware of both opposites and not separate from them. One field appearing inseparably as "two."

This book uses language while deconstructing it. It uses the intellect as a tool.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Eugene J. Shearn on October 24, 2009
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Dr Greg Goode's book is easy to read, extremely practical and highly intelligent. Unlike most books on nonduality these days, Standing As Awareness doesn't deny the value of thought, words, mind or the world up front. Nor does it leave the objective world standing while negating the psychological self. Instead Standing As Awareness offers a comprehensive "look-see" for yourself, using what Krishna Menon called "higher reason", applied to direct, empirical experience as the way to realize nondual awareness. Standing As Awareness uses experience as the path to nondual awareness with the confidence of knowing awareness is all there is.

Included along with uncomplicated, profound and non-mystical "experiments" are: important cautions about some of the traps of this sort of teaching; addressing the very subtle aspect of dissolving the "higher witness"; the unmistakable parallels of identity between the "I principle" and awareness as well as what this implies; built in sublimation along the way (even of the teaching itself in the end) and the sweetness of "falling in love with awareness". This is followed by a series of insightful one on one dialogues.

Greg's comprehensive nondual chops are obvious and his extensive background in both western philosophy and nondual eastern teachings can save the discriminating seeker loads of time and energy in their "treasure hunt". As Greg points out, "everything is awareness" has almost become a cliche today, but, if anyone would like to explore in an open, bright and visceral way where "everything is awareness" points, Standing As Awareness is a really smart way to go.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Trindle on November 7, 2009
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Don't be deceived by the simplicity and utter succinctness of this wonderful book. Be ready to set aside long-held beliefs, "common sense", and the desire to acquire additional spiritual knowledge. And become ready to have the entire structure, content, and solidity of your world-view dissolved into the simplest of simple awareness.

Added July 24, 2010: Also GET HIS NEW DVD "ILLUMINATION" (from non-duality press). It is enjoyable and effortless to experience this interview-style presentation of the basic principles in the book. It drives points home in a way the written word can't. Even if you have no interest in "spirituality", if you are just a curious observer of life, this DVD will astound you, in its simplicity, and its easily-followed deconstruction of everything most of us take for granted: There is a "me' and the "world" that are solid and independent. "You" are contained in the body. "You" are located somewhere, etc. It is simple and compelling, yet totally unravels the conventional view of reality and the suffering it brings. It will upset your mental apple-cart. The author pulls from Eastern wisdom and from western philosophy, presenting in an easy an entertaining way, clear plain-english insights that would otherwise be inaccessible to most of us.

But this is not philosophy. It is the usage of our own direct experience (unadorned by any second-hand knowledge passd down by culture) to see that conventionlly defined "reality" is pure inference. It does not hold up to our own direct looking. Looking at our direct experience is something culture does not teach, but everyone has the ability to look at their direct experience. It's innate in us. There is nothing to learn. Our own direct experience is closer to us and more accessible than any second-hand knowledge.
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