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The Book of No One Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0955829024 ISBN-10: 095582902X

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press (April 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095582902X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955829024
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on July 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
PLAYFUL BOLDNESS:

Richard Sylvester uses language with playful boldness. Look at the titles of his two books: I Hope You Die Soon (originally rejected by Hallmark Cards publishing) and The Book of No One.

The latter is a play on Dennis Waite's The Book of One and firms-up the current stand-off between traditional advaita and neo-advaita.

Traditional advaita, represented by Waite's The Book of One (and many other works), demands practice, association with a sage, and a course of study grounded in scriptures, mainly the Upanishads.

Neo-advaita, or neo-nonduality, is represented by The Book of No One (and many other books), and is a confession, an utterance, a declaration: "This is it." No practice, study, guru, tradition, scripture, or process is necessary for seeing that "this is it."

However, I want to make it clear that the debate between traditional advaita and neo-advaita is not the topic of this book. It is addressed along with many other topics.

OVER 500 QUESTIONS:

Richard addresses at least 500 questions and comments from Everyseeker, Everysearcher:

"Is there any point in being at these talks or is it pointless?"

"Can you speak about how the body is seen through? It seems so strong, this feeling that I'm a person who has a body."

"I feel there have been glimpses of this and I've felt a real fear because of it."

"When everything is seen as unconditional love, is it seen inside me?"

"So if there's nobody there, what's left? What's telling the story?"

"Richard, how do you know you're not kidding yourself?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Schulz on September 2, 2009
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This book has a simply marvelously liberating effect like no other, always accompanied by fine british humor. There are not divagations included, no tempting spiritual ideas and elaborations, no - all this is consequently being erased until freedom alone remains. But there is no guarantee for this also! The chapters' introductions and the following dialogues are permeated by such a delightly flowing style that one cannot help to cheerfully smile or even burst out laughing at nearly every passage. And virtually everywhere along the way, the seed of liberation is being planted through the crust of the apparent person whose means of existence is constantly - oftentimes even rationally absolutely plausible - withdrawn. Hence my suggestion: Buy it. Then you'll clearly and plainly get to see what it is to receive here. That is, nothing and with it everything!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Griever on November 3, 2009
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If there's anything of value in this book I missed it. He just keeps saying there's no individual self and all is oneness. Very nice, but not very useful.

In the introduction to one of Adyashanti's books the reviewer speaks of "live" words and "dead" words, with dead words being those that only affect your head and live words being those from enlightened souls that touch and affect your entire being. I experienced Sylvester's words as quite dead.
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