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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908664029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908664020
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,092 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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This book was to the point and very well written.
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Through its structure, you get a clear overview of what this book is about and what it covers.
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The pages of the book reveal this same energetic lightness, humility and love of exploration.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kiloby on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
As the author of Living Realization: Your Present Experience...As It Is, I have a huge bookcase of books about nonduality ranging from teachings from the great masters of the past to the newest, modern approaches on the subject...I've read nothing like it in my life. This book is astoundingly comprehensive in its reach, a deep and endless resource on nondual awareness.

Much has been written about awareness, yet often the practical and very subtle points are conspicuously missing from other texts. Although it is written from the perspective of a particular path ("Direct Path Advaita")

Greg Goode's book is so comprehensive that, after reading it, my mind could not even think of something that was missing. It covers the various dualities we believe we experience such as inside/outside, subjectivity/objectivity, life/death, existence/non-existence and enlightened/unenlightened, to name a few. It also covers the world, the body, the mind, the witness, physical objects, senses, emotions, thoughts, states, positionality, location, identity, containment, choice and doership, time, cause and effect, language, and many other things. It's so thorough that it is helpful to any awareness-styled path. It covers every nook and cranny, every trap, and every angle that I've encountered (and many more that I have not encountered) while meeting with people over the years in the course of my own work in nonduality.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Fred Davis VINE VOICE on March 7, 2012
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JUST AS A DIAMOND is carefully cut and faceted to bring out the full luster and beauty of the gem, so I hope to do here with this review. For let us make no mistake about it, this book is a rare gem, and I suspect that it's just like an heirloom engagement ring: its light gathering powers will far outlast its owner, or in this case, its apparent creator.

THE DIRECT PATH: A USER GUIDE, Greg tells us, could be thought of as "the missing manual" for his other book, Standing as Awareness. We could think of these books as two pillars framing the gate to freedom that is the Direct Path. If you do your part, I assure you these teachings can and will do theirs.

SRI ATMANANDA KRISHNA MENON, the founder of the Direct Path, has told us very clearly: "Time is the generic form of thoughts; space is the generic form of objects." The sooner we come to truly understanding what he's saying there, be it through a passing glimpse, or abiding within it, the happier and freer we'll be. Awakening is by no means a personal event, but don't let that fool you into thinking the hosting body-mind doesn't benefit; it certainly does. Suffering is reduced in all who ever see their true nature, even if that seeing is apparently brief. Suffering is completely eliminated, I hear tell, in a smaller number of others. PERSONAL suffering, I can reliably state, will begin to fade as we close the gap between "what we see and what we be."

"THAT'S GREAT!" YOU MAY SAY. "But just how do I get there?" That's precisely what this book addresses. However, it's not so much moving the "I" over there, so to speak, as it is getting the "I" out of here! That, I would say, is the Direct Path's specialty, but some instruction and experimentation is in order.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2012
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Two disclaimers:

1) This review is based on working only halfway through the book.

2) I work with individual seekers solely by using No Self Direct Pointing methods.

Now that we've got that covered, I'd say that the fastest way to EXPERIENCE unshakable non dual/no self/emptiness realizations is through clear and simple pointers which lead you, seeker, to reflect on your very own everyday world AS IT ACTUALLY IS, not as you have assumed it to be.

If you're honest and willing there is only a single question ever worth looking into: "What is true in my direct experience." Any guide serves only to point to the right questions you must ask *of yourself*, and which you must answer *on your own*. This method leaves no guru, no teacher, and most importantly, no seeker in its wake.

It's immediately obvious from the first chapters that this book leaves no wake. An invaluable tool for those ready to do the necessary work, I suspect it will shortly become one most often discussed and drawn upon within direct pointing groups. I, for one, intend to use and recommend it regularly.

A caveat: Do NOT read this book. Experience every bit of it.

I will be back with an update when finished.

4/13/2012

After finishing the book, the only thing I'd change about this review is to give it 5 rather than 4 stars. That's because each idea Goode presents here is very challenging to convey and yet the exercises and explanations lead the seeker back to the source of "knowing" each time.

Two notes:

Though the introduction says exercises do not have to be done sequentially, I'd strongly recommend it. Each is a chip in the veneer of what we call reality, and one exercises very often builds on another.
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