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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications; 1 edition (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591810191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591810193
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The core of Wei Wu Wei’s understanding is non-doership. -- Ramesh Balsekar

Wei Wu Wei goes right for the root. He takes away everything, and leaves nothing. Then he takes that away. -- Joan Tollifson, author of Bare-Bones Meditation

About the Author

"Wei Wu Wei" was born in 1895 into a well-established Irish family, was raised on an estate outside Cambridge, England, and received a thorough education, including studies at Oxford University. Early in life he pursued an interest in Egyptology, which culminated in 1923 in the publication of two books on ancient Egyptian history and culture.

This was followed by a period of involvement in the arts in Britain in the 20’s and 30’s as a theorist, theatrical producer, creator of radical "dance-dramas," publisher of several related magazines, and author of two related books. He was a major influence on many noted dramatists, poets, and dancers of the day, including his cousin Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet (which in fact had its origins in his own dance troupe at the Cambridge Festival Theatre which he leased from 1926-33).

After he had exhausted his interest in this field, his thoughts turned towards philosophy and metaphysics. This led to a period of travel throughout Asia, including time spent at Sri Ramana Maharshi’s ashram in Tiruvannamalai, India. In 1958, at the age of 63, he saw the first of the Wei Wu Wei titles published. The next 16 years saw the appearance of seven subsequent books, including his final work under the further pseudonym O.O.O. in 1974.

During most of this later period he maintained a residence with his wife in Monaco. He is believed to have known, among others, Lama Anagarika Govinda, Dr. Hubert Benoit, John Blofeld, Douglas Harding, Robert Linssen, Arthur Osborne, Robert Powell, and Dr. D. T. Suzuki. He died in 1986 at the age of 90.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rose on July 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
In giving us his version of the perennial philosophy, the author brings a fresh perspective to conventional notions about time, love, thought, God, friendship, lonliness, and religion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Caraway on January 31, 2008
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Take all of the volumes written about advaita and boil it down to it's essence and wrap it in the clothing of a child's fable and what you get is this book - magnificent!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lm Barbati on February 24, 2010
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The owl (the Mysterious) and the rabbit (the Manifest world) dialogue throughout the book.

Cleverly written and simple in its message(s), this book offers universal messages on how to live in peace. Just don't overthink the printed word.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ray on October 11, 2004
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Inside the cover of this book resides a profound story cloaked in the tale of the rabbit and the owl. For all of those who loved The Tao of Pooh, this too will become a favorite.
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