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Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path Paperback – June 15, 1987
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"This book is a valuable guide to the path of meditative insight and loving compassion. It is direct, clear, and inspiring." (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness)
"Essential reading for hearts inclined to the path." (DharmaCrafts)
"Few introductory books are both simple and profound. Ayya Khema has achieved both." (North American Board for East-West Dialogue)
"Of special help are the Ayya's simple, grounded instructions to aid us in our everyday lives to develop calmness of mind and insight into our human existence...forthright and resolute guidance for the journey." (Karuna: A Journal of Buddhist Meditation)
"I just finished reading Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, and I just wanted to tell you how much it has helped me feel grounded in regards to my search on the spiritual path. Her manner of writing is so clear and meaningful and easy to grasp. These are the kinds of books that I like to underline, ear flap, and carry with me everywhere for continual support and inspiration. This is the first book I read on Buddhism, and in 31 years I finally feel like 'I'm home.' What an incredible feeling to finally have all of my 'inklings' and intuitive moments come together and make complete sense regarding life!" (From an unsolicited reader email)
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teachings of Buddhism. It is very clear and requires no
previous exposure to Buddhism. Yet the teachings presented
in this book are very deep, very profound. I would
strongly recommend this to anyone looking for an
introduction to the teachings of the Buddha.
Meditation is not just merely sitting on a pillow and chanting, it is a skill that is learned and brought forward to our thinking and speaking. She so eloquently words this process of how it flows into our daily lives as mindfulness of everything around us. We so often look at a landfill of details that really are of no consequence to the quality of our lives whatsoever. We can learn to be the inertia of wholesomeness and peace that will automatically radiate to all living things around us with skill!!
I would recommend this book to the most enlightened of people, to those in a recovery process, and also to those who are balancing life in and out of a mental (depressive)condition. Seriously, I believe not only what she was teaching, but how she taught it could actually alleviate the need for all of these medication that are being prescribed because of our run-away, chaotic world and in turn our seemingly unmanageable, stressful lives.
I DO not like the term "New Age" here. The teachings of Buddha are anything but.
Ayya Khema's book is a summary of lessons at a Bhuddist retreat in Sri Lanka, but it reads like an overview of the most important Bhuddist teachings in one volume.
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Beautifully presented! Using everyday language, Ayya Khema frames the Buddha's Noble 8-fold Path in a way that is essential for a beginner and deeply meaningful to someone like... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Marcia Beloved
There are some great pearls of wisdom in this book. However, it lacks the cohesive composition of a book, and come off more like a series of speeches (which I believe it may be). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip Wire
This book is such a great introduction to the Buddha. After reading it through once and underlining all over the place I am now outlining the book in order to fully incorporate the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert A. Rice