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Being Nobody Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path [Paperback]

Zoketsu Norman Fischer , Ayya Khema
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (4 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086171198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861711987
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this lucid classic, beloved teacher Ayya Khema introduces the reader to the essence of the Buddhist path. She addresses the how and why of meditation, providing a clear framework for understanding the nature of karma and rebirth, and the entirety of the eightfold path. With specific, practical advice Ayya Khema illuminates the practices of compassion and sympathetic joy, and offers forthright guidance in working with the hinderances that we all encounter in meditation. Few introductory books are both simple and profound. Being Nobody, Going Nowhere is both.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Buddhist practice 10 Nov 1999
By A Customer
I have had a copy of this book for years but my wife borrows it so much I am buying a second copy. While it is not an introductory textbook for those who wish to obtain an overview of the type provided by Walpola Rahula's 'What the Buddha Taught' I know of nothing which explains more clearly the interrelationship between the practice of meditation and the application of Buddhist thought and principles to daily life. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the clarity of spring water 1 May 2004
By A Customer
No wonder this book won the Christmas Humphrey's award. It is suitable for beginners, but also for people who have read, studied and practiced Buddhism for several years. I found her simple, clear explanations so helpful. Time and again I got that "Oh, NOW I understand it" feeling. It is a book that I will read several times, once I get it back from the friends who borrowed it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a wonderful introduction to the basic
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book 17 Jun 2008
By C. Gee
This is a fantastic introduction to the workings of Buddha and how you can integrate buddhism into your daily western living. I found it very clear and very interactive. This is head and shoulders the best read if you want to find the path to happiness and change your life. Im already on my second read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Greshon
This book is similar to Steve Hagen's book on Buddhism. Like Khema, Hagen is also a Westerner and a long-time teacher of Buddhism. Neither book focuses on historical detail, biography, academic aspects of the Buddha's teachings, or the Buddhist universe (though Khema touches on it more than Hagen does). The focus in both is on how to live a Buddhist life.

Khema focuses much more than Hagen on the importance of meditation.

The concept that the reason for acting morally and compasionately in Buddhism is that this will ultimately decrease desire, in both yourself and others (a bizaare-sounding statement taken out of context) is neatly explained here. That desire is the cause of suffering, one of the four Noble Truths, is of course explained in both books. But Khema makes it clearer why the Buddhist should act in a 'moral' way.

Despite this, I do find Hagen's book more lucid, despite his tendency to repeteat himself.
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Using language that everyone can understand Ayya Khema describes the basics of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. Her writing style and the insights she presents strike the reader as unusually authentic and heartfelt. Although Ayya Khema is not well known in the United States, this book clearly places her in the forefront of other, more well-know practitioners. A Buddhist nun for many years, Ayya Khema's writing emerges from years of personal and practical experience. This book should be read by beginners as well as experienced meditators.
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