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Doing Nothing: Coming to the End of the Spiritual Search [Hardcover]

Steven Harrison
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12 Oct 1998
This book is for the spiritually inclined who avidly follow practices new therapies, ancient meditations, exotic religions that have not fundamentally changed their lives. Translated into nine languages it is an extraordinary philosophical inquiry that offers a way to touch the truths of life through the simple act of stopping the search: doing nothing.
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  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher/Putnam,US; New Ed edition (12 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874779413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874779417
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,681,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do you do after you've tried everything to find enlightenment? "You are already there," writes Steven Harrison. "Do nothing. Nothing is a surprisingly active place. It is there that we discover who and what we are."

Doing Nothing is for spiritually interested readers who have found themselves avidly following practices that have not fundamentally changed their lives: new therapies, ancient meditations, exotic religions. For twenty-five years, Harrison studied the world's philosophies, seeking out mystics, seers, and magicians all over the world. Then he discovered that "the very grasping for an answer that relieved me of the burden of feeling was the problem. Without the grasping of the seeker, the nature of the problem fundamentallychanges."

A regional bestseller when originally published by a small press, Doing Nothing is a spiritual tour de force. It explores how the path to happiness and the truths of life lies in the simple act of stopping the search: challenging readers to deconstruct their beliefs in the "myth of enlightenment" and in process-oriented spiritual systems.


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not for everyone... 18 Jun 2006
By Charl
Format:Paperback
This book is not for everyone! A funny way to begin a 5 star review you may think. But the sad fact is that people want a guide, a "how to", they want a goal of enlightenment to steer towards. What harrison delivers is the truth instead. There are no ten step plans here, just the unashamed truth that sooner or later the spiritual search must end and you have to step into this moment "as it is" understanding that you know nothing and then the world will simply arise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth re-reading 10 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
When I first read this, a few years ago, I gave up before the end, like another recent reviewer. This was despite finding a lot of value in the book. Re-reading it, it's like I hadn't read it before at all. It's true that the author's style doesn't make for easy comprehension all the time - but on the other hand, he is talking about what's beyond concepts! I can only say, it's worth grappling with his not-quite-ideal prose (the reason for 4 stars - the content is definitely 5 star).
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mind blowing 29 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was hard to think of a title for this review as my "mind" is still reeling having just finished this book. I would thoroughly recommend it. I found it deeply moving and cried in parts. I am very involved in the person-centred movement and this book really spoke to me and echoed many of my feelings about life. Do read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for Buddhists to read. 18 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Steven Harrisons book is important for anyone on a a religious quest. It is especially important for those who are studying Buddhism. The book fits very well with "Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steve Hagen and with "The Meaning of Mind" by Thomas Szasz. (Though I suspect Dr Szasz might object to having his work placed in the Eastern Religions category it is helpful to those who are wrestling with the issue "what is mind".) Mr Harrisons book also fits well with Batchelors "Buddhism Without Beliefs". This book must be read carefully. It's central message (on my interpretation) is the central message of Buddhism; once you abandon the "self" the quest is over. This doesn't mean one can quit the deep spiritual life; it simply means, as Gautama the Buddha is reputed to have said, once you reach the other shore of "enlightenment" you no longer need the raft that took you there. This is a wonderful book. Seekers of all kinds will like it. Buddhists would do well to read it more than once.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read book! 31 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a must read book for anyone who has been involved with spirituality. It is compact, direct and intense. A radical book in its simplicity.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Never since J Krishnamurty have I come across a book so revolutionary in its content. It is indeed a book of mutation, this time on our consciousness. Of course, Steve Harrison's words are sometimes to be read again and again for the reader has to do his work like Feynman's lectures on Physics.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book! 17 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is really quite a fine book. There isn't a wasted word and the message of the book is clear. I was surprised to find this book after nearly giving up on the possibility that there was anything of substance being published in the spirituality genre. I highly recommend Doing Nothing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, thought-provoking work. 25 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
You must read this book if you are searching. This is one of the best works on spirituality that I have ever read; it also took quite a while to get through it as I could only read a small portion before considering how it relates to my life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not really helpful
The book seems to only present ideas, sometimes in a rather poetic and complicated way. It certainly did not bring me into contact with the silence or space that it kept talking... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2007 by Mrs. Mj Sellen
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of question marks?
Don't get me wrong, basically I liked the book and agree with the general thrust of his ideas, though I found the constant Questions sometimes leaving me with a feeling of 'yes,... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book-on-tape but a good discussion by the author
This is not a typical book being read by the author tape, but rather a presentation/discussion by the author of the content of the book DOING NOTHING. Read more
Published on 17 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is wonderful!
This is really quite a fine book. There isn't a wasted word and the message of the book is clear. I was surprised to find this book after nearly giving up on the possibility that... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to the title
This book has an attractive title, and perhaps even an important message. Unfortunately, the author really isn't very articulate at getting it across. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A succinct presentation of timeless wisdom.
I have bookshelves literally overflowing with books written by authors who know about spiritual topics. It has been refreshing to read a book written by an author who knows. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 1999
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