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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring Buddhism, 8 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness (Paperback)
This is a difficult book and slightly laboured in parts but quite unique. Its definitely worth staying with because it seeks the truth about how our minds work in building up layer upon layer of concepts of "self-image" which we then take to be real and true. I was having difficulty understanding the Buddhist concept of "not-self". This book is very helpful, but you need patience at the beginning!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Not Knowing, 17 Jan. 2013
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A very clearly written book on a very complex, but extremely interesting, subject. It reminded me a lot of writers such as Sartre and Heideger, but Rawlston writes about the subject almost in a chatty language.
This might have something to do with the fact that he is a martial arts expert (and title holder), and therefore tries very much to communicate with his reader. As opposed to being over-intellectual.
The heart of the book is that the 'self' is a concept, a concept that we make for ourselves. This self-concept then manufactures 'beliefs', which we then over-identify with. These beliefs then ignore 'being' qualities., which are argued to be the only way to being truly authentic.
Therefor how can we know, if the 'self' simply does not exist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book, 30 Aug. 2010
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This book is a very large book and will take many reads and continued practice and contemplation to "transcend" the ego-self to experience awareness as it truely is. Peter Ralston takes the reader on a journey concerning the self-survival of the ego-self and steps to transcend from the ego-self into just being.

This book is not about dogma, specific world views or the various belief systems found throughout the world today. Thus I would recommend this book to any spiritual practitioner of the western and eastern spiritual practices such as christians, Ch'an buddism, hinduism and daoism. Atheistics would also greatly benefit from studying this book. Infact, this book is suitable for any person from any walk of life and persuasion.
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