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No Self, No Problem is about how to realize the ultimate meaning of life in each moment by dissolving all notions of ego identity. It asks that spiritual seekers wake up to their true nature, which is already enlightened. Based on the Buddhist wisdom tradition, this easy-to-read book discusses in simple but profound and inspiring language how we can live a life full of lov No Self, No Problem is about how to realize the ultimate meaning of life in each moment by dissolving all notions of ego identity. It asks that spiritual seekers wake up to their true nature, which is already enlightened. Based on the Buddhist wisdom tradition, this easy-to-read book discusses in simple but profound and inspiring language how we can live a life full of love, satisfaction, and happiness. Anam Thubten, an accomplished Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher, speaks with clarity, humor, and refreshing honesty as he shares his own spiritual journey. With profound knowledge and insight into the human condition, he illuminates the path to enlightenment for those willing to go to the heart of the matter.


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No Self, No Problem is about how to realize the ultimate meaning of life in each moment by dissolving all notions of ego identity. It asks that spiritual seekers wake up to their true nature, which is already enlightened. Based on the Buddhist wisdom tradition, this easy-to-read book discusses in simple but profound and inspiring language how we can live a life full of lov No Self, No Problem is about how to realize the ultimate meaning of life in each moment by dissolving all notions of ego identity. It asks that spiritual seekers wake up to their true nature, which is already enlightened. Based on the Buddhist wisdom tradition, this easy-to-read book discusses in simple but profound and inspiring language how we can live a life full of love, satisfaction, and happiness. Anam Thubten, an accomplished Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher, speaks with clarity, humor, and refreshing honesty as he shares his own spiritual journey. With profound knowledge and insight into the human condition, he illuminates the path to enlightenment for those willing to go to the heart of the matter.

56 review for No Self No Problem: Awakening to Our True Nature

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Disappointing. While the book is well written and often funny, it comes down to one simple fact: Thubten is merely trading one set of baseless delusions for another. He offers no solid reasoning for this exchange, because there is none. He simply states that we are all enlightened spiritual beings, and he knows this because of his own personal experience, which can no more be validated than it can be falsified. If that's not the definition of a delusion, I don't know what is. To be fair, my own p Disappointing. While the book is well written and often funny, it comes down to one simple fact: Thubten is merely trading one set of baseless delusions for another. He offers no solid reasoning for this exchange, because there is none. He simply states that we are all enlightened spiritual beings, and he knows this because of his own personal experience, which can no more be validated than it can be falsified. If that's not the definition of a delusion, I don't know what is. To be fair, my own philosophical leanings leave me as a strict materialist, so I do subscribe to a more Japanese, Soto school of Zen thought where thoughts of a spirit or soul are just as unnecessary as of self or ego. In that sense, it's perplexing to me to spend ones life killing the ego only to inflate it with the idea of spiritual enlightenment, which is simply a slightly more subtle appeal to ego. To say we're all enlightened, but only a few special individuals know it, replaces one idea of self with another. I gave the book 2 stars because it is well written, and even if I ultimately disagree, it's always good to learn about other points of view. And it's a bonus when you don't lose interest.

  2. 5 out of 5

    D

    We are living in an age when people are disconnected from their true identity and this false perception is validated from every angle. There is the possibility of transcending this identification with our body in each and every moment. Our body is impermanent but our true nature is not. When someone manifests their true nature, they live out of love, kindness and joy. Our true essence goes beyond birth and death. Is it like the sky. In Buddhism, this is no self When your true nature is realized, the We are living in an age when people are disconnected from their true identity and this false perception is validated from every angle. There is the possibility of transcending this identification with our body in each and every moment. Our body is impermanent but our true nature is not. When someone manifests their true nature, they live out of love, kindness and joy. Our true essence goes beyond birth and death. Is it like the sky. In Buddhism, this is no self When your true nature is realized, there is no longer this “I” searching for anything This opening, this receptivity, is related to our ability to resist arming the ego with concepts and ideas. A true spiritual path transcends all concepts and belief systems. It is about deconstructing all our illusions without any mercy. Perhaps our mind is looking for comfort, for validation, for a spiritual high Self-attachment is very subtle. Know that this “I” is fictitious in that it is ready to whither away the moment we stop sustaining it All we have to do is simply pay attention to our breath, allowing ourselves to let go. Then we connect to our inner world. As we begin to rest and pay attention, we begin to see everything clearly. We realize everything we believe is nothing but stories Watching the dissolution of these stories is not painful What is being destroyed is nothing but false identities. They were never real in the first place That gap between each thought is the space where there is no “I” -- that’s it meditation: the art of resting from time to time, ask: What am I searching for? Buddha said: I am beyond coming and going Everything is an illusion The beautiful illusion that is unfolding right now will soon be lost. There is not one single illusion that we can hold on to forever. We are going to lose everything sooner or later. The sense that it will last is only our mind telling us stories. Illusions are unreal. Mental projections. They don’t have any concrete or inherent reality. True realization is knowing that everything is an illusion - the goal of the spiritual path is realizing that. Realization is the heart of inner awakening. Without that there is no freedom. No liberation. Though we think we are transforming, we are just having another spiritual high. The best thing is simply just rest and relax. inner contentment: giving up nothing but attachment contentment is a state of emptiness rather than having everything we have been fantasizing about and longing for When we let go we see that the space we wanted to create is already there. There is a big difference between giving up everything and giving up attachment to everything. that’s the key. We can live a beautiful life Ever when we encounter emergencies, moments of fear, terror, loneliness or desperation, we don’t completely lose our sense of inner serenity. Serenity is always majestic as a mountain. Mountains maintains itself in the face of an earthquake, in the face of a storm, in the face of thunder and lightning. In the same way, we stabilize awareness, regardless of all that is happening outside and within our consciousness. We no longer identify ourselves with conditions. sometimes we are like the weather, our consciousness fluctuating between sorrows and joy. Our mind oscillating between two extremes. There is another state: that of equanimity. This is the divine nature in all of us, sublime as it is. Our true essence is perfectly sublime and divine. The most sacred entity. Our pure consciousness. Nirvana is like a sky completely covered by clouds. Even when we don’t see it, the sky is always there. Always present, eternally. The clouds are just temporary, fleeting phenomena. Eventually they disappear and the sky, which has always been there, will clearly be seen. Whether we believe it or not, we are always in the realm of the truth. The all-pervading reality. Nirvana is the realm of expression of that supreme truth. The purpose of meditation is to awaken the eternal nirvana in the here and now. When we pray, we invoke the spirit of devotion. Devotion is about no longer resisting anything. Self collapses and dissolves in each and every moment. When we meditate, have the attitude to dissolve the self. It’s bliss. Based on awareness. “No self, no problem.” The peaceful warrior is the spiritual hero who conquers inner adversaries by the force of pure consciousness. As long as we build defense mechanisms, transformation is exiled to the realm of improbability. Wearing a spiritual mask, we have no responsibilities. Sooner or later, however, we encounter its limitations. The spiritual path doesn’t fix all our problems, or them get easier. If we hang on to that, we often run into disappointment, which is a huge obstacle to inner awakening. It just requires losing our investment in illusion. Growth can be painful. Be careful what you wish for. Be prepared to run into challenges and difficulties. This includes: doubt, anger, depression, etc. How do we deal with outer conditions? Acceptance Accept the way things are to love everything and everybody. Lack of acceptance is conflict. Conflict is pain. Spiritual illusion. When our hearts are tormented by pain, we don’t have strength to give our heart to anything. Enlightenment is just another name for boundless love. lovingkindness and compassion If our heart is tormented because we cannot accept things the way they are, we cannot open our heart. We cannot let go of our defenses and embrace others. Therefore we need to practice and deepen our awareness, and remind ourselves to accept things as they are. Today my practice is to accept the way things are Today my practice is to love everybody I’m not going to get angry I’m going to be thankful for everything Amazing utter devotion to spiritual practice Just a tiny problem, when you don’t accept it, can completely destroy your inner peace When we accept not just the small, but also the big problems, they become very easy to handle. We can celebrate challenge when they visit us. Look, this is an opportunity to practice how to accept what I don’t like. I can transcend all my fear, all my insecurities. A friend used to say: This is AFOG: another f-cking opportunity to grow. People talk of demons of anger, doubt, loneliness, boredom. These demons are unreal. It’s a state of mind. Your beliefs, thoughts, pain. True meditation is nothing but the art of abiding, without effort. Where you don’t try to get rid of anything. Nondoing. Just observe and watch... like waves rising and going back into the water. They all dissolve. A true spiritual path is about not letting ourselves get lost in life. Not knowing who we are. We usually cling to something about our persona, the roles that we play. The prospect of losing them gives us a shiver. But sooner or later, we lose them all. We never want to admit that we don’t know who we are, so we always pretend that we do. That pretense comes at a very high cost. The price we pay is that we cling to all kinds of false identifications and associations. The skill is to use these identities without becomes attached to them. Who am I? helps us undo all the layers of our persona As human beings we are deeply insecure and don’t know who we truly are This sense that I am separate is the foundation of our sense of self. It is challenging to deconstruct this illusion. Whenever we inquire into the nature of who we really are, we are on the path to true freedom. Anatman or no self = one has seen through the false sense of self. It is just a mask, not the truth. Inner fulfillment is lacking as long as we grab onto this flimsy and fleeting false identity. We are not in touch with our true nature. Buddha’s way is the way of inquiry. Truth can be discovered by inquiry. The ability to inquire is one of the most amazing gifts human beings have. When deep inquiry is not a regular part of our spiritual practice, then we just get stuck with whatever trip we are on. It is about eradicating all concepts about who we are ~ to challenge our usual way of thinking. If we are able to get into deep inquiry, we see all concepts about who we are are fundamentally erroneous. They are forms of lies told to us by others and by ourselves. Most of the time we hardly get a chance to question those lies. Even if we begin to question, we often stop before we finish the process because a part of us really doesn’t want to die. This part is the old version of self. The “I” that believes it is inextricably bound to conditions. It is powerful to inquire to look into our consciousness and see whether we are really living a life that is in harmony with a true spiritual path. If so, treat ourselves kindly. If not, pray. Prayer is powerful and heart opening when we make a true prayer in which our resistance is transcended. We pray to the truth and ask, “May I overcome this delusion. May I transcend this delusion.” When we transcend delusion, we see the nature of truth as well as the nature of illusion. Just trust in what is. What is is always perfect. We are either loved or hated by others. No matter. We are always perfect in what is. True prayer wakes us up from the world of fantasy and brings us in touch with truth in the highest spiritual union, what we call enlightenment. This union is total integration with reality, not some mystical la-la land. When we realized that everything is a fantasy, things change. From the perspective of this truth, we are no longer lost in agony or grief. But when we are not in that mind, when something we were counting on turns out to be a fantasy, we experience disappointment and anger. Just don’t block your consciousness. When we meditate, we realize that not even one phenomenon in life is a concrete reality. Each and every condition is a fantasy. The self is a fantasy, too. Perhaps the worst thing you can say to someone is, “Hey, it’s your fantasy.” It’s easy to be offended when somebody says that. However, that is exactly what the truth is telling us. When we feel like we’re suffering, it’s our fantasy. Yet we allow our mind to become one with the truth that everything is a fantasy. Nothing secret about it. Ego is always looking for security, but security is an illusion. As soon as we encounter a crisis, our sense of security is shattered. But we don’t allow ourselves to remain in a state of unknowing. We latch on to the next thing, whatever promises security. We’re like a monkey jumping off one branch of a tree and immediately jumping onto another. Enlightenment is not security. It is freedom from both security and insecurity. Sooner or later we give up security. This is our assignment. We give up any illusion of security. Youth is sometimes very comforting when we are living in unenlightened realms. But youth is an illusion because it doesn’t last forever. Eventually we all age. Sometimes it’s powerful to visualize ourselves getting older. There’s a whole set of meditation practices where we visualize ourselves being very old, very sick, and eventually dying. We visualize our body being burning in a fire or chopped into tiny pieces and fed to hungry vultures like in Tibet. It is a very powerful visualization in terms of accentuating all unreasonable attachment to youth and being young. And a way to cut through attachment to this quest for security and permanence. Think about security in terms of relationships, between women and men, between groups, countries. These relationships are impermanent. Ultimately, there is no security in relationships. Think about money, success, career. Things are always changing. Everything is appearing and disappearing. Everything in this existence is the miraculous dance of divine truth. The truth is always dancing. It never takes a break. The truth is dancing day and night, eternally from the beginning without any end. Everything is manifested in this dance. The dance is not static. Constantly in motion, appearing and disappearing. Always in motion, changeable, always transient. If we are not ready to accept the truth about this existence, we have a big problem. We have a problem not just with ourselves but with the truth. You know sometimes people say, “I have a problem with my neighbor.” That is nothing compared to having a problem with the truth. People have problems with their car or with the president. That’s okay. Imagine that we have a problem with reality. Now we really have a big problem. If we look carefully into our mind from this perspective, we realize that we have a serious problem with the truth. We do not accept the transient quality of existence. We do not accept it all. Most often we see change as the ultimate state of danger. Ego is constantly trying to escape from accepting and embracing that eternal dancelike transient quality of existence. Ego doesn’t like that dance. Ego loves things that exist and become solid like a rock. Not just a rock but an eternal, unchangeable rock. No changes. everything secure. On the spiritual path, first we inquire. We look and begin to see the very nature of our suffering. Where has suffering originated? Where does suffering come from? Is it from the outside, from physical situations like birth, sickness, old age, and death? Is it from not getting what we want? Or is it generated from within our own consciousness? Through the lens of introspection we come to realize all our suffering originates from unenlightened consciousness. From the fact that we do not accept the nature of existence. [I take issue with this -- some things are structural, and can be changed.] When we realize this war is happening ~ this lack of peace in our mind ~ we fight to maintain a sense of security... distracting our mind through enjoying sensual pleasures, keeping busy, fantasizing about beautiful futures ~ we don’t have to fight so much. We don’t have to try to change or control things. We don’t have to perform this huge feng shui on the universe. We try to rearrange everything -- sun here, moon there... I’m at the center. Eventually we realize the truth: Things are impermanent. Things are not under our control. “This is the truth. Accept it.” The more we meditate the stronger awareness becomes. That’s the power of sincere inquiry. Alignment with truth is inner liberation. Great bliss. freedom from self-imposed prison of ignorance. Become aware of our motives. Wrong motivation often leads to undesired results. What happens if we just let go? Nothing except inner liberation. We have an irrational fear and think we must be in control. This originates from our belief that there is something fundamentally wrong with reality. [and sometimes there is :) like in an abusive situation.] We are always secure and we are already secure. Look at the measure of love and compassion we express in life. If our heart is becoming bitter, angry, arrogant, we create unnecessary separation between ourselves and others, something is not working with our spiritual practice. Good to double-check. When our heart is hardened by judgment and separation, then pray. Pray to the truth. Pray for our heart to be bless and opened. Truth is always residing in us, day and night, in each and every moment. Our heart is the hidden paradise. We find the golden key, and wander endlessly. The land of bliss. When we hide under the shell of ego, afraid the rain will destroy all our illusions, we hide. We don’t have to go anywhere. We are being blessed in each and every moment. All we have to do is come out of that shell. And take a break. Then we experience our true nature: compassion and loving-kindness. Life is very short. Don’t hate anybody. Ask: How am I going to spend my life from here on? Nothing to gain, nothing to lose. No enemies, no friends. No “I” All that matters is to live from compassion, awareness, wisdom. Then we live in bliss. Love is our ability to see everybody as divine. Love is devotion. Total acceptance of all things. As human beings, we are truth, love and beauty. When we are free from inner conditioning and awakened, we see we are all utterly divine. Two realms we can reside in: Nirvana - enlightenment or Samsara - unenlightened world The most liberating awareness to experience is that “I” is a lie. Our true nature is perfect. It doesn’t have to improve; never needs to be changed. This is the moment to let go of doubt and fear. Fall in love with truth, that eternal freedom Prayer is surrendering the self. dissolution of our imaginary self. meditating is a little challenging in the beginning b/c it is challenging to pause everything our mind is trained and habituated to do something, construct this world of illusion. meditation is pausing. stop rolling that snowball. When we look into consciousness, we find lots of old buddies. There’s hatred: Hey, it’s good to see you again. Hello, pride, good to see you, too. Fear, guilt. Relax, don’t worry, I am waiting for you. Surrender to wisdom. Who are you? I am awake. Our true nature is a beautiful, kind lover who wants to be with us. But we have turned down that invitation out of fear of opening our heart. Even at this moment, our divine nature is inviting us to be one with it. Realize who we are. WItness this amazing union right now. Just stop searching. Then we’ll witness the union right where we are. It’s meditation without meditation. We don’t need new illusions. It’s painful to lose things. We have great memories attached to them For these reasons, dissolving illusions can be very painful. Dogma may bind us to more dualism. Serving some wird authority. What is transcendent wisdom? Direct experience. Momentary. A realization of losing everything ~ not in a painful way Sometimes it’s good to lose everything. Liberating You have to be a little crazy to love the truth. It’s a beautiful love. It doesn’t make sense to the rest of the mind. It’s pretty challenging to open your heart and love the truth. No mental image you can hold on to. Neither existence nor nonexistence. It’s beyond everything. Beyond all labels. Buddhists call this: Suchness to describe this highest truth. To love the truth is to love suchness, to love what is. Suchness or emptiness goes beyond mental images and therefore you have to be a little bit or sometimes very crazy to love suchness. To have to be crazy to love emptiness because it’s totally irrational. It doesn’t give us anything. Emptiness doesn’t give us anything. It is just suchness. It is just what is. The most beautiful love that we can experience is to be in love with truth. It is challenging. It is easier to be in love with mental images or concepts. Wisdom sees the way things are. Like a person walking with eyes wide open. All we lose is all our misery. We find inexpressible bliss within. Our heart and mind are united in a realm of boundless compassion and fierce intelligence. We live having fun every day. Vast as the sky. Nothing confines us. We’re not tied up in all sorts of beliefs from realizing the realm of supreme perfection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    If you meditate or like to sit quietly as a Buddhist practitioner or in any faith, this book is a game changer. It's deepened my understanding of the truth, opened my eyes up to what life is all about. I have a deeper understanding of "what is" in the sweet space between our thoughts. Just within the week or two of reading this, I've opened up a better relationship between the mind, body, and emotional connection. I love my new found practice of allowing my self "to accept everything". I highly If you meditate or like to sit quietly as a Buddhist practitioner or in any faith, this book is a game changer. It's deepened my understanding of the truth, opened my eyes up to what life is all about. I have a deeper understanding of "what is" in the sweet space between our thoughts. Just within the week or two of reading this, I've opened up a better relationship between the mind, body, and emotional connection. I love my new found practice of allowing my self "to accept everything". I highly recommend this book by such an intelligent and loving teacher.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Thornton

    I am non-attached to this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kavitha

    Finished listening to this beautiful book yesterday. I savored every line of it. Here’s a summary of my key learnings from this book: When you let go of the concept of “I” (I am good or I am bad or I am intelligent or something else), then and only then are we on the path to discovering the real truth. Ego is the cause of many problems in our lives so it makes sense to me that letting go of ego is the path to inner peace. The highest form of prayer involves a true offering of thoughts. When we of Finished listening to this beautiful book yesterday. I savored every line of it. Here’s a summary of my key learnings from this book: When you let go of the concept of “I” (I am good or I am bad or I am intelligent or something else), then and only then are we on the path to discovering the real truth. Ego is the cause of many problems in our lives so it makes sense to me that letting go of ego is the path to inner peace. The highest form of prayer involves a true offering of thoughts. When we offer our thoughts whole heartedly then we get rid of the layers of conditioning and beliefs accumulated in our minds and get in touch with our true nature. Worship the divine inside you which is your true nature. Your true nature is always compassionate, loving, accepting and happy. Karma is nothing but thoughts. Samsara is nothing but thoughts. By being aware of your thoughts and sitting with them without reacting one can break the cycle of karma. Aspire to meditate 108 times in a day. If that is hard to accomplish start with 2 times a day and build it up slowly. The point is to pause and reflect constantly in our daily lives. Spiritual highs can be attained by visiting a place of worship or performing rituals, etc. but they come and go, they don’t last forever. Transcendant Wisdom (prajna paramita) can only by obtained by getting rid of all illusions. Being in a spiritual path involves inquiring within on a regular basis. It means not accepting anything without true inquiry into our consciousness. It is liberating. It is enlightening. I already started listening to Anam Thubten’s “Magic of Awareness”. I got it for $1.99 on Audible. I will read every book that this man has ever written because my heart leaps with joy when I listen to his teachings.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tom Quinn

    This is not a step-by-step guide to enlightenment but a plainly worded, sweetly spoken unveiling of truths. In the spirit of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" this book is a wonderful summation of Buddhist principles, a fantastic introduction and starting place for new practitioners and a great refresher for devotees looking for a new perspective or a retelling of lessons. Some reviewers have disagreed with the philosophy, but even if you think it false it's still interesting to examine an opposing view This is not a step-by-step guide to enlightenment but a plainly worded, sweetly spoken unveiling of truths. In the spirit of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" this book is a wonderful summation of Buddhist principles, a fantastic introduction and starting place for new practitioners and a great refresher for devotees looking for a new perspective or a retelling of lessons. Some reviewers have disagreed with the philosophy, but even if you think it false it's still interesting to examine an opposing view point. I found myself racing through this book, guzzling pages like a thirsty man given a fresh glass of water. I had to consciously slow down and stop to reflect after each chapter, I was so excited to move ahead. And that, I have to say, is an indicator of a 5 star book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Simply brilliant! Direct, clear, open...this book is a straightforward series of short lectures on what the core tasks are for becoming an enlightened being. They are simple but, as we all know not so easy because of the beliefs we have about ourselves and the world around us. No fancy rituals here, just working with the foundation of our problems, our habitual mind.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Ego is a separate sense of self, in conceptual form. An idea detached from reality. Attachment or identification with objects sustains ego’s existence and re-emerging sense of self. The mental world is the source of duality, the enfolded concept-object. Our search for a sense of security is our most significant form of neurosis. All desires for security are understandably illusory, as the only permanence in life is truth. Thoughts are the ultimate source of propaganda because they reshape and co Ego is a separate sense of self, in conceptual form. An idea detached from reality. Attachment or identification with objects sustains ego’s existence and re-emerging sense of self. The mental world is the source of duality, the enfolded concept-object. Our search for a sense of security is our most significant form of neurosis. All desires for security are understandably illusory, as the only permanence in life is truth. Thoughts are the ultimate source of propaganda because they reshape and color all personal experiences. Without challenge or change, nothing happens in consciousness. Ego neurons continuously sustain the sense of ego, like a virus fighting to sustain itself through perpetual external and internal reinforcement.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ravi Raman

    Like many books that seem to be compiled based on transcriptions of talks as opposed to being created originally in written form, this is a wonderful book but is repetitive and a bit disjointed. This is a quick read, and a wonderful exploration of Buddhist concepts and how to attain a more calm state of being that is connected to our natural state. It does not have many to-dos or actions (aside from espousing the virtues of meditation), instead discusses the various hindrances and also truths re Like many books that seem to be compiled based on transcriptions of talks as opposed to being created originally in written form, this is a wonderful book but is repetitive and a bit disjointed. This is a quick read, and a wonderful exploration of Buddhist concepts and how to attain a more calm state of being that is connected to our natural state. It does not have many to-dos or actions (aside from espousing the virtues of meditation), instead discusses the various hindrances and also truths regarding the quest for enlightenment. Spoiler alert, we are all already enlightened but have forgotten!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Safaya Mann

    Though my lifes journey is to continue towards daily awakening, every time I read this book (slowly, without forcing myself through it) it was the right time, and allowed illusions to fall away. At times it has resulted in extremely painful dissilussionment, at others peaceful awareness, relief and sometimes even humble tears. I bought this book years ago, just before my ego took it's most lethal grip of me, and began to read it again last fall as I emerged from a painful and lethal dose of delu Though my lifes journey is to continue towards daily awakening, every time I read this book (slowly, without forcing myself through it) it was the right time, and allowed illusions to fall away. At times it has resulted in extremely painful dissilussionment, at others peaceful awareness, relief and sometimes even humble tears. I bought this book years ago, just before my ego took it's most lethal grip of me, and began to read it again last fall as I emerged from a painful and lethal dose of delusion. I've finally reached the end and will no doubt find my way back to it throughout my life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    REID NUTTING

    I really love this man! I hate it, (love it), when I finish a chapter, turn the page.......and, the book is done.....I'm done with the book! That, my fellow travellers, is what I call a good book..... Only a few more of this gentle genius's books left.......then, start over!! Happy Trails! Blessed Trails! I really love this man! I hate it, (love it), when I finish a chapter, turn the page.......and, the book is done.....I'm done with the book! That, my fellow travellers, is what I call a good book..... Only a few more of this gentle genius's books left.......then, start over!! Happy Trails! Blessed Trails!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian Wilcox

    As with the other books of Anam, informative and inspirational. Based on oral teaching, a good format for reading a chapter a day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Simplistic in a good way. A good reminder of a pursuit that's easily forgotten and neglected. Simplistic in a good way. A good reminder of a pursuit that's easily forgotten and neglected.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    another way to look at why I shouldn't take the "self" I think I am very seriously. another way to look at why I shouldn't take the "self" I think I am very seriously.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donald Hardy

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    Very inspirationsl

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donny Avery

    Its a bit difficult listening to a book about meditation and spirituality because you don't have the text in front of you. It was a short listen and everything was very clear about the authors intention and I enjoyed the teachings, but I probably will have to listen to it a couple more times to really grasp the knowledge. Spirituality and medication can be complicated and simple at the same time, so I really enjoy it. It's very enlightening. Its a bit difficult listening to a book about meditation and spirituality because you don't have the text in front of you. It was a short listen and everything was very clear about the authors intention and I enjoyed the teachings, but I probably will have to listen to it a couple more times to really grasp the knowledge. Spirituality and medication can be complicated and simple at the same time, so I really enjoy it. It's very enlightening.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adil

    A sweet book in daily language about buddhism, meditation, enlightenment, etc. It is very unpretentious and warm. Most important of all, it gives the right message very explicitly: Awakening is not a complicated business. A good book to read when you've been away from spiritual concerns for a while and want to get in that frame of mind again. I imagine it would also be a good book for younger people (teenagers) due to how accessible the writing is. A sweet book in daily language about buddhism, meditation, enlightenment, etc. It is very unpretentious and warm. Most important of all, it gives the right message very explicitly: Awakening is not a complicated business. A good book to read when you've been away from spiritual concerns for a while and want to get in that frame of mind again. I imagine it would also be a good book for younger people (teenagers) due to how accessible the writing is.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    3 ½ stars maybe. He explained some things more clearly than I've read before. Definitely worth reading. His disdain for theists was pretty unpleasant, though. 3 ½ stars maybe. He explained some things more clearly than I've read before. Definitely worth reading. His disdain for theists was pretty unpleasant, though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul Sheehy

    I'm presently reading this book and find it's very helpful and well-written. I'll be re-reading this as it contains a lot of wisdom and insight. I'm presently reading this book and find it's very helpful and well-written. I'll be re-reading this as it contains a lot of wisdom and insight.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erica Jones

    3.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    A deceptively simple book about Buddhism.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Roberts

    A collection of transcribed talks, with surprisingly little duplication between them. He has a great sense of humor, but it is only rarely revealed. Practical wisdom for living life in happiness.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This book offers some valuable insight although the writing can feel a but too esoteric at times. Overall, I enjoyed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Todd Mayville

    My full review: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/0... My full review: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/0...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I found Anam Thubtens approach very helpful and grounded in simplicity. I appreciate his presence so much :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    MaryAnn Defosses-Baines

    Simple, concise and enlightening. Doesn't drag in unnecessary religious dogma. Great read. Simple, concise and enlightening. Doesn't drag in unnecessary religious dogma. Great read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    An excellent, clear and very readable piece of the dharma. Recommended.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jilles

    Beautiful book that tells about letting go and becoming 'enlightened' without all the Buddhist trappings. Very clear written. One of the better books on the subject. Beautiful book that tells about letting go and becoming 'enlightened' without all the Buddhist trappings. Very clear written. One of the better books on the subject.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anton

  31. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  32. 4 out of 5

    David

  33. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  34. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  35. 5 out of 5

    Seamus Berkeley

  36. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  37. 5 out of 5

    Scott Miles

  38. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  39. 4 out of 5

    Christoffer Lernö

  40. 4 out of 5

    Elie

  41. 4 out of 5

    Harper R

  42. 5 out of 5

    Brad VanAuken

  43. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  44. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  45. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

  46. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  47. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  48. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  49. 5 out of 5

    Biruk Haileye

  50. 4 out of 5

    Karen Gifford

  51. 5 out of 5

    JJ Lehmann

  52. 4 out of 5

    danya

  53. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  54. 4 out of 5

    Sarwar

  55. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

  56. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

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