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The Book Of Not-knowing

Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness
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North Atlantic
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January, 2010
ISBN:
9781556438578
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$29.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Over decades of contemplation and intense personal inquiry, Peter Ralston discovered a curious and paradoxical fact: that true awareness arises from a state of not-knowing. Even the most sincere investigation of self and spirit, he says, is often sabotaged by our tendency to grab too quickly for answers and ideas as we retreat to the safety of the known. This “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Awareness” provides helpful guideposts along an experiential journey for those Western minds predisposed to wandering off to old habits, cherished presumptions, and a stubbornly solid sense of self. With ease and clarity Ralston teaches readers how to become aware of the background patterns that they are usually too busy, stressed, or distracted to notice. The Book of Not Knowing points out the ways people get stuck in their lives and offers readers a way to make fresh choices about every aspect of their lives, from a place of awareness instead of autopilot. It pushes us to explore the mechanisms that make up mind and perception, and leads us to discover the true nature of our own being—”beyond belief, hearsay, or conjecture.”

Taking on the work in this book means a real and personal commitment to experience the truth of your own being, and reality, whatever that may turn out to be… What’s needed is a new kind of “communication” and “listening,” so please keep that in mind as you read…

This book contains real issues about human existence. It has been painstakingly crafted to help you transform your life from the ground up… This book is about penetrating to the very source and nature of the human condition. In other words, it is about you.

In 1975, Peter Ralston founded Cheng Hsin, a dogma-free approach to using direct experience in body/mind training, and two years later opened The Cheng Hsin School of Internal Martial Arts. He is also author of Zen Body-Being and Cheng Hsin: Principles of Effortless Power.

Publisher’s Description: 

Over decades of martial arts and meditation practice, Peter Ralston discovered a curious and paradoxical fact: that true awareness arises from a state of not-knowing. Even the most sincere investigation of self and spirit, he says, is often sabotaged by our tendency to grab too quickly for answers and ideas as we retreat to the safety of the known. This "Hitchhiker’s Guide to Awareness" provides helpful guideposts along an experiential journey for those Western minds predisposed to wandering off to old habits, cherished presumptions, and a stubbornly solid sense of self. With ease and clarity Ralston teaches readers how to become aware of the background patterns that they are usually too busy, stressed, or distracted to notice. The Book of Not Knowing points out the ways people get stuck in their lives and offers readers a way to make fresh choices about every aspect of their lives, from a place of awareness instead of autopilot.

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