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In this lucid classic, beloved teacher Ayya Khema introduces the listener 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 hindrances that we all encounter in meditation. Few introductory books are both simple and profound. Being Nobody, Going Nowhere is both.

©2016, 1987 Ayya Khema (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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The only book you will ever need.

This is a straightforward book that gets to the very heart of the meaning of Dharma and why we should practice. You will not find a better more straight talking teacher. Listen and put the teachings into practice and you will find that these are not just empty words.

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Great!

Well written and the narrator delivers in a clear, calm voice. This audio book has helped my meditation practice tremendously.

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Ayya Khema's book

Ayya Khama is a brilliant writer. Most books about Buddhism are difficult for the lay person ,or someone new to Buddhism, to understand. Her way if speaking is clear, concise and interesting. I hope all of her books are soon translated into English.
Thank you.

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A must read for a beginner

Read this book before you start your journey on the path. Clear and concise. An easy read for those beginning their journey into Buddhism

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  • 03-14-18

A “manual” to live a wholesome life

No wonder this book won an award for teaching Buddhism to beginners. This book is not about the religion though, but about our power to choose wisely to love and live and give in this precious life we have been given.

#Buddhism #Compassion #Mindfulness #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Ayya Khema Writes A Classic

This is a very, very, very, good audiobook. It's a must have for any Buddhist, religious, or philosophical library. She clarifies and elucidates some of the most important Buddhist concepts and truths. She says wrote this: The Buddha said, “Whoever sees me, sees Dhamma. Whoever sees Dhamma, sees me.” At this time in the history of humanity, we have no chance of seeing a live Buddha, but it’s not necessary because “Whoever sees Dhamma, sees me.” If you can see the Dhamma in your own heart, you can see the Buddha. Buddha means nothing but enlightenment. It means the awakened one. Once you see Dhamma in your own heart, that is what you will see and that is what you want, isn’t it? Seeing the live Buddha. He is as near to you as your own heart. He couldn’t be any nearer. You don’t have to go anywhere to find him. You don’t have to do anything special to find it. You just have to be mindful and change the unwholesome to the wholesome. Isn’t that simple? But because it is so simple it doesn’t mean that it is easy. It’s hard work, but it’s the kind of work that brings the greatest profit.
I couldn't agree more. Now, you know what you can be. It's up to you. Be well, happy and peaceful.

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Make this one of your first books on studying Budd

she does a wonderful job simplifying the teachings and making it relevant to the listener.

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This is it!!!!

Comprehensive, applicable and I consider the full spectrum of the Buddha’s teaching. “See the Buddha know the Dharma, know the Dharma see the Buddha”

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Clear and Engaging Map for the Buddhist Path

Ayya Khema was one of those unique beings that are able to transform a lifetime of hardship - including escaping Nazi Germany as a child, only to see her family imprisoned by the Imperial Japanese army near the end of WWII - into a journey of love and wisdom. In this audiobook - beautifully read - she offers a clear and concise outline of the Buddha’s teachings and how the modern practitioner can live by them. No matter how long you have been meditating - a day or decades - this book will enrich your practice and your life.

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Comprehensive book on Buddha's teachings

This book is actually a very comprehensive work on Buddha's teachings. I'd recommend this to all who wish to get a grasp on main concepts. While I was listening I caught myself thinking how many concepts are the same in Christianity as well.

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  • John Ex
  • 11-17-21

Best Buddhism book I’ve heard

Wasn’t expecting this to be so succinct and well-written, as it was in the ‘included’ range of audiobooks I wouldn’t have normally chosen.

I’ve read at least one hundred books on Buddhism and I found this to be clear, deep and concise ~ no unnecessary vagueness under the umbrella of the ever-knowing never-knowing enigma of Buddhist thought. This is a practical, wise and very useful book.

Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-21

wonderful, clear, simple, well taught

i loved it, listened each chapter at least a couple of times, so simple and well explained, so wise and clear. to me, very deep and necessary. very well read, pleasant voice and pace.

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  • Torren Devine
  • 08-18-21

Brilliant

Such a great listen, I’ve learnt so much. Wonderful. I’ll definitely listen to again very very soon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-21

Perfect!

I really enjoyed reading this i recommend this book to everyone, very easy to understand.

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  • pamela waite
  • 09-22-21

The best book I have ever listened to book.

Absolutely loved this book. So many important points. Going to read it again now.

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  • Rana Bibimazon Customer
  • 12-26-21

very useful 👌

very beautiful book. easy to understand and practice mindfulness in daily life. is recommended 👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-22

Clear and simple Buddha teachings

This book stands out for the clarity, simplicity and practicality of the Buddha teachings. I had a lot of aha moments with it. It is a guide for anyone in the search of truth and happiness that ultimately brings true liberation.

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  • Bennie The Ball
  • 11-28-17

Books great

Books great, nice cover and paper. This is quite flat sounding but it strangely work well, fall asleep sometimes and wake up like 'wtf is going on here?!, who is she?!' quite robotic, you get to like her after a while, Dharma-bot 4000... 😬👍 I want one, follow me!

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  • David M Kellas
  • 07-08-22

Preachy and Annoying

She lost me when the American female compared getting rid of an ants nest the same as being a "killer".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-22

A goldmine provided you aren’t put off by the sections which sound silly or irrelevant.

Excellent book IN PARTS. Most of it, I’d say 80% is great, very very classic logical Buddhist rational, but when it comes to these parables and stories, it’s very off topic and irrelevant because the stories are quite ridiculous. It makes it harder for a Buddhist skeptic or new practitioner to actually get on board with these concepts when you’re talking about 2000 year old stories of parents eating their child. Go into this like you should with any spiritual book, look for the good/useful/positive and just forgive/discard the things you don’t agree with or find useful and practical. No biggie. Overall actually loved listening to this book, I will probably listen to it again at some point as it’s fairly exhaustive when it comes to Buddhist thinking and it’s important to remind yourselves of the various concepts and perspectives for particular instances, which must be embedded through repetitive learning

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  • Tina
  • 01-19-22

Excellent book. A must read!

Ayya Khema is clear and succinct in her presentation of the Buddha's teachings. The book is filled with practical wisdom, great tips for spiritual practice, and cross references to the Buddhist Suttas (scriptures). A must read for anyone interested in Buddhism and particularly for advanced practitioners wanting to take their practice to the next level. Very well performed and easy to listen to.

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  • MickFromOz
  • 10-01-21

very impressive ! will be listening to many more

absolutely awesome Buddhism audiobook !! very impressive and enlightening. Will definitely be listening to again

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  • lilacliping
  • 12-28-18

There are better books out there.

Bhante Gunarantana's Meditation in Plain English is the one book you need to read on meditation.

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  • 09-12-17

Its an insightful book

I recommend this book if you are trying to seek some guidance on what kind of mindset you should have. The mindfulness state of mind necessary to set the tone and platform to meditate.
This book utilizes a lot of real daily life examples to help readers understand. I have benefitted a lot from the book and couldn't recommend it enough.