Ask the Awakened: The Negative Way

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The author shares his deep understanding of Taosim—specifically the texts attribued the Heart, Diamond and Lankavatara sutras; and attributed to Cahn Buddhism as taught by Hui Neng, Huang Po, Hui Hai, rct.

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Overview

The author shares his deep understanding of Taosim—specifically the texts attribued the Heart, Diamond and Lankavatara sutras; and attributed to Cahn Buddhism as taught by Hui Neng, Huang Po, Hui Hai, rct.

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First written in the mid-twentieth century by the anonymous Buddhist scholar Wei Wu Wei, Ask The Awakened: The Negative Way is a unique spiritual reinterpretation of ancient texts, incorporating Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and the teachings of Ramana Maharshi among other sources into a unique, powerful testimony that forces careful self-examination on the reader's part. Enthusiastically recommended reading for students of Buddhism, Taoism, and Eastern Spirituality, Ask The Awakened is a profound and deeply moving work of true insight such as "We do not possess an 'ego.' We are possessed by the idea of one."
–Midwest Book Review; April 1, 2002

I feel the best contribution I could make on the occasion of this very welcome reprint of Ask the Awakened is to help new Wei Wu Wei readers with some tips that, from my experience, may be helpful on how to approach this book and find the wonderful treasure that awaits them. Somewhat like a mythological elfin city, it may at first look rather unlikely from the outside, but once you have entered you realize you are in a wondrous place. Wei Wu Wei was, along with Douglas Harding, Robert Linssen, Paul Reps and a few others, a trailblazer when it comes to creating a wholly Western approach to this ancient insight unencumbered with unnecessary cultural artifices.
--from the foreword by Galen Sharp

Midwest Book Review
First written in the mid-twentieth century by the anonymous Buddhist scholar Wei Wu Wei, Ask The Awakened: The Negative Way is a unique spiritual reinterpretation of ancient texts, incorporating Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and the teachings of Ramana Maharshi among other sources into a unique, powerful testimony that forces careful self-examination on the reader's part. Enthusiastically recommended reading for students of Buddhism, Taoism, and Eastern Spirituality, Ask The Awakened is a profound and deeply moving work of true insight such as 'We do not possess an 'ego.' We are possessed by the idea of one.'
Galen Sharp
I feel the best contribution I could make on the occasion of this very welcome reprint of Ask the Awakened is to help new Wei Wu Wei readers with some tips that, from my experience, may be helpful on how to approach this book and find the wonderful treasure that awaits them. Somewhat like a mythological elfin city, it may at first look rather unlikely from the outside, but once you have entered you realize you are in a wondrous place. Wei Wu Wei was, along with Douglas Harding, Robert Linssen, Paul Reps and a few others, a trailblazer when it comes to creating a wholly Western approach to this ancient insight unencumbered with unnecessary cultural artifices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971078642
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST SENTIE
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    Easily one of the best!

    This book is the single most amazing thing that has happened to my life! It is a book to read over and over again because what you get from it is very different depending on what stage of development you are at when you read it. Regardless of when you read it, it is full of inspiration! If you are searching for a book full of wisdom, look no further. If you are exploring the meaning of the non-dual, look no further. If you are exploring the nature of consciosuness and the subject-object differentiation, look no further. This book would benefit people best if they had a little background on Eastern philosophy. If you are not informed about Eastern philosophy, I would highly recommend the delightfully written book, 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It is an excellent book that explains all of these things starting from a 'Western' perspective but ultimately leading up to an understanding of non-dualism. It is quite amazing also. I truly think that these are perhaps the two best books on this topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2002

    masterpiece

    Most people are probably not ready to read this book (not trying to be arrogant here) or will not see much sense in it. But for serious students of adavita, this book is a jewel. Ramana Maharashi and Nisgardatta Maharaj were the true sages of our time but their written material may not directly appeal to our 'advanced' logical and technological mind. It's just too true to appeal to us. This book, however, does a fabulous job of explaining the unexplainable. Other books that are written for the 'modern' time are by Ramesh Balseker. Read Maharashi's Talks or Maharaj's "I am That' or any books by Wei Wu Wei or Ramesh Balseker if truth is what you are after. Remember the first thing these guys will tell you, however, that your seeking truth is the problem. You ARE the truth. There is nothing to gain or loose. When there is no light or darkness, you are. When there is neither hate nor love (love as known by modern humans), you are. In fact, when there is no dualistic AND non-dualistic worlds, you are. You are during the gaps in your thoughts. You are 'subjectivity' - not a subject neither an object. Anything you think you are, you are not (neti neti). ANY thing that could explain the truth is an illusion. There is no subject that could understand the truth as an object. Everything is a concept (humans, earth, love, nirwana, samsara, liberation, suffering, universe, technology, progress - anything) and concepts are not real. They are illusions. Of course all of the above is a concept and hence unreal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    Master Peace

    Very quieting.

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