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The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader [NOOK Book]


since the publication of his first book,
Spectrum of Consciousness,

written when he was twenty-three, Ken Wilber has been ...

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The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader

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since the publication of his first book,
Spectrum of Consciousness,

written when he was twenty-three, Ken Wilber has been identified as the most
comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times. This introductory sampler,
designed to acquaint newcomers with his work, contains brief passages from his
most popular books, ranging over a variety of topics, including levels of
consciousness, mystical experience, meditation practice, death, the perennial
philosophy, and Wilber's integral approach to reality, integrating matter,
body, mind, soul, and spirit. Here is Wilber's writing at its most
reader-friendly, discussing essential ideas of the world's great psychological,
philosophical, and spiritual traditions in language that is lucid, engaging,
and inspirational.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Ken Wilber's work in the psychology of human consciousness is unparalleled."— Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822177
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 609,734
  • File size: 734 KB

Meet the Author

Ken Wilber is the author of over twenty books. He is the founder of Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying integral theory and practice, with outreach through local and online communities such as Integral Education Network, Integral Training, and Integral Spiritual Center.

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Table of Contents

About This Book
The Divine Play 1
The Message of the Mystics 3
What Is Meditation? 5
The Perennial Philosophy 7
The Transpersonal 9
The Nondual Vision 12
Of Physicists and Mystics 16
The Real Self 21
"I-I" 27
Egolessness 31
The Witness Exercise 36
Levels of Consciousness 41
Constant Consciousness 44
The Great Chain of Being 49
Holons and Hierarchy 55
Reality Is Made of Holons 61
The Spectrum of Consciousness 65
The Centaur 73
Healing the Bodymind Split 75
Experiential, Intellectual, and Spiritual 85
The Pre/Trans Fallacy 88
Rationality Means Perspective 92
The Romantic View 95
The Big Three: I, We, and It 101
The Integral Approach 102
Integral Practice 105
Completing the Great Chain 108
Waves and Streams in Consciousness 115
Buddhism and the Stages of Development 123
One Hand Clapping 128
You Are Already Aware 131
One Taste 135
Translation versus Transformation 140
Contemplating Art 144
Was Carl Jung a Mystic? 147
The Real Archetypes 150
Academic Religion 152
The Value of Polemics 153
Sleep, Dreams, and Dreamless Sleep 156
The Meaning of Illness 162
The Moment of Death 170
The Ultimate Spiritual Test 172
Spiritual Unfolding 176
An Ounce of Laughter 185
Just This 186
Books by Ken Wilber: An Annotated List 187
Index 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Inspiring and accessible!

    Ken Wilber has made many inspiring observations about spirituality, philosophy, psychology, politics, history, you name it. His work is very unique in that he attempts to integrate the various theories and research findings in such a wide variety of fields of inquiry as has never been done before. This book is a very good introduction to the basics of this all-encompassing theory. Even though Wilber has lots to say about everything, this book boils it down to the few crucial points necessary to understand the basic framework of his theory. Another writer who integrates some of these ideas excellently at a smaller scale (focusing mostly on psychology and spirituality) is Toru Sato. His book 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' is an amazing one in this regard! I would recommend that book in addition to this one if you are a novice interested in theories that integrate many fields of inquiry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    Once you read it you'll never read anyone else

    Wilber is the most intelligent author i have ever read he gives you the first step but its up to you to go the distance.

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