Fingers Pointing Towards the Moon: Reflections of a Pilgrim on the Way

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Fingers Pointing towards the Moon was the first of what would be a series of extraordinary spiritual manifestos written by the anonymous Wei Wu Wei. Like a master instructing every reader who has the dedication to read this book, the author's direct and unrelenting perspective gives Fingers Pointing to the Moon its status as one of Zen Buddhism's essential classics. The depth of understanding evidenced by Wei Wu Wei places him with Paul Reps, Alan Watts, and Philip Kapleau as ...
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Overview

Fingers Pointing towards the Moon was the first of what would be a series of extraordinary spiritual manifestos written by the anonymous Wei Wu Wei. Like a master instructing every reader who has the dedication to read this book, the author's direct and unrelenting perspective gives Fingers Pointing to the Moon its status as one of Zen Buddhism's essential classics. The depth of understanding evidenced by Wei Wu Wei places him with Paul Reps, Alan Watts, and Philip Kapleau as one of the earliest and most profound interpreters of Zen.

In the preface, he explains why he has chosen to write under a pseudonym. Is not a name essentially the name of an ego? he asks. But the Self, the Principal, the I-Reality has no name. The builders of the Taj Mahal and of a hundred cathedral symphonies knew this and remained nameless, he points out. If the reader does not understand this, he should give the bok to a pilgrim on the Way. Why? Because it would have helped the pilgrim who compiled it if it had been given to him, and that is why he compiled it, and why he presumes to offer it to other pilgrims.

Despite his anonymity, we do know a bit about the author who called himself Wei Wu Wei. He was born in 1895 into a well-established Irish family, was raised on an estate outside Cambridge, England, and received a thorough education, including studies at Oxford University. He was a major influence on many noted dramatists, poets and dancers of the day, including the founder of the Royal Ballet, who was his cousin.

The assistance he offers to pilgrims like himself includes an explanation of time and space from the point of view of the eternal and infinite. Science is built on the arbitrary assumption that the universe exists in Time and Space. We are aware of only the aspects of the universe that our senses inform us about, he says, and we should not presume that we perceive all that there is. Furthermore, much that we think to be true, is not. “Nine-tenths of the ideas which occupy our thoughts, which are the subjects of our conversations, discussions, discourses, public and private, have no existence in Reality.

He also discusses prosperity, work and play, health, dreams, personality, and spiritual practice--all considered in the context of ultimate reality. Throughout this book, the author’s finger points constantly to the moon of understanding. Reading his words, one feels the winds of eternity at one’s back, propelling the mind towards Truth. This is a book to be read and reread, in hopes that its message connects with, and is absorbed by, the reader’s own latent understanding.

This new edition has a foreword by Ramesh Balsekar, author of The Ultimate Understanding, and a student of Wei Wu Wei’s books.

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I cannot describe the innumerable intellectual frustrations I went through between Nisargadatta Maharaj and Wei Wu Wei. I repeatedly felt that the two of them had ganged up to have a private joke of their own at my expense. It was indeed a gang-up but, as I realized some time later, it was to bring about a sudden awakening in this body-mind mechanism called Ramesh.
--From the Foreword by Ramesh Balsekar, author of The Ultimate Understanding
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591810100
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 982,354
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface xi
1. Reality and Manifestation 1
2. Time and Space 4
3. Reality and Manifestation II 12
4. Time and Space II 15
5. Work and Play 15
6. Reality and Manifestation III 17
7. Time and Space III 18
8. Physics and Metaphysics 21
9. Work and Play II 22
10. Physics and Metaphysics II 23
11. Time and Space IV 28
12. Physics and Metaphysics III 31
13. Reality and Manifestation IV 32
14. Work and Play III 41
15. Reality and Manifestation V 44
16. Physics and Metaphysics IV 48
17. Time and Space V 50
18. Reality and Manifestation VI 51
19. Time and Space VI 63
20. Work and Play IV 65
21. Reality and Manifestation VII 67
22. The Ego 67
23. Physics and Metaphysics V 71
24. Reality and Manifestation VIII 76
25. Physics and Metaphysics VI 79
26. Time and Space VII 81
27. Physics and Metaphysics VII 82
28. Reality and Manifestation IX 85
29. Physics and Metaphysics VIII 87
30. Reality and Manifestation X 93
31. Work and Play V 97
32. Time and Space VIII 98
33. Reality and Manifestation XI 99
34. Time and Space IX 100
35. The Ego II 101
36. Brief Causeries 102
37. Brief Causeries II 103
38. Brief Causeries III 105
39. Brief Causeries IV 106
40. Physics and Metaphysics IX 108
41. Brief Causeries V 111
42. Work and Play VI 113
43. Reality and Manifestation XII 115
44. Work and Play VII 117
45. Reality and Manifestation XIII 118
46. Work and Play VIII 120
47. Physics and Metaphysics X 121
48. Reality and Manifestation XIV 124
49. Physics and Metaphysics XI 126
50. Work and Play IX 129
51. Time and Space X 137
52. Work and Play X 139
53. Time and Space XI 140
54. Work and Play XI 145
55. Reality and Manifestation XV 146
56. Time and Space XII 148
57. Work and Play XII 149
58. Reality and Manifestation XVI 150
59. Time and Space XIII 152
60. Vale 153
Colophon 155
Index 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    Describe reality how you see fit.

    Were Wei Wu Wei alive and well today, he would find himself right at home amid a postmodern world operating through a lens of absurdist thought. To anyone who struggles with the ideas of self, supercontexts, or superegos, Wei Wu Wei cuts to the very core of the notions of our perceptions and realities. Beyond what could be seen as a series of arguments that are uniquely Buddhist, the reader is left with a description of reality that is uniquely their own. This book is, ultimately, a biography-- yours. Highly recommended.

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