Why Lazarus Laughed: The Essential Doctrine, Zen--Advaita--Tantra

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This is the second book written by Wei Wu Wei in a collection of what are now considered spiritual classics in the area of Zen Buddhism, Advaita, and Taoism. Why Lazarus Laughed is a powerfully written book of aphorisms, meditations, and startling ruminations on the nature of time, consciousness, freedom, enlightenment, duality, and free will. Wei Wu Wei described his books as reflections of the moon in a puddle because he does not set himself apart from any other, does not profess to be a teacher, and does not ...
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Overview

This is the second book written by Wei Wu Wei in a collection of what are now considered spiritual classics in the area of Zen Buddhism, Advaita, and Taoism. Why Lazarus Laughed is a powerfully written book of aphorisms, meditations, and startling ruminations on the nature of time, consciousness, freedom, enlightenment, duality, and free will. Wei Wu Wei described his books as reflections of the moon in a puddle because he does not set himself apart from any other, does not profess to be a teacher, and does not claim to have the last word on spiritual truth. His modest assessment of how well he succeeds at his task would most certainly be disputed by his many enthusiastic readers: Essential understanding might have found its way into occasional pages. Indeeed, profound insight seems to leap from every sentence.

Play your part in the comedy, but don't identify yourself with your role! says Wei Wu Wei, and he follows his own advice. He writes his works anonymously and uses his iconoclastic humor to drive home his points. Those who discover his books feel they have found a secret teaching that brilliantly delivers the purest truth. He has become a sort of underground spiritual favorite whose fans anxiously await each reissued book.

As the subtitle states, Why Lazarus Laughed explicates the essential doctrine shared by the traditions of Zen Buddhism, Advaita, and Tantra. The author is not interested in these traditions as religions, but only in so much as they reflect the moon for us. To read this jewel of a book from the immortal Wei Wu Wei is to enter into the heart and mind of one who possessed a very clear insight into the essence of understanding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591810117
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 461,877
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

The Title of This Book xiii
Preface xv
Prolegomenon xvii
1. Revaluation of Values: Three False Values 1
2. Buddhas for Burning 2
3. Man Is a River 3
4. Time and Movement Are Two Aspects of a Single Phenomenon 3
Portrait of a Gentleman 3
5. Living Backwards 4
6. Policemen Disguising Themselves as Thieves in Order to Catch Themselves 5
Armchair Travelling 6
7. Le Fantoche 6
8. Free-will Versus Determinism 7
9. Free-will - I 8
Free-will - II 8
10. Freedom - I 9
Freedom - II 9
11. Debris - I 10
12. Turning the Other Cheek 11
Poached Eggs (all of us) 11
13. Group Egoism--A Causerie 12
14. Travail 13
Dream Figures. "As Below..." 14
15. The Man in the Moon 14
16. You Must Dig Deep to Bury Your Shadow--A Causerie 15
17. The Reason 16
18. Definitions - I 17
19. The Great Joke 18
20. Definitions of Non-attachment 19
21. Booing the Villain 19
Cock-a-doodle-do 20
The Artichoke--Ecstasis 20
22. Integration 20
23. Debris - II 22
The Eye 23
24. Pure Consciousness 24
Tao 24
25. Transcending Space 25
Dualism Is a Function of Tridimensionality 26
26. Transcending Time 26
27. The Dreamer 27
I27
II29
III30
28. Uncommon-Sense Regarding Reincarnation 31
29. Unicity - I 32
Unicity - II 32
30. Good Morning 33
31. The House of Cards 36
I36
II37
32. Dreams and Reality 38
33. Free-will - III 39
34. La Vida Es Sueno 40
35. The One Freedom 41
36. Unicity - III 43
37. The Bogie 45
38. The Three Known Dimensions Are External: The Fourth Is Within the Mind 47
Free-will - IV 48
39. The Present Includes Past and Future 48
40. The Communication of Knowledge and the Communication of Understanding 49
41. The Spanner 50
42. The Column of Smoke 51
43. Other Aspects of the Dream We Are Living 53
44. To Be or Not To Be 55
45. Kittens in Wool 57
46. Definitions - II 58
47. "L'art Moderne" 59
48. Between Ourselves 60
Questions that Are Not 61
49. Democracy - I 61
Demophily 62
50. Mutt and Jeff 63
51. "Progress" 64
52. Impasse 65
53. The Mind Is a Moon 66
The Day of Pseudo-Glory 67
54. Karma: A Suggestion 67
Free-will - V 68
55. Dualism Is Duodimensional 69
Time 70
56. Debris - III 71
Definitions - III 72
57. Us 72
58. Let It Grow 76
59. The Second Barrier 77
60. Spontaneity - I 79
61. Will - I 80
Will - II 80
Will - III 80
62. Seeking for Satori 80
Spiritual Experience 81
Suchness 81
63. There Is No "I" But I--A Causerie 81
I81
II83
64. Life: A Definition 85
65. The Opposites and Complementaries 85
66. Subject and Object 87
67. Free-will - VI 87
68. What Am I? 88
69. The Fact of the Matter 91
70. Definition of Spontaneity 92
71. The Last Lap 93
72. Enlightenment 95
Spontaneity - II 96
Personalised Deity 96
Transcending Dualism 96
Show A Leg! 96
73. Who Are We?--A Causerie 97
74. Absolutely Us 99
The Old Man in the Corner 99
75. Objects in Duality Are Not Subjects in Duality 100
76. Existing, Not-Existing, or Not Not-Existing? A Somewhat Tedious Discussion 101
77. Reintegrating the Subject 103
78. Sense and Non-Sense 105
79. The Dharma 110
80. Hard Words 114
Evasion 114
81. Metaphysical Analysis of What We Are 115
82. A Trilogy 116
1. Resolving Our Personal Duality - I 116
2. The Process of Release 116
3. Infusion 117
83. The Reason Why - I 118
The Reason Why - II 119
84. Awakening By Means of the Dream Can Only Be Dreaming that We Are Awake 120
85. The Criminal - I 121
86. The Criminal - II 128
87. Street Scene 131
Tinkle-Tinkle 131
88. Resolving Our Personal Duality - II 132
89. Geometrical Representation of Our Multidimensional Reality 134
90. The Term "Enlightenment" 135
91. The Essential Explanation - I 137
92. Do We Know How to Read? 137
93. Is It a Concept? 138
94. Quiddity 139
95. Reverence--A Causerie 141
96. Being 143
Homo Sapiens 143
Karuna-Caritas 143
The Present 144
97. The Possibility of Reincarnation 144
98. I Am, or the Ultimate Subject 145
99. Transcendence--What It Is 147
100. The Wrath of God 147
101. Transcendence or Neutralisation? 149
102. Duality or Dualism? 149
Personal 150
103. The Essential Explanation - II 150
104. Reincarnation: Ultimate Observation 152
105. The Essential Explanation - III: The Big Black Cloud 155
106. Perception and Reality 157
Direct Cognition 157
107. One Half of a Pair--A Causerie 158
108. Democracy - II 162
Ends and Means 162
109. Dusting the Parrot 163
110. Good-bye, Old Man 167
111. Vale 168
Colophon 169
Epilogue
1. Why Lazarus Laughed 171
2. What I Am ... 173
How I Realise What I Am 173
3. I Am Not-I ... 174
4. Questions that Are Not 175
5. The Hansom-cab 177
The Unwanted Host 177
Straight from the Horse's Mouth 178
6. Time and Eternity 178
Who Is Sane? 178
Mind and Matter - I 179
Mind 179
7. Phenomenal Reality or the Reality of Phenomena 179
Faith 180
I Done It 180
8. That We Are 180
9. What "It" Is 182
10. Whole-Mind 183
11. Two Is One 183
12. Karuna: A Reminder 186
13. The Essential Explanation - IV: Reunion of Mind 188
The Essential Explanation - V 188
14. False Premises 188
Obiter Dicta 189
15. Mind and Matter - II: Restatement 190
Diagram of Mind and Matter 192
16. The Mechanism of Psycho-Kinetic Phenomena 192
17. Understanding of Zen: The Key that Is The Way 194
18. Whole-Mind and the Way 197
19. The "Doctrine" of Subjectivity 198
20. The Binocular Aspect of Subjectivity 200
21. Realisation 201
Envoi 205
Index 207
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