Seeing, Knowing, Being: A Guide to Sacred Awakenings

Seeing, Knowing, Being: A Guide to Sacred Awakenings

by John Greer


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Seeing, Knowing, Being: A Guide to Sacred Awakenings by John Greer

Taoist sages and Sufi mystics to Christian contemplatives and contemporary Zen masters know that the real work of self-discovery-and the answer to our suffering, emptiness, and loss of meaning-is learning to see in a different way. Explores the profound truth behind all the world's mystic traditions: Living a spiritual life has nothing to do with fixing ourselves. It is simply a matter of awakening to what we already are.

This artful book traces the steps and stages of the delicate process of awakening in a unique and inspiring way. He also highlights over 100 evocative images and metaphors -- as varied and colorful as the sages themselves -- to kindle imagination and spark intuition-to shift perspective and into an awareness that no amount of explanation can achieve.

When we put aside society's hand-me-down map of the mind, we can go to work, raise a family, take out the garbage and still experience the wonders and oneness of life with deep reverence, gratitude, and joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615521831
Publisher: True Compass Press
Publication date: 02/24/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 989,094
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Greer has taught insight meditation for over a decade and spent 20 years inquiring deeply into the teachings of the world's traditions. He served for 30 years as a professor at the University of Memphis. He has published numerous articles and coauthored several books on education. He was a recipient of the university's highest award for distinguished teaching. He served in Nepal with the Peace Corps and has traveled extensively on six continents. He lives in Memphis.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part One The Exile

1 Duality 21

2 Thought 33

3 Time 45

4 Knowledge 55

5 Self 67

6 Attachment 79

7 Karma 89

8 Suffering 101

9 Meaning 111

Part Two The Return

10 Yearning 123

11 Paths 133

12 Alignment 143

13 Practices 155

14 Non-Doing 169

15 Insight 179

16 Awakening 191

17 Selflessness 203

18 Freedom 215

19 Homecoming 229

Notes 241

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