The Path of Awakening shows us how to wake up to our true nature beyond the mind. More than theory, it is a practical guide that clearly describes the way to spiritual freedom, also traditionally called awakening or enlightenment. Its central message is that awakening is attainable by anyone sincerely and sufficiently dedicated to following the path outlined in its pages.
In The Path of Awakening, we learn that to awaken we must embrace truth on every level of our being. We must not only tell the truth about ourselves at a profound level, but be the Truth beyond what words can tell. If we are deeply committed to finding out what is true, we can be absolutely free, ending our suffering permanently.
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The Path of Awakening is a tremendously useful guide for those interested in liberation from suffering.
This book contains uncompromising truth that can be felt as a welcome shock. I'd say it's the double espresso or punk rock of literature on Awakening, its tone and imagery is fresh, strong and insistent. The writing style is also very much like the experience of sitting zazen; it is powerful and ruthless, yet always fundamentally helpful. The reader is not asked to adopt new beliefs or philosophies, but to question and dismantle every belief.
The Path of Awakening encourages healthy development of the person - the mental, psychological, physical and emotional 'vehicle' - not as an end in itself, but as a means of removing barriers to freedom and thus making awakening more possible. There is a strong emphasis on relating consciously to content (thoughts, feelings, situations, other people), with the underlying understanding that our relationship to the content in our lives is more important than the content itself. Each chapter suggests a practice and builds on the previous chapter to help the person integrate the practices and develop stronger ability to be honest.
Similar to the writings of Eckhart Tolle or The Work of Byron Katie, The Path of Awakening is an expose on the cause of human suffering and a compassionate guide to the way out of suffering based on the author's own direct experience. Although the message is essentially 'Buddhist', familiarity with Buddhism is not necessary or even recommended to the reader. The Path of Awakening is simply for the person who is curious about the possibility of an end to suffering.
The Path of Awakening is the most comprehensive book that I have read on the subject of spiritual awakening. There is not a works cited, which may surprise more academically minded readers. I find that evidence of the author's extensive study and experience can be felt in the heart of his writing. This work has the potential to take you far on a direct route toward deeper practice and does not neglect to provide intellectual understanding along the way.
I highly recommend this book. It works.