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Living Nonduality: Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization [Paperback]

Robert Wolfe
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Aug. 2 2009
Self-realization, not self-improvement. Living Nonduality is a practical, no-nonsense exploration of what Oneness means in everyday life. A far-ranging collection of 238 concise chapters covering 444 pages illuminating what it means to live without division-what it means to transcend the conflict-ridden self. Through the lens of self-realization, Robert Wolfe (also the author of The Gospel of Thomas: The Enlightenment Teachings of Jesus) discusses modern and ancient nondual teachers, exploring the enlightenment teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and other sources of inquiry into reality, such as the nondual reality pointed at by modern physics. Not only a passionate and exacting personal reflection on the nondual experience, Living Nonduality is a guide book to the history and contemporary field of nondual enlightenment teachings and the harmony between science and spiritual insights. Read a brief bio of Robert Wolfe, peruse the eBook of Living Nonduality, and read reviews and reader comments at livingnonduality.org.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes - June 7 2012
By Rudy
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Absolutely clear on the Absolute. This book sits perfectly on the nightstand. Can be read like non-dual poetry. Robert Wolfe is a gifted and concise writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living Non-Duality Making IT very clear. Nov. 20 2010
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Being a former book store owner, one has come across many great books.
This is one of them.
The author's clear seeing makes it possible for anyone to "Get the message", of non-duality.
The author states "I had no teacher, so I can attest that one is not necessary".
This one statement, was all that was required to begin an investigation of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All there is May 4 2010
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Really good book on Absolute. Couldn't stop reading. The logic of this book hits the mind and causes it to pause.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Living Nonduality' Oct. 21 2009
By NotClyde - Published on Amazon.com
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I met with Robert Wolfe on two different occasions. We discussed non-duality both times, in what I would characterize as intense conversations. The second time we met, he asked me--as soon as I sat down--`why did you come back?' His implicit, unspoken questions: `what, exactly, are you looking for?' And `why haven't you found it?' It is his way--direct, unvarnished. He focuses on the essential. Nothing else matters.

Wolfe's writing is similarly uncompromising. There is nothing soft about it. At page 80 of Living Nonduality: `Our first responsibility to our self is to arrive at a state of spiritual clarity--permanent, self-evident and unequivocally beyond doubt.' Spiritual clarity is his point--his only point.

Towards that end, Wolfe covers some of the same ground covered by other non-duality teachers. But he does it with unique insight, in the language of our time and culture. For example, at page 19:

`In short, what the teachers are saying is that any object in the universe is--despite our giving it some separative name--a manifestation of the Absolute (or Source). They are also saying that the subject is not an exception to this truth: that everything in the universe is a manifestation of the same singular Source. So, at the level of the most basic reality, the subject--I--and the object--tree--are the same thing: an aspect (although different in appearance) of the Absolute. Thus, if we look beyond the separative names, there is only one universal thing, the Absolute.'

As you can see, Wolfe's core message is classical Advaita--i.e., `not two.' But his context is right now.

At page 133, a questioner states, `My life feels meaningless, repetitious and full of conflict, even after all the years of spiritual search.' Wolfe's response? `Perhaps it's because of all the years of spiritual search.' His are not the words of a man in the `guru business.' He is definitely not encouraging a search for `more.' In fact, the contrary is true.

What does Wolfe want from you? Nothing. What does he want for you? That you should be absolutely, unconditionally free.

If you feel compelled to search, Wolfe's book is an excellent place to start--or finish.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinary work July 22 2010
By S. Schechter - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Wolfe's Living Nonduality is an extraordinary book from any number of standpoints. In addition to its staggering clarity and insight, there is a virtuosity of thought and expression that is extremely rare. I have been reading, and valuing, "spiritual" books for nearly 40 years, and I can't think of another of its kind that so skillfully and eloquently points the way. I have heard the word "majestic" used to describe Nisargadatta's I Am That, a book I have read five times. Having this familiarity, I would say the same word--majestic--surely applies to Mr. Wolfe's Living Nonduality.

I don't want to give the wrong impression, however. For all its grandeur, this book is incredibly accessible. There is an exquisite heart in this work, and a fierce benevolence, that is communicated simply and straightforwardly. Though Mr. Wolfe is unwavering in his presentation, he comes at it so creatively I had a great sense of adventure in approaching each new short section, or "monograph." This adventure was wonderfully unexpected, and inspiring in its own right.

Mr. Wolfe is clearly a grounded being, something I especially appreciated in reading his book. He has a breadth and depth of "worldly" knowledge and experience, and draws on both in his reflections and his replies to inquirers. He is also deeply attentive to and appreciative of nature (see, for example, Where I am Not, p. 20, and Yea, Listen to the Mockingbird, p. 443), and I found these reflections to be some of Mr. Wolfe's loveliest and most inspiring.

There is so much beauty, wisdom and inspiration in Living Nonduality! For anyone drawn to nonduality teachings, this book, and Mr. Wolfe himself, are incredible blessings.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Light From Every Angle Aug. 22 2010
By Dan L. McCann - Published on Amazon.com
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What makes Robert Wolfe's book, Living Nonduality, stand out is that he approaches the subject from so many angles. Sometimes he is Thoreau-esque, touching on the natural world and the place of the individual within it. Many of the monographs cover ordinary matters which can so often consume us. Other times his approach is scientific, or philosophical and, often, he is like a logician, carefully revealing the consequences of his proposition. But from the heart of the nondual message he never wavers.

The book is constructed in such a way that it has no real beginning or end. One can flip it open to any page among the 400+ pages over which it travels and begin reading. It simply doesn't matter. Each monograph has at its heart the same message of nonduality that has been spoken of for centuries. The monograph entitled "Ungrasping" is alone worth the twenty bucks. It is often stated that the absolute is inexplicable, but this monograph gets as about as close as you one can.

In the end, though, what makes this book so special is that Mr. Wolfe is as wonderful with the craft of writing as he is at revealing the true nature of ourselves and the world. He is as clear and clean with both aspects as you will find in a nondual writer. Accessible, profound, and inspiring, I highly recommend it.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Nonduality From A-Z May 19 2010
By Howard A. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers the reader an opportunity to look at a comprehensive collection of life issues from a genuine non-dual perspective. It's an invitation to step inside the head of a human being that is the true embodiment of living nonduality.

I met Robert many years ago in the middle of an intensive spiritual search, and as much as I am skeptical about such things, Robert seems to be one of these people who show up when a person is actually ready to let go of all of the stories that are obstructing a direct experience of nonduality.

Having had the extreme good fortune of spending many an evening in dialogue with Robert exploring many of the issues beautifully articulated in this book, I was extremely pleased to discover that someone had put together this wonderful collection of Robert's writings so that a wider audience could also experience the gift which he unconditionally offers.

If there's a genuine passion for clarity inside you, and you've been reading the likes of J. Krishnamurti for many years and still feel confused, then try this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Banquet Aug. 19 2009
By Judith M. Light - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether you are new to nonduality or have been around the block a few times, this book will not disappoint. Its scope is immense and yet it always leads us home. I particularly like the way it is presented in short chapters that provide natural breaks for contemplation. It can be read sequentially, or in a browsing fashion.

The author is a gifted writer and speaks from his own direct experience, while incorporating the views of sages both past and present. In addition, there are many excerpts from conversations with a variety of seekers. I think that readers will appreciate the manner in which the many facets of the "jewel", which we term nonduality, are displayed. It is truly a spiritual banquet.

Most importantly, this book is the unique expression of one who has completed the search upon which so many of us have embarked, and he is deeply committed to assisting others in the realization of their true nature.

Enjoy!
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