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    #4077 - Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights ... Many of Stephen Wolinsky s
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      #4077 - Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz
       
      The Nonduality Highlights
      - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights
       
       

       
       
      Many of Stephen Wolinsky's books are available for free download at
       
       
      Here is the beginning of the book The Zen of Advaita-Vedanta Part I: Cracking the Code of the Zen Koan: The Teaching Mastery Of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
       
      Introduction
       
      There is no one
      There is nothing and no one to get
      No one to receive a teaching
      No one to give a teaching
      That being said
      Who hears?
      Who reads?
      Let’s begin
       
      Nisargadatta Maharaj:
      “There is no such thing as
      enlightenment,
      the realization of that fact is
      itself enlightenment.”
       
      Foreword
       
      All spiritual paths are pointers
      at best and become religious
      dogma at worst. Zen, although a
      “clean” form of Buddhism with its
      magnificent Koans which both lure
      and attract the deconstruction
      or de-conditioning of the mind,
      nevertheless carries with it (if
      these Koans are taken as a real
      thing, a real roadmap a real path,
      that will do the job) the same
      traps as any other dogma.
       
      Zen Saying: If you fall in love
      with the road, you will forget the
      destination.
       
      Nisargadatta Maharaj:
      “I do not believe in spiritual
      paths….all paths lead to
      unreality.”
       
      “I” was drawn to Zen in the early
      1970’s with one of their most
      famous Koans, “What is the sound
      of one hand clapping?”
      Although hypnotized by the
      puzzle, I did not “realize” and
      “experience” one of its meanings
      until 1975, (that there is no such
      thing as choice, and that there
      was no purpose). In 1979 “I” spoke
      to Nisargadatta Maharaj about
      this, (that there is no such thing
      as choice, and that there was
      no purpose, and everything just
      happens as it happens) wanting
      to “test my understanding”. He
      replied, “Obviously.”

      The structure of the Koan however
      was not revealed in its entirety
      for almost 20 years.
       
      This book represents several
      things:

      1. A cracking of the code of the
      Zen Koan and appreciating the
      Koan, its “purpose”, “how it
      works”, and “where it leads.”
       
      2. A completion of the queue
      of the mind, with its
      extraordinary capacity to
      deconstruct, without any regard
      from a “me”. In other words it
      just happens.
       
      3. The realization of my beloved
      Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj as the
      ultimate Zen Teaching Master,
      who used Enquiry like a Koan.
       
      4. For the “reader” and “myself”
      the danger of realizing that
      even the magnificent Koan
      is still a thorn to remove
      a thorn. Better said, the
      Koan deconstructs and points,
      but one cannot “nest” in the
      “beyond” or any “experience”
      that arises”, even satori. In
      short, the Zen Koan too, like
      the enquiry process, must go.
       
      5. Finally, this represents
      yet another tribute to Sri
      Nisargadatta Maharaj, who was
      able to pinpoint where the
      imaginary “I” imagined it
      was, and set it free from its
      illusionary existence.

      This book is offered to Maharaj,
      whose Teaching Mastery leaves “me”
      in awe and reverence, even twentynine
      years after his passing.
       
      Jai Gurudev
      Nisargadatta Maharaj Ki Jaya!
       
      Read the whole book and more at
       
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