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Aubrey Davis

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in Toronto, Canada
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I always loved to read. As a boy I had a passion for myths, bible stories, science fiction and Mad magazine. My neighbor was a writer for CBC. Maybe I caught the writing bug from him. I loved to write funny stories. My Grade six teacher liked them. But my Grade eight teacher hated them. So I stopped writing creatively until I was 42.
In 1970, I traveled across Europe and North Africa and discovered a remarkable collection of traditional Teaching stories by Afghan writer Idries Shah. These bottomless tales puzzled, shocked and delighted me. They helped me see the world and myself in fresh, new ways. They made me think like I’d never thought before.
In 1980, I began to tell them, first to my own children, then at weekly gatherings in Toronto. L

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Sufi Thought and Action by Idries Shah
"As a long-term reader of Idries Shah's books and someone who has been helped by the wisdom in them I couldn't help but wonder, is there anyone else out there who thinks or writes like this author or was he one of a kind, never to be repeated? This..." Read more of this review »
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Wisdom of the Idiots by Idries Shah
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DAY AND NIGHT A scholar said to a Sufi: ‘You Sufis often say that our logical questions are incomprehensible to you. Can you give me an example of what they seem like to you?’ The Sufi said: ‘Here is such an example. I was once travelling by train an ...more
Wisdom of the Idiots by Idries Shah
"This wonderful book is full of tales and teaching-narratives of the 'Idiots' -- the Sufis. It won an award for Best Book during an international exhibition of Sufi books, part of UNESCO World Book Year. It is difficult to do justice to the volume..." Read more of this review »
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Hannibal Fogg and the Supreme Secret of Man by Tahir Shah
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Legendary polymath Hannibal Fogg reaches through time to send his geeky Great-Great-Grandson on a jaw clenching life and death quest for an ancient machine that is critical to the destiny of all humankind. Playful, exotic, magical, this thought-provo ...more
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Neglected Aspects of Sufi Studies by Idries Shah
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Idries Shah’s Neglected Aspects of Sufi Study presents an age old tradition in a fresh, lively and modern way. It uses scientific research, anecdote, Sufi experience and tough-minded common sense to reveal what Sufism is and is not; what’s required t ...more
Neglected Aspects of Sufi Study by Idries Shah
"This short book by Afghan author Idries Shah addresses points that learners in Sufi study may find difficult, because of assumptions about learning. It helps elucidate the roughly 30 books of Sufi study materials published by Shah. "Neglected Aspe..." Read more of this review »
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World Tales by Idries Shah
"An ancient Inca tale is mentioned in Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’, provides the title of a poem by Robert Browning and the plot of Milton’s ‘Comus’. Christian missionaries to Polynesia are astounded when told a story with a striking resemblance to th..." Read more of this review »
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Heartfelt courageous, often disturbing, Tehmina Khan’s tales illuminate and reveal Pakistani people most of us never imagine. Her stories provoked all kinds of thoughts & feelings and, like mirrors, they helped me see them too. Things She Could N ...more
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Uncommon Common Sense

Idries Shah’s eye-popping literary gem sparkles with an uncommon common sense; and pokes and provokes us in unexpected ways. Whether we agree or disagree with the thought-provoking tales, observations and proverbs in his little b
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“Learn to be as analytical about things of which you are credulous as you are of those which you criticise.”
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“I hated the 1960's feminists," she says. "They were dogmatists, you see. In comes ideology, and out goes common sense. This is my experience of life.”
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Jean-daen couch-davidson being a student of tachi for many years, i kinda agree with alan watts about the diff between eastern and western mind, being that the west over anaylizes the mind, also a hindu opinion..being a potter,
and painting..pretty much work in the now...never know when a storm could rearrange your whole town, farm kid, what do we know..this year i am growing tomatoes for my resident groundhog, huge guy...he is picky though, but faster then the wind, did you know that groundhogs have a separate room in their unground castles, purely for toiletry no kiddin...happy now

Jean-daen couch-davidson smellincoly [ edit ]

smellincoly is a folly
that was made before the rose

it is about the nose's eye,
that from a range of smell

does remember from it's well
exactly what took place
the oldest sense they say

i like nose without any clothes
i love the smell of things
like the spring dirt, it could
be worse, so don't hang no
blame on a nose's leg

the diaper from your nanny
or yes, your first bananay

and the taste of tears of
babies blues taste salty
like a kitchen chair

and lick we did toys and
books anything near
all the tastebud in the
tray for the nose
to have some hay

old barn the smell of
the horse, smellincoly
was my choice

apple pie, from silly sal
maybe pickles wrinkled
up our eyes and all the
seas have their own

even plastic

has a yell lipsticks sweet
and barbeced meat frog
ponds and liliac frocks
even a night in the quiet
of a dark blossomed with
smells to the reason's

whiskey glass ink splash
street heat snow knows

and all about the nose

this lovely lovely rose
in the middle of the face
the queen the king

the one who keeps you
clean takes away
the mouth's control, the
eyes of hate yes,

smellincoly has merit

as the sense that has
no nonsense.

Jean-daen couch-davidson i love that whole group of zen and sufi thinkers, where i really feel connected to a sane and wonderful reality, just did some video
viewing for a few months on alan watts, student of the gurdjieff teachings from my youth, so fortunate to have found these writers

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