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The Experience of No-Self: A Contemplative Journey

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Within the traditional framework, the Christian notion of loss-of-self is generally regarded as the transformation or loss of the ego (lower self) as it attains to the higher or true self in its union with God. Thus, because self at its deepest center is a run-on with the divine, I had never found any true self apart from God, for to find the One is to find the other. Beca ...more
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Published March 26th 1993 by State University of New York Press (first published 1982)
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Zachary Flessert
It is no secret to my friends and family my almost-obsession with reading and learning about Buddhism. There's an unlimited joy in lifelong learning, especially when the topic of learning is so profitable in its returns to your quality of life.

Last autumn I read Living Buddha, Living Christ. At the end of this book, Thich Nhat Hanh writes

During the last fifteen years while sharing the Buddha’s Dharma in the West, I always urged my Western friends to go back to their own traditions and rediscove
Andrea Hickman Walker
Oh. Well. This is one of those books. I shall have to read it again, later, to glean more from it. I'm left with a profound sense of something that I can't explain. A peace and certainty that I rarely experience (though it's frequent at the end of a yoga class).

I don't agree with everything that Roberts says, mostly because she's a Christian (presumably Catholic, since Wikipedia tells me she used to be a Carmelite nun) and I am (mostly) atheist. She does not appear to be one of those rabid Chris
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Just as it was not easy to write this book, I found myself standing outside her words/world looking in. I'm not sure I understand all that she wrote for I have not experienced No Self and found it hard to wrap my mind around. She gave me much to think about, hence the 4 star rating. Her writing will probably continue to resonate for years to come and I'm not sure it's meant to ever stop resonating.
Quincy Miller
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This wast second time reading this book. The first time, I rushed through the book overnight to get a decent understanding of her point of view prior to meeting her the next day when she visited Austin, TX. ( I drove 2.5 hours on very little sleep.) I can't say I got everything I could have from that particular state of consciousness I was in, but I can say that something about the relentless energy of her presence/presentation left an indelible mark on my psyche. Now, many years later, so much ...more
Phil Calandra
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Experience of No- Self" is the author's spiritual experiences of "No Self" which she describes as the final stage of the "Contemplative Life". The author states that there has been much written of the initial stages of contemplation which may be described as the integration of the finding of self and the movement toward union with God. This may be called the "Unitive Stage" that most contemplatives including St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa; however, the author describes this stage as o ...more
Jim McGrath
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for contemplatives
Harry Robinson
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an account of the experiences of a Christian contemplative who spent nine years as a cloistered Carmelite nun. She describes in great detail the events leading up to the experience of the disintegration of her sense of personal self. In many ways the story is fantastic and difficult to believe, yet I found her descriptions of the phenomenon she experienced highly credible. The book is unique in the depth and detail it unveils of the entire process she went through. She is articulate, tho ...more
Rhonda Keith
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bernadette Roberts' books are not easy reading but are unique and important to those interested in the path to God. She says her experience goes beyond the unitive state, such as John of the Cross wrote about.
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Very dry book, but very interesting. I've been reading it slowly and carefully marking it up. I'll update the review when I get further into it.
Jul 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Incredible relation of no-mind and its effect on a 'normal' life - the original way to be lost and found - dissolution.
Arthur Hoyle
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A disturbing but challenging account of a former nun's attempt to transcend her ego. Not for the psychologically fragile.
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This is a woman's recollections of her contemplative experience and closer walk with God. It is intense and beautiful.
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