Wayne Liquorman Book: Acceptance of What IS
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If you are already interested in the Advaita philosophy and somewhat familiar with it, this book is in the "must read" category. I had attended some of Wayne's talks and read some books by Ramesh Balsekar, Wayne's teacher, before buying this book. I am captivated by it. I've read about half of it so far, slowly, joyfully, savoring each idea and the cheerfulness with which Wayne presents it. At first I thought Wayne was irreverent and harsh, but I no longer feel that way. If you are new to this philosophy, this may also be a good book, but Wayne recommended Ramesh Balsekar's "Consciousness Speaks" as an introductory book, and that was a good choice for me. But this book may also work well for a newcomer. It's hard for me to judge that because this philosophy, as simple as it is, is a bit slippery. Just when I think I'm getting it, it tends to slip away. But I am hooked on it, and this book is probably the most accessible discussion of it yet. Highly recommended!!
A Great Book !
This is a great book, and it gets better with time. Its great appeal (and no doubt its main repulsiveness to some) will be that it totally deflates and tosses out the ego-balloon idea that "we are busy performing the right kind of actions that assist our own evolution".
But there's more than that here, or as Wayne said, there's even less. This book adressed the same question Advaita always asks: what remains when all of your favorite beliefs and concepts are deflated and then left by the roadside ?
One of the essential ideas from Advaita and Zen that is injested and then gradually understood is the idea of absolute non-doing. Having soaked in this idea from other writers such as Ramesh Balsekar, Satyam Nadeen, Wei Wu Wei, Tony Packer, and numerous others in the timeless stream of the expression that "consciousness is all there is", I really appreciate Wayne's book because of his humorous and insightful discussion of the many nuances surrounding the belief in personal doing-ship, as shown by the lengthy dialogues with his visitors, many of whom are precariously suspended over the void, holding onto a few remaining threads of belief in their own ideas concerning choice, control, decision-making, etc. The exchanges are very enjoyable to read !
This writing may appeal more to American and European readers, i.e., to 'westerners'. In this way, it feels to me that this book can be seen as 'the other bookend' to Ramesh's writings; its a "western" bookend. In this analogy, Zen and Advaita readers will know what's in between these two bookends.