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On Having No Head

Narrated by: Richard Lang
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
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'Reason and imagination and all mental chatter died down... I forgot my name, my humanness, my thingness, all that could be called me or mine. Past and future dropped away... Lighter than air, clearer than glass, altogether released from myself, I was nowhere around.' Thus Douglas Harding describes his first experience of headlessness, or no self. First published in 1961, this is a classic work which conveys the experience that mystics of all times have tried to put words to.

©1961, 2014 The Shollond Trust (P)2017 The Shollond Trust

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  • KO
  • 2020-05-27

Compelling, but needlessy religious & pithy

Richard Lang is an excellent reader, and a great secular teacher of the headless way - if you're looking for a better source for this interesting perspective, look his own work up.

Although the Headless Way was created by Douglas Harding, I think this, his book on it, is needlessly religious - spending more time discussing the implications of god and creation than actually discussing the insights or implications of the first person perspective.

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  • m&m
  • 2019-09-24

Approach this experience honestly, w an open mind.

If you approach this experience honestly and with an open "mind", this will bring you right where you need to go.

I didn't believed what just happened at first. I thought it was a fluke, constructed in my mind if you will, but then Mr. Harding brought me right back there via scientific explication (pathway) and it worked.

In all honesty, be humble with what you find. it's difficult to process what just happened, especially if your ego is lurking.

Also, remember, you can't unlearn what you've learned. Once this pathway is open, it becomes easier and easier to revisit it. It's not easy, but so so worth it.

I ended my travels with a uncontrollable smile and relief. Enjoy!

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Confusing

This is the book difficult to understand. The British Accent Makes it even harder to understand

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  • Litbovely
  • 2019-01-19

Wonderful, secular explanation of Zen ideas

The author describes his Zen experience of emptiness in an astoundingly clear way, given how intrinsically subjective the topic is. He compares it to many similar acccounts in various religions, and manages to clear a lot of the clutter orbiting it.

Writing style is fluid and maintains a comfortably secular viewpoint despite the estoricity and historical mystical baggage of the topic. Even when words like "god" were used, I had no trouble interpreting them in a metaphoric sense - much like Einstein's discussions on hypotethical ultimates of existence.

This helped me understand many Zen and Tao teachings and stories for the first time -- at times to the points of making them seem ridiculously convoluted way of pointing to the same direction! Just listening to the book even took me closest ever to actually experiencing the "void" subjectively. Highly recommended.

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  • Matthew
  • 2018-03-12

Awesome

Great description of the event and process of enlightenment in everyday language and excellent references!

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  • Erik Eierud
  • 2018-04-19

Deeply well written journey into the hearts

Harding not only explain his journey to talk to friends about mysterios gems and how lowly rejected they may get even from the brightest. He also shows what may happen if you trust yourself and take your own steps into the deepest place of the heart. He tells it from the view of the ones that are often happy around us, the view from children and animals.

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  • Tanner
  • 2019-05-08

Experience Void, Experience Causeless Joy

Most clear cut, experiential approach to seeing what One truly is. Language is crystal clear and he even makes sense of a dozen or so mystics and masters who’s advice finally makes sense in the first person present tense.

I practice this method every day, very obvious stuff once it sinks in. Everyone’s birthright is the joy of Being.

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  • Emerson Lim
  • 2020-02-04

Head Blown. Wow.

Intellectual yet humble account of headless ness and Ones journey towards liberation. Complex and simple.

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  • MetaDreaming
  • 2020-01-24

Wonderful!

Narration could be so much better. But a second listening should clear up some of what was obscured by an untrained reader. Nonetheless, powerful content made accessible for the most part. I only wish there were more practical suggestions and instruction.

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  • Elias Rademacher
  • 2020-01-19

Life Changing

I think I will never see the world or myself the same way after having listened to this book.

My meditation up to this point has been about "stilling the pool" as they say, but this book has made me go deeper. Now I'm asking, "wait a second, what's the pool made out of? Is this even a pool?"

Consise, compelling, and charming. I would recommend to anyone interested in Buddhism or any open-minded and philosophical person.

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  • Jose Pepe
  • 2019-05-25

Great, inspiring.

If you’re interested in non-duality, advaita and such, you will enjoy this book. Is a must read/hear in this field of knowledge.

The narration by Richard Lang is nice and clear, specially knowing he’s probably the greatest expert alive on this philosophy -or rather, way of living- from Douglas Harding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-29

Life Changing!

The perspective offered within the work are like none I have ever experienced. They taught me more about myself than any text I have come to know before. Langs narrative performance is undeniably perfection. Coupled with Lang's brilliant delivery, Harding brings to light spiritual extensions of knowledge and perspective based theory that will change the way you view yourself forever-and I can't be more excited for you! I can't wait for you to experience that wonder that is "The Headless Way."

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  • Peter Pajakowski
  • 2020-05-24

Should be required reading

... Especially when people are interested in mindfulness. So much modern woo is self-aggrandizing. This explains first principles of nondualism in elegant simplicity.