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From a spiritual master unlike any,
a spiritual masterpiece like no other.

AUTHOR, TEACHER AND SPIRITUAL MASTER Jed McKenna tells it like it's never been told before. A true American original, Jed succeeds where countless others have failed by reducing this highest of attainments — Spiritual Enlightenment — to the simplest of terms.

Effectively demystifying the mystical, Jed astonishes the reader not by adding to the world's collected spiritual wisdom, but by taking the spirituality out of spiritual enlightenment. Never before has this elusive topic been treated in so engaging and accessible a manner.

A masterpiece of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment — and how the rule can be broken.

Spiritual Enlightenment follows Jed through several days and nights in his "accidental ashram" as he answers in simple yet illuminating language the questions and concerns of his spiritually diverse students. Vampires and zombies; airborne adventure; Maya, Goddess of Delusion; and Lara Croft all find their way seamlessly into these pages. The book also contains carefully selected quotations and poems from the world's great masters, as well as original poems by the author.

Says Jed:

The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable.
It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath.
If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be
lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because "the light is better over here."

Mankind has spent ages looking in the light for a coin that awaits us not in light and not in dark, but beyond all opposites. That is the message of this book: Spiritual enlightenment, pure and simple.

1. That Which Cannot Be Simpler
2. Paradox
3. Big Thoughts
4. Placid and Self-Contained
5. Done
6. The Savage Rocks of Eternal Mind
7. Neither Holy nor Wise
8. Heartless
9. Both In and Out of the Game
10. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
11. Kill the Buddha
12. One Truth
13. The Ultimate Truth
14. Refiner’s Fire
15. The Willing Suspension of Disbelief
16. The Harmony of the Spheres
17. Murder Me
18. The Unlocked Cage
19. Codename Beatrice
20. Right Here, Right Now
21. Pasupatastra!
22. Truth-talk in the Dreamstate
23. As Immortal and Fathomless as Myself
24. The Golden Rule
25. The Uncherished Sword
26. Raw Human Things
27. Further
28. Layers
29. Even the Poorest Thing Shines
30. The Origin of All Poems
31. Theater of the Absurd
32. No-Self is True-Self
33. Like a Death Sentence
34. In the Ward of Fevered Minds
35. Die While You’re Alive
36. Why Not
Epilogue

Bibliography

BONUS MATERIAL
A. Recipe for Failure
B. Interview with Jed McKenna
C. The Deficiency of Recorded Accounts
D. Dr. Pillay Interview
E. Impersonating Jed McKenna
F. Blues for Buddha

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