Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path

Category: Book
Foreword By: Fischer, Zoketsu Norman
By (author): Khema
Subject:  BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation
  PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist
  RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
  RELIGION / Buddhism / Theravada
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Published: June 1987
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.50in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Being Nobody, Going Nowhere is the winner of the Christmas Humphreys Award for Best Introductory Buddhist Book. In this new edition of her classic best-selling book, Ayya Khema gives clear, practical instruction on meditation and techniques for overcoming counterproductive mental habits and beliefs. Through the simple practices detailed here, one can develop deeper insight, a sense of calm well-being, and a greater capacity to love and feel loved on a daily basis. This incredible book also includes an eloquent, sparklingly lucid outline of the Buddhist path that can be understood and enjoyed by everyone.
Review Quote*"This jewel of a book is full of sound, practical advice. Not just highly recommended but essential reading."
Review Quote*"This book is a valuable guide to the path of meditative insight and loving compassion. It is direct, clear, and inspiring."
Review Quote*"Essential reading for hearts inclined to the path."
Review Quote*"Few introductory books are both simple and profound. Ayya Khema has achieved both."
Review Quote*"Of special help are the Ayya's simple, grounded instructions to aid us in our everyday lives to develop calmness of mind and insight into our human existence...forthright and resolute guidance for the journey."
Review Quote*"I just finished reading Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, and I just wanted to tell you how much it has helped me feel grounded in regards to my search on the spiritual path. Her manner of writing is so clear and meaningful and easy to grasp. These are the kinds of books that I like to underline, ear flap, and carry with me everywhere for continual support and inspiration. This is the first book I read on Buddhism, and in 31 years I finally feel like 'I'm home.' What an incredible feeling to finally have all of my 'inklings' and intuitive moments come together and make complete sense regarding life!"
Biographical NoteBorn in Berlin in 1923 to Jewish parents, Ayya Khema was educated in Scotland and China and later emigrated to the United States. The author of twenty-five books, she was ordained as a nun in Sri Lanka in 1979 and established several Buddhist centers, including Wat Buddha Dhamma in Australia, Parapuddua Nun's Island in Sri Lanka, and Buddha Haus in Germany. In 1987 she coordinated the first-ever International Conference of Buddhist Nuns. She passed away in 1997.

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a Zen priest and abbot, a husband, father, poet, and a teacher with wide-ranging interests and passions. Norman retired as abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center in 2000. He continues his involvement with the Center as a senior dharma teacher. In 2000 he founded the Everyday Zen Foundation, a network of Zen (and other) groups and partnerships dedicated to sharing the Zen teaching and practice widely in the world ( He works with conflict resolution professionals, Google engineers, lawyers, caretakers for the dying, and many others to bring meditation practice to bear on the lives we are actually living every day. He continues his active practice of writing dharma books, essays, and, especially, poetry. His most recent collection is Conflict. Norman lives overlooking the sea at Muir Beach, California, with his wife, Kathie, who is a science teacher and scuba diver. They have two grown sons and a grandson.