AWAKENING 101 is a FREE, self-paced online Dharma course arranged in such a way as to assist in easing the Dharma Gate for spiritual explorers, seekers along the path, wanderlings, the simply curious, and others who may be so interested. AWAKENING 101 was orginally thought up, assembled, put together, invented and maintained on a variety of websites by the Wanderling. Because of a number of mitigating circumstances it is no longer available in its original form. HOWEVER, the main aspects of the course are currently being revamped and updated with new pages being composed, links being reconnected, and lost pages being restored. It will just take awhile as there are hundreds of links and pages to sort through.
AWAKENING 101 UPDATE:
Nearly all the pages used in AWAKENING 101 have been edited, rewritten, or updated along with almost all of the links. The links giving trouble are mostly third party links usually related in some fashion to confirmations of my sources. Pages just disappear, change URLs, and some authors, tired of being bothered by people contacting them after running into their pages linked on AWAKENING 101 ask me to stop linking --- inturn requiring me to find alternative sources --- sometimes difficult if a specific quote or a specific author's idea is used in my pages to back-up some thesis or the other I am presenting.
However, so said, my intention is to have AWAKENING 101 back and up and running no later than the end of summer 2012 turned into a big fat NEVER a long time ago.
For those who may be interested in continuing along the path with assist from Awakening 101, and how Enlightenment may or may not come about, it is suggested you go to Google and type in any Buddhist name, word or term or Zen name, word, or term you can think of in any area of concern and type it in along with the word 'wanderling.' By doing so, as the new pages by me related to Awakening 101 are revamped, put under new URLs, or recaptured, you should be able to get the most recent or lost pages. The click through links below will also allow you to reach the most recent pages and updated links.
At this point in time, 2015-2016 onward, the most important of my writings with the most updated links et al, has to do with my revealing of reaching and/or going to the mysterious Himalayan hermitage of Shambhala, otherwise known as Shangri-La or Gyanganj.
Reaching Shambhala is a classic example in Buddhist lore requiring a high state of spiritual attainment. Even though it is said the texts imply flying over the snow covered mountains via spiritual means is the only way, and it has been told by some to be so otherwise, there is still a strong general consensus, and most accurately so, that the only way to Shambhala, implementing the ability to fly or not, is through spiritual powers and spiritual powers only, and not by material means. The quote below the following link can be found by going to:
THE CODE MAKER, THE ZEN MAKER
SHANGRI-LA, SHAMBHALA, GYANGANJ, BUDDHISM AND ZEN
"Many Tibetans insist on the necessity of purifying the mind in order to go to Shambhala. Most forms of meditation used for this purpose tend to cut off, or silence, the habitual thoughts and preconceptions that block the kind of mystic vision, the vision that may actually penetrate into other worlds as solid and as concrete as ours. By clarifying his mind in this way, ridding himself of the mental conditioning that limits his awareness, the traveler to Shambhala may be gaining the ability to see into the fourth dimension and take an actual journey through a strange, but real, landscape of fantastic deserts and mountains that lie parallel to the ones we find on maps of Central Asia."
THE ZEN-MAN FLIES
Let Me Travel Through the Air Like a Winged Bird
SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: The Last American Darshan
Recounting a young boy's nearly instant transformation into the Absolute during his ony darshan with the Maharshi
THE MEETING: An Untold Story of Sri Ramana
Putting into place the super-normal perceptual state called Siddhis in Sanskrit, Sri Ramana meets a former disciple thousands of miles away from the ashrama.
ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT: The Path Unfolds
A seeker along the path writes of things Zen and his spiritual mentor who was neither teacher nor guru, but the real life person W. Somerset Maugham wrote about in "The Razor's Edge."
DOING HARD TIME IN A ZEN MONASTERY
An American Zen adept ends up high in the mountains in an ancient Chinese Zen monastery, faced with stark, unfettered study-practice that harkened back to Bodhidharma, Hui Neng and the Buddha.
Previously known as THE RAZOR'S EDGE: W. Somerset Maugham, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Guy Hague, and Zen. It explores who W. Somerset Maugham's main character Larry Darrell in "The Razor's Edge" was in real life and what happened to him after the novel ended.
An Enlightenment experience in the Zen tradition.
The following question was asked on YAHOO: Answers:
Are there any online Buddhist teachers?
Arjuna Ranatunga, who goes by the screen name Goodfella and working on his Master's Degree in Buddhist Studies in a traditional setting, and a YAHOO: Answers respondent since April 17, 2006, replied:The most famous site with perhaps the most integrity is "Awakening 101", authored by "the Wanderling". I met an Enlightened person who'd used it in His approach / initial studies / on His journey.
It has facilities to ask questions of the Wanderling, too.
Best Wishes in your Quest, Friend,
In the realm of things, Arjuna is no small-potatoes guy. Google his full name and see what comes up.
See also A CHILD OF THE CYBER-SANGHA: Enlightenment From the Internet?
CRITICAL CONCERNS WITH AWAKENING 101
Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the Zen master's. Where
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.
ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT IN A NUTSHELL
ON THE RAZOR'S