“Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think,
and of everything you do, is for yourself—and there isn’t one.”
Wei Wu Wei
In his bestselling book No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology Is Catching Up to Buddhism, Professor Chris Niebauer explored the incredible link between Eastern philosophy and recent findings in neuropsychology, which is now confirming a fundamental tenet of Buddhism: anatta, or the doctrine of “no self.”
We are just beginning to understand these parallels and what they mean for the human experience.
Now, Niebauer takes a deeper dive, offering exercises and practices you can do right now to experience the state of “no self” and its benefits. These include being more present, finding inner peace, and seeing the world through the eyes of what Niebauer calls “clear consciousness.” Read this book, do the practices, and begin to disidentify with the false sense of self that is the root cause of almost all the anxiety, depression, and fear we experience as human beings.
Chris Niebauer earned his PhD in cognitive neuropsychology at the University of Toledo, specializing in the differences between the left and right sides of the human brain. He is a former professor at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, where he taught courses on consciousness, mindfulness, left- and right-brain differences, and artificial intelligence.