Wei Wu Wei



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Terence James Stannus Gray
Function: 
Writer
Traditions: 
Tao, Advaita
Main Countries of Activity: 
UK, Ireland
Date of Birth: 
14 September 1895
Place of Birth: 
Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
5 JANUARY 1986
Ancestor Gurus: 
Descendant Gurus: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Dr.Hubert Benoit, John Blofeld, Robert Linssen, Arthur Osborne

Biography

Wei Wu Wei (a Taoist term which traslates as actionless action) was the pseudonym used by Terence James Stannus Gray.

He was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, to a well established Irish family.

He received a through education at Ascham St. Vincent's School, Eastbourne, Eton and in Oxford University.

During the 1920s and 1930s, he persued his interest in Egyptology. He wrote two books on Egyptian history, theatre, dance-drama, and wrote articles in several magazines.

After he had apparently exhausted his interest in theatre, his thoughts turned to philosophy and metaphysics.

He travelled throughout Asia and spent time in Sri Ramana Maharshi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai, India.

In 1958 at the age of 63, the first of the Wei Wu Wei titles was published. The next 16 years saw the subsequent publication of 7 more books ,including his final book under another pseudonym "0.0.0." in 1974.

Teachings

There is no becoming. ALL IS.

The Saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The Sage is a man who rids himself of his ego. Are we not wasps who spend all day in a fruitless attempt to traverse a window-pane — while the other half of the window is wide open?

There seem to two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish unfish), and those who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to disidentify themselves with the ego, by realising its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.

Wise men don't judge: they seek to understand.

The writer of these lines has nothing whatsoever to teach anyone; his words are just his contribution to our common discussion of what must inevitably be for us the most important subject which could be discussed by sentient beings. -Introduction to Open Secret (1965)

" It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are."- The Tenth Man : The Great Joke (1966)

" What is your trouble? Mistaken identity. "

" Realisation is a matter of becoming conscious of that which is already realised.
All the evil in the world, and all the unhappiness, comes from the I-concept.
One must know that one is not in order to be able to understand that we are. " -All Else Is Bondage : Non-Volitional Living (1964)

Ask the Awakened: the Negative Way (1963)

"Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9 per cent
Of everything you think,
And of everything you do,
Is for yourself —
And there isn't one."- Part One : The Crossroads, p. 7

Why Lazarus Laughed: The Essential Doctrine, Zen — Advaita — Tantra (1960)
"Living should be perpetual and universal benediction.
Doctrines, scriptures, sutras, essays, are not to be regarded as systems to be followed. They merely contribute to understanding. They should be for us a source of stimulation, and nothing more... Adopted, rather than used as a stimulus, they are a hindrance
Play your part in the comedy, but don't identify yourself with your role! "

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Open Secret

by Wei Wu Wei

(Paperback)

Open Secret is an essential work by the mysterious Wei Wu Wei, author of a series of Buddhist and Taoist spiritual classics. In poetry, dialogs, epigrams, and essays, he addresses our illusions concerning the mind, the self, logic, time, space, and causation. His substantive interpretation of The Heart Sutra—the epitome of Buddhist teachings—conveys the inexpressible truth of existence. Reading this jewel of a book, one enters into a heart and mind possessed of a very clear insight into the essence of understanding.