AWAKENING 101 was 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 created, assembled, put together, and maintained on a variety of mostly free websites by the Wanderling.
Currently AWAKENING 101 is not available, having gone offline, primarily due to so many lost pages and links associated with the now defunct GeoCities and a couple of other free servers. However, the main aspects of the course were saved and stored away. They are currently in the process of 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 now 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, at this point I have no real plans for putting AWAKENING 101 back online, all of the revised pages or otherwise being held in reserve off-line. Even though I cannot seem to emphasize enough throughout all that I write and present that one's mind must be ripe, I get no end of discontent from people over the fact that after reading a few pages of AWAKENING 101, Enlightenment failed to manifest itself in an easy unimpeded fashion. For those who just won't take the suggestion of one's "mind being ripe" I direct them toward the Enlightenment ordeal of a once-removed Sri Ramama follower Mathru Sri Sarada.
The following question was asked on YAHOO: Answers:
Are there any online Buddhist teachers?
Arjuna Ranatunga, who goes by the screen name Goodfella, received a Master's Degree in Buddhist Studies with Merit from the University of Sunderland, North-east England in 2011 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,
For those of you who continue to be interested in an assist along the path along with additional insights into 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:
THE CODE MAKER, THE ZEN MAKER
The role of super-normal perceptual states known as Siddhis are explored in conjunction with visiting the mysterious hermitage said to exist somewhere beyond time in a remote area of the Himalayas known under a variety of names such as Gyanganj, Shambhala or Shangri-la.
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.
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."
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.
TIME TRAVEL: MEETING YOURSELF
THE ZEN MASTER MISSES HIS MARK
THE ZEN-MAN FLIES
Let Me Travel Through the Air Like a Winged Bird
THE WANDERLING AND HIS UNCLE
Their Life and Times Together
See as well DREW HEMPEL AND THE WANDERLING where the following is found:
I do not claim to be a teacher, if anything I just shovel piles of defecated nitrogenous waste deposits out of the barn so the cows can have more space to move around in. After I have shoveled it out, that same defecation so shoveled, if used the right way by the right people and in the right places as manure, can contribute toward making flowers bloom or nourishment to be consumed. As chronicled in Riding The Cab Forwards I tell about me as a young boy being on a remote dirt landing strip in the desert along the east side of the High Sierras during the middle of the night waiting with my uncle and the pilot to transport a mysterious woman from Reno to Las Vegas. When she showed up the pilot had the vehicle that brought her swing around behind the plane and shine the headlights down the strip. Then, just before he got in the plane, fired up the engine and we took off, he walked the landing strip one more time kicking rocks out of the way he didn't like. Like the pilot I kick rocks out of the way so the path can be made clear making it easier --- for those who may be so interested --- to soar.
ZEN AND THE ART OF DEFECATED NITROGENOUS WASTE DEPOSITS
THE SPIRITUAL ELDER AND THE SANTA FE CHIEF
CRITICAL CONCERNS WITH AWAKENING 101
WINDSWEPT, ZEN-SWEPT, MIND DUNES
ZEN BUDDHISM, ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT
ENLIGHTENED INDIVIDUALS I'VE MET
FOR MORE, SEE:
THE WANDERLING AND WIKIPEDIA
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.
HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE WANDERLING:
As most of you know, if an email address can be readily scaned by search engines the next thing you know you can't even find the legitimate mail in your box. Hence, the why of how difficult I've made it. Below I offer some suggestions on how to get any number of your questions or concerns along the path answered. However, if you feel a message or personal response would be helpful in your endeavors, e-mail me through EITHER the Wanderling link directly below and follow the steps OR the Blog link below that. On the Blog just leave whatever you want using the Comments form. As to the Email, be advised your message could be lost in the shuffle or forgotten to death as there are a number of SPAM FILTERS IN PLACE that block just about everything --- BUT, and this is the secret, if you type AWAKENING 101 --- in capital letters with a space between AWAKENING and 101 --- in the subject line of your email it has a much better chance of being sorted out of the tons of unsolicited material and actually be read rather than being blocked or deleted:
Also please be advised that I do not, that is DO NOT have any Facebook pages directly attributable back to me in any way, shape or fashion. Any Facebook page implying they are ME or MINE in some manner are done so by others on their own accord and without my sanction. Any poster thereof thinking I will read or respond to posts by anyone are mistaken. I don't go to the pages, I don't read the posts nor do I have any access to respond. Any responses to any posts have not been done by me.
On occasion people DO email me about Enlightenment, the Awakening process and any results thereof. For some of the most interesting go to:
GETTING LETTERS AND EMAILS
As to the subject of donations, for those of you who may be interested in doing so as it applies to the gratefulness of my works, I invariably suggest any funds be directed toward THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT and/or THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.