This third book by Amberchele is made up of short chapters of alternating prose and dialogues with fellow prison inmates. A voracious reader and long-time Buddhist practitioner, his search found its conclusion in The Headless Way approach devised by Douglas Harding. As well as being an exposition of the Perennial Philosophy, Amberchele answers, via the dialogues, questions which come up along the path leading the reader towards a very practical seeing of one’s Original Face. Altogether, a concise, profound and exuberant text on the nature of identity.
J.C. Amberchele was born in Philadelphia in 1940, attended a Quaker school, then college in Pennsylvania and New York, earning a B.A. in psychology. He first became interested in the nature of the Self in the 1960s when he took LSD, but didn't become deeply involved in spiritual matters until after he went to prison and tried meditation in the 1980s. During that time, he studied the works of Wei Wu Wei, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj and many others, until happening upon an article by Douglas Harding that allowed him to actually see Who he really is. Since then, he has been practicing Seeing, and is the author of two previous books on the subject: The Light That I Am: Notes From The Ground of Being; and The Almighty Mackerel and His Holy Bootstraps: Waking Up to Who You Really Are, both published by Non-Duality Press. He has been incarcerated for more than 30 years, and does not expect to be released soon.