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If you could sum up Ending the Pursuit of Happiness in three words, what would they be?
A Zen primer.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Would you be willing to try another one of Joe O'Neill’s performances?
No. I found both his voice, manner of delivery, frequent stumbling over words and frequent mispronunciations most distracting. ("Shun-ree Suzuki" or "Sessions" for sesshins). Not to mention what seems to be the odd paragraph or two suddenly sounding as if it were recorded in a completely different studio. A somewhat amateurish production. Too bad, a stye book's content is useful, insightful stuff.
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I was disappointed in this book. To begin with the title is misleading. A Zen critique of the popular culture's obsession with finding a happy solution to every human problem might have been interesting. But this is a very egocentric book about the author's experience working as a psychoanalyst and a Zen teacher. The stories he tells about his own special experiences fail to demonstrate that he has gained self awareness from his practice of either discipline. He is quick to point out the foibles and failures of past and present Zen teachers and practitioners but it sounds like church gossip. Far from bringing any new perspective to Zen or psychoanalysis the author supports the hierarchical structure that is common to most religions and academies. If I thought the author's views were all there was to Zen, I would want no more to do with it.
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