This new book from Zen teacher, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite, Barry Magid, inspires us to outgrow the impossible pursuit of happiness, and instead make peace with the perfection of the way things are. Including ourselves! Using wryly gentle prose, Magid invites readers to consider the notion that our certainty that we are broken may be turning our pursuit of happiness into a source of more suffering. He takes an unusual look at our secret practices (what we're really doing, when we say "practicing"), "curative fantasies," and our ideals of what spiritual practices will do for us.
In doing so, he helps us look squarely at some of the pitfalls of spiritual practice, so that we can avoid them. Along the way, Magid lays out a rich roadmap of a new psychological-minded Zen, which may be among the most important spiritual developments of the present-day.
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Very fine book, very poor reading
A Zen primer.
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.
- Uncle Mike
- Richard Seeley