Download Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide by Barry Magid PDF

Posted by

By Barry Magid

This new booklet from Zen instructor, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and demanding favourite Barry Magid conjures up us — in wryly mild prose — to outgrow the most unlikely pursuit of happiness, and as a substitute make peace with the perfection of ways issues are. together with ourselves! Magid invitations readers to think about the inspiration that our walk in the park that we're damaged could be turning our “pursuit of happiness” right into a resource of but extra anguish. he is taking an strange examine our “secret practices” (what we’re quite doing, once we say “practicing”) and “curative fantasies,” in which we've beliefs of what non secular practices will “do” for us, “cure” us. In doing so, he is helping us glance squarely at such pitfalls of religious perform in order that we will be able to stay away from them. alongside the best way, Magid lays out a wealthy roadmap of a brand new “psychological-minded Zen,” that may be one of the most crucial religious advancements of the present-day.

Show description

Read or Download Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide PDF

Best consciousness & thought books

Consciousness Revisited: Materialism without Phenomenal Concepts

We're fabric beings in a fabric global, yet we're additionally beings who've reviews and emotions. How can those subjective states be only a subject of subject? To protect materialism, philosophical materialists have formulated what's often referred to as "the phenomenal-concept strategy," which holds that we own various specified thoughts for classifying the subjective features of our stories.

Content, Consciousness, and Perception: Essays in Contemporary Philosophy of Mind

What kind of factor is the brain? and the way can any such factor whilst - belong to the wildlife, - signify the realm, - supply upward thrust to our subjective adventure, - and floor human wisdom? content material, cognizance and notion is an edited assortment, comprising 11 new contributions to the philosophy of brain, written through one of the most promising younger philosophers within the united kingdom and eire.

Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives

Cognizance may be the main confusing challenge we people face in attempting to comprehend ourselves. the following, eighteen essays supply new angles at the topic. The members, who contain some of the major figures in philosophy of brain, speak about such principal subject matters as intentionality, extra special content material, and the relevance of quantum mechanics to the examine of realization.

Additional info for Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide

Example text

More and more psychoanalysts themselves seem to be turning to one form or another of meditation practice, or returning to their Western religious roots in search of a spiritual dimension not addressed by analysis. So both Zen and psychoanalysis, whether they like to admit it or not, could use some outside help. Having trained and practiced as both a psychoanalyst and a Zen teacher, I have experienced the joys and limitations of each practice in my own life for several decades now. I hope that by now I can speak to my fellow practitioners and explorers on each side of the aisle in a language they can understand about what is happening on the other.

These teachers are increasingly open to the idea that Zen and psychotherapy can profitably work in tandem. More and more, there is no clear line that can be drawn between what draws some people to practice Zen and what causes others to seek therapy. ” There continue to be differences in how teachers handle these issues. Some, like myself, see Zen practice itself as a way to actively engage and treat these kinds of personal problems. The choice of meditation or therapy as the primary mode of practice can sometimes seem more like a matter of “fit” or self selection rather than based on the nature of the particular problem.

Is the self the equivalent of an inner organ or capacity that allows or causes us to think, feel, perceive, and so on? Does it make any sense to say that my “self” is thinking something rather than simply saying I am thinking it? Is speaking about our self like speaking about our brain? Is it a part of who we are to which we can attribute a specific function? Psychoanalysts like Heinz Kohut, who became famous for what he called “self psychology,” thought of the self as a structure or capacity of the mind.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.97 of 5 – based on 32 votes