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Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide great and interesting read. If you like Joko s books you will love this Although I prefer the sections of the book that deal with everyday zen A few chapters deal with historical aspects of zen which, while very interesting, I probably won t want to read twice I always found that I could re read Joko s books again and again despite Joko saying we should stop reading and practice and find something useful for my daily struggles Anyway, you can tell that Barry has been through the same furnace as Joko so his teachings do have a similar clarity. A wonderful book, beautifully written so clear and lucid I have found it life changing and am considering buying several copies to hand out to friends who are searching for a path beyond grand answers on how to live to a subtler message about how to be alive. Barry Magid comes from the pragmatism of Joko Beck s Zen Buddhism He melds the ever possible immanence of Zen with an awareness of the demons that blight our life Really enjoyed this book, readable, honest and spoke to me in a way that so many books on Buddhism with an overtly historical reverence do not Worth it. Its rare I find a book that I want to read again immediately on completion , this is one such book Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst in New York ,in 1996 Charlotte Joko Beck gave him permission to establish the Ordinary Mind Zendo as an affiliate of the San Diego Zen Centre and serve as its teacher.Hes well published and this is his latest foray into the world of Zen and psychoanalysis.This book is best described as a no bulls t guide to Zen and I think it will appeal to both beginners and seasoned practitioners Magid blows away many of the preconceptions we may have about Zen teachers being beyond human folly and reveals them to be well human He asks us what we hope to achieve from our own practice and what is our secret practice He introduces some of the Koans and examines and questions their wisdom , not in a cynical way but in an open and honest attempt to help us gain insight into our own daily struggle I suppose the big question that arises from this book is What if this is it Do we continue to practice Do we dare hope for OK that s three questions but that s the type of book this is , thought provoking ethical and without agenda Needless to say I enjoyed this book and I leave you with this nugget Each one of you is perfect the way you are and you could use a little improvement I ve been a seeker most of my adult life Might be due to a traumatic childhood seeking safety and solace , might be out of curiosity seeking answers and direction or probably a mix, but it came to an end when I finally realized the futility of the search I simply gave up seeking answers and direction and safety on a planet slowly revolving around its own axis in a silent universe When you realize it s all a distraction from letting life be as it is you can let go and surrender Coming to the end of the search, the end of the gurus and masters, the philosophies and religions, and the process of getting something and getting somewhere else than here and now, you find peace Also recommended Krishnamurti, Freedom From the Known Lind, The Seeking Self Best wishes 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 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 PLEASE NOTE When You Purchase This Title, The Accompanying Reference Material Will Be Available In Your My Library Section Along With The Audio

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