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If You Meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him [Mass Market Paperback]

Sheldon Kopp
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1 Jan 1976
Therapists do not and cannot give answers. Explore the true nature of the therapeutic relationship, and realize that the guru is no Buddha. He is just another human struggling. Understanding the shape of your own personal ills, will lead you on your journey to recovery. Sheldon Kopp has a realistic approach to altering one's destiny and accepting the responsibility that grows with freedom.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Jan 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553278320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553278323
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Antidote to Therapy 2 July 2006
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
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I work as a speechwriter and I love this type of book because it's full of quotable stuff.

Lines like, 'You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.'

or, 'You can't make anyone love you. You just have to reveal who your are and take your chances.'

He illustrates his theories using some of the Great Classics of Western Literature - Chaucer's Wife of Bath, Kafka's The Castle, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The thrust of the book is 'The secret is that there is no secret'. We must all face our problems, there are no real gurus with all the answers. Life is complex, difficult, unpredictable, confusing - fun sometimes - harrowing and depressing at others. We have to find temporary solutions in ourselves. Stories, maxims and metaphors help us do this. It all ends with Kopp's Laundry List - a number of short phrases which sum up his theses. A super book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but ... ... ... 26 May 2011
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The book is exactly as described in the pracy, however one feature was omitted. This book is distincly american in flavour, the chatty easy going style is a little hard to take for an english reader like myself, however it is well worth perseverance. The authors' own struggle with search for meaning and self-doubt let you know that he understands from a personal level. The fact that he takes the 'Guru/Teacher/God' status from therapists (although he himself is a therapist) is both humble and elucidating. Most recommended.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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The subtitle, "The Pilgramage of Psychotherapy Patients," belies the essence of this highly literate hymn to authenticity and self-governance: each of us must look within to find our own answers. Drawing from the Bible, the I Ching, Siddhartha, Jung and too many others to name, the author urges that living fully requires us to let go of concepts of fairness, perfection and control and embrace the uncertainty and ambiguity of our journey. A liberating, thought provoking paean to autonomy, self acceptance and personal growth. Life Changing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST books I have EVER read 15 Nov 2011
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Excuse the capitalisation but I feel totally justified in the use of having enjoyed this book as much as I did.

The book was recommended by the presenter of a podcast I listen to and as a curious individual who always looks for ways to expand and improve my mind I ordered it immediately.

There is not one thing I can criticise this book, I would describe it as an anti-selfhelp-selfhelp book. None of the outrageous unsubstantiated claims made by many books in the "selfhelp" section of many bookshops. Beware such books and beware the gurus who try to sell you self improvement that will "give you all you need to change your life for good".

Sheldon wrote this in the early 1970s and it appears that he had the foresight to see what an industry would be created from optimising people's potential, the nonsense "you only use 10% of your brain" sellers who base their writings on what is a myth. Ask any neuroscientist.

Buy this book, enjoy the fantastic use of language, enjoy the reality of how to improve yourself and your life. From the teachings of the toaist monks to discussions of psychoanalysis this book provides a history of and a future for selfhelp.

Your mind is yours, YOU are in the driving seat. Read this book, take control and enjoy the journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! 11 Mar 2009
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This is basically a fantastic book about the journey of psychotherapy patients and their therapist, using literary archetypes and real case histories. It seems a little dated (was written in the hippy 70s when anything went!) and the second hand copy I ordered was a cheap imprint with tiny typeface, hard to read... still worth the trouble.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Just as Rogers was said to have taken the patient off the couch, Sheldon Kopp takes the therapist off his/her pedestal. A must-read for anyone who has ever struggled with the conflictual aims of the therapist and client in a therapeutic process. Unfortunately the latter chapters tend to be more autobiographical and the book loses some of it's impact.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstanding or misrepresentation? 27 April 2013
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I first read this book some years ago and found it fascinating, wise and often moving, but hadn't looked at it in a long while. When I read the review by Ecosurfer I was therefore a little perplexed. I certainly didn't remember Sheldon Kopp 'justifying' convicted paedophiles or saying that beating children was fine, so decided to go back to the book and check out some of Ecosurfer's comments. It turned out that these are either based on misunderstandings of what Kopp says, or are blatant attempts to misrepresent or mislead.

First of all, the accusation that Kopp is patronising to women and tells them to join the Women's Movement. Actually, what the author says is 'In my own work with female patients, I try to encourage them to sort out those parts of the problem that belong to all women, to seek the support of their sisterhood, to explore Women's Liberation Movement meetings if they wish, and to find political solutions for the political problems'. There's more on this subject, but I don't see that the tone of any of it is patronising, and Kopp plainly isn't 'telling' anyone to do anything.

There are two cases in the book concerning convicted sex offenders who might be described as 'male paedophiles'. At no point does Kopp say that paedophiles 'are no better or worse than the rest of us'; he does not purport to 'understand' the serial raping of children, or to suggest that paedophiles should have children and families of their own. Ecosurfer says in his (her?) review 'one of his patients...convicted of raping young boys.. who on Kopp's recommendation is paroled, moves in with a single mother'. Kopp apparently also says that the single mother should not be allowed to know that the man moving in with her is a paedophile and that the child rapist 'deserves a second chance'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the one therapist you never had
I got book after reading a couple of reviews. I like reading self-development material and this seamed to tick most of the boxes.
Reading it was particularly enlightening. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Pandrei
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thought provoking book
This is an excellent book. Some of the language is very 70's but the narrative is compelling reading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L May
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
I must admit that I bought this book as an antidote to my boss's addiction to 'Success' Guru's - the thought of bumping off all those testosterone-fueled windbags was just too... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Westray
5.0 out of 5 stars best book
best book ever written I bought it for a friend for the Christmas holidays... I believe this is the best investment I have ever made on a friendship.
Published 7 months ago by Junie Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential pilgrimage of life.
This book is lovely with myths and legends that explain the intricacies of our human spiritual journey. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Revealing for the inner self. I have respect for the writer who has spent a lifetime in American psychiatry - the list of eternal truths at the end says it all.
Published 11 months ago by linda Angus
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Nice book, very well written. It will help those who are in need of a therapist! We will miss you Mr. Sheldon!
Published 12 months ago by Lorenzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
The product arrived in great time and excellent condition.

I am not going to attempt to write a literature review as i am not as good with words and analysis as... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Adam Boushear
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of time!
This book does not live up to it's reputation. It is a string of anecdotes from the psychotherapist's chair. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Ecosurfer
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift
I read this book a long time ago and I have it on among my best books. So I thought it would be a great gift for a friend. Great book.
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by C. Garcia Carricajo
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