- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S. (3 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0861715535
- ISBN-13: 978-0861715534
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide to Ending the Pursuit of Happiness Paperback – 3 May 2008
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"This is an exceptional work, majestic in its scope and clarity. Barry Magid presents a mature vision and he does it with utmost care and intelligence. I really loved this book." --Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Psychotherapy without the Self
About the Author
Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, and the founding teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zendo, also in New York. He is the author of the Wisdom titles Ordinary Mind and Ending the Pursuit of Happiness.
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Here are some quotes that give a flavour of the book as I experienced it.
"Each of us is trying to cure ourselves in one way or another, but often our hopes go underground and we are never quite clear just what we are seeking or how we imagine we are going to get there. We may say a lot of different things about what we hope to get from meditation, but in the back of our minds there usually lurks the fantasy that something will fix us once and for all".
"I will explore the ways we can become aware of and more honest about that secret practice that we all engage in behind the scenes, so to speak, in our imagination, the practice that we hope will be our fix, or our cure".
"We are surrounded by therapies and diets and self-improvement programs, all of which promise to fix us. What we don't realise is the way all of them tacitly reinforce our assumption that we are broken and need fixing".
"After all our futile efforts to transform our ordinary minds into idealized, spiritual minds, we discover the fundamental paradox of practice is that leaving everything alone is itself what is ultimately transformative".
"It's hard to really do nothing at all.Read more ›
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 more ? 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 "
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A wonderful book, beautifully written - so clear and lucid. I have found it life-changing and am considering buying several more copies to hand out to friends who are searching for... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Armstrong
In many ways this book contains much commonsense advice, but it is nonetheless deeply flawed. For a start, it is badly written, the sentence construction awkward and contorted -... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2009 by contributor