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Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis

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Is meditation an escape from--or a solution to--our psychological problems? Is the use of antidepressants counter to spiritual practice? Does a psychological approach to meditation reduce spirituality to "self-help"? What can Zen and psychoanalysis teach us about the problems of the mind and suffering?

Psychiatrist and Zen teacher Barry Magid is uniquely qualified to answer
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Wisdom Publications
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Ville Halonen
Jun 10, 2014 Ville Halonen rated it liked it
Not exactly what I wanted, but it's not the book's fault: it says it's exploring the common ground between Zen and (American post-Freudian) psychoanalysis, and that's what it is. I can't really comment on the merits of the latter element. As a book on Zen, it was okay, but too clear and technical for what I'm looking for in a Zen book at this juncture.
Bodhi47
Mar 04, 2014 Bodhi47 rated it really liked it
It was good. It was published some time ago when he was one of the first to conflate zen and psychiatry. And he does keep them separate. Adjunct and useful together but doesn't recommend both automatically for each student or patient. Liked it better than I thought I would.
Mike Porter
Apr 10, 2013 Mike Porter rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, spiritual
This book was written for a therapist, not for the lay person...like me! Although I found parts of it quite interesting, the author has written if from the perspective of a doctor and a zen teacher, and he is both.
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