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Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  3 reviews
In his engaging, accessible, and often witty style, psychiatrist and Zen teacher Barry Magid helps us to understand challenging Zen ideas — oneness, emptiness, no-self, and enlightenment — and explores how they make sense within Western psychotherapeutic conceptions of mind. Magid examines how to best learn from these two systems of thought that address the problems of the...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Wisdom Publications
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Ville Halonen
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.
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
This book was written for a therapist, not for the lay 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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