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Author Magid, Barry, author

Title Ordinary mind : exploring the common ground of Zen and psychoanalysis / Barry Magid ; [foreword by Charlotte Joko Beck]
Edition Second edition
Published Boston : Wisdom Publications, [2005]
©2002
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Description 1 online resource (226 pages)
Contents The psychology of the self -- Top-down practice : Mu -- Bottom-up practice : just sitting -- Self and oneness -- Self and emptiness -- No self -- The myth of the isolated mind -- Constancy -- Change -- Zen is useless -- Relationship and authority -- One practice of two? -- Form and no form
Summary 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 questions like these. Written in an engaging and witty style, Ordinary Mind helps us understand challenging ideas--like Zen Buddhism's concepts of oneness, emptiness, and enlightenment--and how they make sense, not only within psychoanalytic conceptions of mind, but in the realities of our lives and relationships. This new paper edition of Magid's much-praised book contains additional case study vignettes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-199) and index
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Subject Buddhism and psychoanalysis.
Zen Buddhism -- Doctrines.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0861717406 (electronic bk.)
9780861717408 (electronic bk.)
(paperback;) (alk. paper)