Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis
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.
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Review: Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and PsychoanalysisUser Review - Bodhi47 - Goodreads
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. Read full review
Review: Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and PsychoanalysisUser Review - Mike Porter - Goodreads
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. Read full review