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 questions like these. Written in an engaging and witty style, Ordinary Mind helps us understand challenging ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association Psychiatric Services
"A fascinating thesis in an engaging storytelling style. This thoughtful book can inspire us to look at our own lives and our own paths."
the newsletter of the Division of Psychoanalysis Psychologist-Psychoanalyst
"Magid teaches a Zen of everyday, ordinary experience. He describes the upper reaches of human development as the embodiment of a great wisdom, the practice of 'everydayness' as a personal harmony with the order of that which is."
Professor Jeremy D. Safran
"A wise and thought-provoking book that will have a significant impact on the way people think about the relationship between Zen and Western psychotherapy in the future."
Charlotte Joko Beck
"A wise and insightful guide to living a saner life."—
From the Publisher

"A fascinating thesis in an engaging storytelling style. This thoughtful book can inspire us to look at our own lives and our own paths."
Psychiatric Services, A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association

"Magid teaches a Zen of everyday, ordinary experience. He describes the upper reaches of human development as the embodiment of a great wisdom, the practice of 'everydayness' as a personal harmony with the order of that which is."
Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, the newsletter of the Division of Psychoanalysis

"A wise and thought-provoking book that will have a significant impact on the way people think about the relationship between Zen and Western psychotherapy in the future."
—Professor Jeremy D. Safran, editor of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

"A wise and insightful guide to living a saner life."
—Charlotte Joko Beck, author of Everyday Zen

Charlotte Joko Beck
"A wise and insightful guide to living a saner life."--
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861714957
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet 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.

Charlotte Joko Beck was an American Zen teacher, founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, and author of Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing Special: Living Zen. She is remembered for teaching her students to work with the emotions of everyday life, rather than attempting to escape them, and produced many Dharma heirs who are practicing psychologists and psychiatrists. She passed away in 2011, at the age of 94.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Psychology of the Self 13
Ch. 2 Top-Down Practice: Mu: Chao-chou's Dog 30
Ch. 3 Bottom-Up Practice: Just Sitting: The Goose in the Bottle 40
Ch. 4 Self and Oneness: Sung-yuan's Person of Great Strength 52
Ch. 5 Self and Emptiness: Hsi-chung Builds Carts 59
Ch. 6 No Self: Dogen's Encouraging Words 73
Ch. 7 The Myth of the Isolated Mind: Jui-yen Calls "Master" 84
Ch. 8 Constancy: Nan-ch'uan Kills the Cat 96
Ch. 9 Change: Sitting with Sam 112
Ch. 10 Zen Is Useless: "Wash Your Bowl" 125
Ch. 11 Relationship and Authority: Attachment and Detachment 140
Ch. 12 One Practice or Two?: What Shakes Your Tree? 155
Ch. 13 Form and No Form: "Ordinary Mind Is the Tao" 164
Notes 169
Glossary 177
References 181
Index 185
About the Author 191
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