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Ending the Pursuit of Happiness - Barry Magid

Ending the Pursuit of Happiness

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We all have a right to the pursuit of happiness - but could we actually be happier if we gave that whole thing up?

This surprising new book from Zen teacher, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite Barry Magid inspires us - in gentle and winking prose - to move on and make peace with the perfection of the way things actually are, including ourselves.

Magid invites us to consider that our "pursuit of happiness" may actually be a source of our suffering. He takes an unusual look at our "secret practices" - what we're really doing when we say we're meditating-like trying to feel calmer, or more compassionate, or even "enlightened" (whatever we imagine that means!). He also uncovers our "curative fantasies" about spiritual practice - those ideas that we can somehow fix all the messy human things about ourselves that we imagine are bad or wrong or unacceptable. In doing so, he helps us look squarely at-and avoid-such pitfalls. Along the way, Magid lays out a rich roadmap of the new "psychological-minded Zen" - a Zen that includes our entire life, our entire personality - as pioneered by his teacher, bestselling author Charlotte Joko Beck.

"This is an exceptional work, majestic in its scope and clarity. Barry Magid presents a mature vision and he does it with utmost care and intelligence. I really loved this book."--Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Psychotherapy without the Self

Introductionp. ix
Our Secret Practicep. 1
What Is Meditation?p. 1
Why Are We (Really) Meditating?p. 5
Three Stages of Practicep. 11
The Zen Way. The Psychoanalytic Wayp. 15
Zen and Psychoanalysisp. 15
What Is the Self?p. 22
Psychologically-Minded Zenp. 28
Learning from Problemsp. 33
Ordinary Lifep. 43
Your Ordinary Mind Is the Wayp. 43
Ordinary or Special?p. 46
Psychological versus Spiritual Insightp. 49
The Search for Enlightenment?p. 53
Flypaperp. 53
That's Mep. 55
You're Perfect, and You Can Use a Little Improvementp. 58
Rinzai's "Buji" Zenp. 62
If This Was Itp. 65
Body and Mindp. 69
The First Noble Truthp. 69
Thinking about Thinkingp. 72
Spiritual versus Materialp. 74
Sitting Long Becomes Tiringp. 81
Three Buddhasp. 83
Love, Sex, and Compassionp. 87
Desire and Sufferingp. 87
Asses and Horsesp. 93
Thomas Merton in Lovep. 97
Relationshipsp. 103
Being Alonep. 103
Attachment and Detachmentp. 105
If It Is Broke...Fix Itp. 110
A Mother's Kissp. 115
Who, What, and Whyp. 121
Why Practice?p. 121
Who's Listening?p. 124
The Meaning of Lifep. 128
Something or Nothingp. 133
Doing Nothingp. 133
Not Knowingp. 136
No Helpingp. 141
It's A Mystery to Mep. 147
A Pilgrimagep. 147
Angelsp. 152
Row, Row, Row Your Boatp. 154
Conclusion: No Path, No Wisdom, and No Gainp. 157
Notesp. 163
Glossaryp. 173
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 179
About the Authorp. 185
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ISBN: 9780861715534
ISBN-10: 0861715535
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 1st March 2008
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29