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Open to Desire : The Truth About What the Buddha Taught - Mark Epstein

Open to Desire

The Truth About What the Buddha Taught

Paperback

Published: 5th January 2006
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Helping readers to reconcile their conflicting thoughts about desire from both a Buddhist and a psychological point of view, Mark Epstein?s well-received book now arrives in trade paperback.

?A masterpiece. . . . It teaches us how not to fear and repress, but to rechannel and harness the most powerful energies of life toward freedom and bliss.? ?ROBERT THURMAN

It is common in both Buddhism and Freudian psychoanalysis to treat desire as if it is the root of all suffering and problems, but psychiatrist Mark Epstein believes this to be a grave misunderstanding. In his controversial defense of desire, he makes clear that it is the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, each other, and our world.

Proposing that spiritual attainment does not have to be detached from intimacy or eroticism, Open to Desire begins with an exploration of the state of dissatisfaction that causes us to cling to irrational habits. Dr. Epstein helps readers overcome their own fears of desire so that they can more readily bridge the gap between self and other, cope with feelings of incompletion, and get past the perception of others as objects. Freed from clinging and shame, desire?s spiritual potential can then be opened up.

Praise for Open to Desire:
?A fascinating look at the urge for pleasure, with the goal of helping readers accept the sensation of wanting into their lives in ways that are helpful both spiritually and psychologically.?
?BODY & SOUL

"A fascinating look at the urge for pleasure, with the goal of helping readers accept the sensation of wanting into their lives in ways that are helpful both spiritually and psychologically." --Body and Soul

Introduction: The Baby and the Bathwater
For Want of Desire
Ramayanap. 21
The Left-Handed Pathp. 35
Discontentp. 61
Clinging
The Flavor of Separationp. 81
The Backward Glancep. 95
Renunciationp. 109
The End of Clinging
From Object to Subjectp. 131
A Facilitating Environmentp. 143
The Fruitp. 161
A Path for Desire
Advicep. 181
Jumping Inp. 199
Endnotesp. 205
Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9781592401857
ISBN-10: 1592401856
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th January 2006
Publisher: Gotham Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.2