Both broad and deep, this eye-opening book is one of the best overviews available of the radical psychological teachings that underlie the Buddhist approach to living a life of freedom and peace. Sophisticated without being daunting, brilliantly clear without becoming simplistic, Andrew Olendzki’s writing is filled with rich phrases, remarkable images, and the fruits of decades of careful thought. Grounded in deep scholarship, psychological sophistication, and many years of teaching and personal practice, this much-anticipated collection of essays will appeal to anyone looking to gain a richer understanding of Buddhism’s experiential tools for exploring the inner world.
“This book has the power to change how you see yourself and the world. Andrew Olendzki has declassified the radical psychological insights of the Buddha and made them accessible to us all in a series of short, deftly-illuminating essays. It's a remarkable read for anyone interested in the human condition.”—Christopher K. Germer, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
“Unlimiting Mind is a rare treat. Highly recommended. Andrew Olendzki brings a unique and often brilliant perspective to core Buddhist teachings. He enlarges our understanding of basic principles and raises occasionally unsettling questions about familiar assumptions. An excellent introduction to Buddhism as well as an enlightening jolt to experienced practitioners.” —Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace
“An excellent and very accessible introduction to Buddhist psychology. Olendzki's presentation of the Abhidhamma is particularly helpful and informative.” —David R. Loy, author of Money, Sex, War, Karma and The World is Made of Stories
“A wonderful collection. These thoughtful and insightful reflections on the Buddha's teachings will appeal to scholars and practitioners alike.” —Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs
“I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Unlimiting Mind is one of the most intelligent collections of articles on Buddhism that I have read for a very long time. An impressive work that shows the Buddha to be not only the first 'psychologist' but an extremely radical thinker.” —John Peacock, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
About the Author:
Andrew Olendzki, Ph.D., was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. The former executive director of the Insight Meditation Society, he is currently the executive director of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA. He is editor of the Insight Journal.