This new book from Zen teacher, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite Barry Magid inspires us — in his wryly gentle prose — to outgrow the impossible pursuit of happiness, and instead make peace with the perfection of the way things are, including ourselves.
This new book from Zen teacher, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite Barry Magid inspires us - in wryly gentle prose - to outgrow the impossible pursuit of happiness, and instead make peace with the perfection of the way things are. Including ourselves! Magid invites readers to consider the notion that our certainty that we are broken may be turning our "pursuit of happiness" into a source of yet more suffering. He takes an unusual look at our "secretpractices" (what we're REALLY doing, when we say "practicing") and "curative fantasies," wherein we have ideals of what spiritual practices will "do" for us, "cure" us. In doing so, he helps us look squarely at such pitfalls of spiritual practice so that we can avoid them. Along the way, Magid lays out a rich roadmap of a new "psychological-minded Zen," which may be among the most important spiritual developments of the present-day.
"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
About 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.