- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553278320
- ISBN-13: 978-0553278323
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! The Pilgrimage of Psychotherapy Patients Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1982
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Whether giving or receiving therapy, this book reminds us that we are all humans -- nobody has all the answers. The eschatological laundry list (which I've seen roaming around the web, but never attributed to Kopp) has become a classic.
1. This is it! 2. There are no hidden meanings
3. You can't get there from here, and besides, there's no place else to go
4. We are all already dying and we'll be dead for a long time.
5. Nothing lasts!
6. There is no way of getting all you want.
7. You can't have anything unless you let go of it.
8. You only get to keep what you give away.
9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there is no compensation for misfortune.
11. You have the responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
12. It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.
13. You don't really control anything.
14. You can't make someone love you.
I'll stop there -- there's more in the book, and if you find the list discouraging, you need to read the book. If you find the words encouraging, you need to read the book. Add it to your list of books to give friends who are feeling glum and hopeless.
Use it as a group discussion book!
After reading this (at different stages in my life), I still find it centering and soothing. A good addition to the self-help library, along with The Road Less Traveled.
Killing the Buddha is looking deeply within ourselves, accepting our limitations, our attributes, and everything in between. We are the experts in the journey of our own lives. No one else is.
From the back cover: "The most important things that each man must learn no one else can teach him." Very true and much of this book is filled with great little nuggets like that with a koan here and there.
But don't get the idea this is Zen and Zen alone, there is a nice look at other stories including the epic of Gilgamesh, Don Quixote, Shakespeare, and of course the most influential book in the west- The Bible. This is the story of how each give glimpses into the thinks that make us tick (and tick wrong!).
A great book, a simple quick read. Pound for pound this is as good as it gets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was really excited about this book, but had a hard time sticking with it.Published 1 month ago by Sarah T.
This book will never be obsolete and it is an excellent reminder of who, why, and what we are at any given point in life's journey. Read morePublished 2 months ago by OhNo!
Trust your inner voice, no else's voice can truly guide you, forward intent is more important then the destinationPublished 3 months ago by Pedram N.
As a Fringe fan I look for this book, I find it an easy reading and with good advise. A Little Zen can help in this crasy fast pacing life.Published 3 months ago by ESTHELA FLORES
This was published back during the Me Generation, when everyone and their neighbors were in therapy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terry Brennan
Very enlightening, describes the continuous struggle of our journey searching for the elusive Nirvana on planet earth.Published 3 months ago by Daniel Bercovici