"A fascinating thesis in an engaging storytelling style. This thoughtful book can inspire us to look at our own lives and our own paths." (Psychiatric Services, A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association)
"Magid teaches a Zen of everyday, ordinary experience. He describes the upper reaches of human development as the embodiment of a great wisdom, the practice of 'everydayness' as a personal harmony with the order of that which is." (Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, the newsletter of the Division of Psychoanalysis)
"A wise and thought-provoking book that will have a significant impact on the way people think about the relationship between Zen and Western psychotherapy in the future." (Professor Jeremy D. Safran, editor of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism)
"A wise and insightful guide to living a saner life."-- (Charlotte Joko Beck, author of Everyday Zen)
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.
Charlotte Joko Beck was an American Zen teacher, founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, and author of Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing Special: Living Zen. She is remembered for teaching her students to work with the emotions of everyday life, rather than attempting to escape them, and produced many Dharma heirs who are practicing psychologists and psychiatrists. She passed away in 2011, at the age of 94.
Not all books on Zen are truly Zen; this is one to read many times. So many books are 'about' Zen but the 'aboutness' is not always easy to find. Read it then read it again.Published on July 25, 2013 by Mr Milton Moon
Gem of a book. Learnt a lot about the zen way to find peace and happiness. Must read for everyone.Published on April 19, 2013 by Nina Grewal
Magid does a good job comparing psychoanalysis and Zen practice. Obviously they're not perfect fits, but he lucidly reveals their common ground. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by A Halaw
I'm a Soto Zen practitioner with a very high interest in how the many schools of psychology may fit with contemplative practices. So I was drawn into exploring this book. Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by David M. Bell
This book, for the experienced practictioner of meditation is excellent.
For someone trained in psychology, it is a bridge across both disciplines
with fresh insights... Read more