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"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)

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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 2nd edition (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861714954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861714957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What I found most interesting, and also most valuable, about Barry Magid"s work is his ability to bring together the insights of his psychotherapy practice to the clarity of his role as a zen teacher into one seamless presentation. In fact, the major theme of Ordinary Mind, that there is no sharp boundary between psychology and spirituality, is so well made that the reader will surely have to question any prior assumptions about what psychology is and what spiritual practice is. I particularly liked Magid's thoroughness in clarifying the normally fuzzy thinking that occupies the borderland between psychology and religion.
But this is not just an intellectual polemic. Using a combination of honest examples from his own life, the wisdom of the Zen koan, and not least of all, humor, he repeatedly returns to how these issues inform our everyday life as we live it. Time and again he brings us back to the essential point that must be addressd in any approach to living a less self-centered life, whether the approach be that of psychology or spirituality. And that point is that the real satisfaction that all of us are looking for must come from the increasing ability to move away from our false pictures of what life is and what spirituality is, and instead move toward a direct experiencing of our life as it is.
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Magid uses classical koans, clinical material, and the thinking of cutting-edge psychoanalysts like Stolorow, Eigen, and others to lucidly explore the commonalities and divergences of Zen practice and the psychotherapeutic enterprise.
In particular, I found his thoughtful examination of self at once
evocative and refreshingly straightforward. His examination of the issues of boundaries in both clinical and zen teacher-student relationships is intelligent and realistic. And his comments on transference and its relationship to a Buddhist conception of ego are of particular interest.
In psychoanalytic circles lately there has been a growing interest in Zen and Buddhist psychology. I believe that Zen students and mental health professionals alike will be in Magid's debt for a long time to come.
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Although the title of this text implies that this is a work best suited to professionals, I was delighted to find just the opposite. This is a book clearly presents some of the most basic aspects of Zen meditation written from a personal and inspiring perspective. It makes it possible for even the beginner to understand the rewards and challenges of just sitting meditation.
As a previous reviewer said ..."this is not just an intellectual polemic. Using a combination of honest examples from his own life, the wisdom of the Zen koan, and not least of all, humor, he repeatedly returns to how these issues inform our everyday life as we live it."
In addition this work includes a nicely written index making it possible to revisit those areas that made you think on your first read.
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Don't let the title of this book fool you into thinking that this is solely a precise academic discourse on the relationship of Zen and psychotherapy.

This is a solid, discerning book of Zen for everyday life. Barry Magid has a warm, gentle, no BS style like his own teacher, the loved Charlotte Joko Beck. He has the capability to take big wisdom and intelligently share it with his readers in an accessible, heartfelt and encouraging way:

"..this is like looking into a mirror: without any effort, our face naturally appears. Whatever we experience, whatever doubt or difficulty we feel, is simply who and what we are in that moment"

This is one of those books that does not leave the spot next to the bed. I find myself reading this over and over and am softer and kinder for it. This book shines!
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In Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis Mr. Magid extolls the virtues of Zen Buddhism, illustrates where psychology and zen intersect, and points out how they both could benefit each other. At the same time, he suggests that Zen practitioners could still benefit from the methods of psychology while also developing a critique of western psychology theory from a zen perspective.

He begins by chronicling his own journey in psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism. Next, he analyzes the history and philosophical perspectives of both traditions, beginning with the founder of psycho-analysis, Sigmund Freud. Freud had widened the split between the western analytical tradition and spirituality by characterizing religious experience as delusional and wishful thinking, insinuating that people who had 'peak' experiences were merely regressing to earlier stages of development.

Erich Fromm and humanistic psychology was the first school to challenge the Freudian perspective. However, the current movement to synthesize insights of zen and psychoanalysis can be traced to the work of Heinz Kohut who emphasized a view of the self as interdependent and relational, a view aligned with Buddhist ideas of the self.

Like psychology, Buddhism is made up of many different schools of thought including Zen Buddhism. Zen is further subdivided, but within Zen there are two main traditions which Barry Magid characterizes as top down (Rinzai) and bottom up (Soto). Both traditions seek the same goal, they merely have different approaches to achieve it. Top down practice is characterized by koan study. Koans are short sayings or stories that attempt to 'encapsulate a psychological or philosophical conundrum.
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