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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577319427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577319429
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is truly a manual for becoming a happier and kinder person.”
Rasmus Hougaard, managing director of the Potential Project

“Karuna Cayton's analysis and method in The Misleading Mind are well thought-out and should be a great help to readers.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

The Misleading Mind is a self-help manual full of accurate descriptions of traditional Buddhist teachings, recipes for mental health, and a map of the paths leading to a productive and well-balanced life.”
Jeffrey Hopkins, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and president of the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies

The Misleading Mind shares the profound depth of Buddhist psychological wisdom in a wonderfully inviting and accessible way. I highly recommend it.”
Peter Fenner, PhD, teacher and author of Radiant Mind

“Through his many years of deep study of Buddhist psychology, sincere introspection, and work at helping others, Karuna Cayton has gained genuine wisdom, which he generously shares in The Misleading Mind....This is a clear, grounded, and useful guidebook for working with the mind and heart.”
Lorne Ladner, PhD, psychologist and author of The Lost Art of Compassion

About the Author

For over twenty years Karuna Cayton has worked as a psychotherapist, business psychologist, and coach to help people achieve a more balanced life. He lived in Nepal for twelve years, where he studied Tibetan Buddhism.

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Customer Reviews

I often read books in full the first time, and then go back and re-read it really absorbing the information in it.
Sheri Newton
Karuna Cayton's Misleading Mind is a fantastic guide that applies modern psychology to ancient Buddhist philosophy.
Michelle Waters
I like this book because it easily lays out the principles in ways which make things simple and easy to understand.
Jessica Dally

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Karuna Cayton, a psychotherapist and practicing Buddhist, has written an interesting book for non-Buddhists who are looking for ways to make their life more manageable. Based on the 2600 year-old principles of Buddhist psychology, it covers the general range of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, but in a fashion that does not require extensive knowledge -- any knowledge at all, really -- of Buddhist teaching and principles.

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"It is odd that we can describe our hands or our face but if we're asked to describe our mind we can only offer vague, nebulous descriptions. That's because, not examining the mind, we don't know the mind. Knowing how our mind really functions is the first step to mental balance and health and, yes, greater happiness. We need to become explorers - curious about our idea of self, our mind, our emotions, how they function and how we can master them. As such, we'll seek the knowledge, contemplation, and wisdom to become our own best therapist. Our discoveries become the pathway to solving our problems and revealing a happier and healthier way of being."

The ideas covered in The Misleading Mind will not come as anything new to those who have even casually perused the Buddha's teachings. However, in approaching them from the perspective of people with no knowledge at all of suffering and the causes of suffering as understood by Buddhists, Cayton has illuminated corners that may not have been examined even by long-term practitioners. These principles are presented in a way that is accessible to non-Buddhists, and at the same time can profitably be considered by experienced students.

Finally, unlike many writers, Cayton does not minimize the need for continuous, long-term work to effect the changes he promises.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Meissner on March 11, 2012
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Karuna Cayton does an excellent job of taking two seemingly disparate backgrounds in Vajrayana Buddhism and contemporary psychological theory, and seemlessly blends them into a smooth body of teaching and practice. The Misleading Mind demonstrates how early tradition can inform the modern reader about our moment by moment experiences, and how to gain a better handle on the challenges life presents.

One significant difference in Cayton's book from others one may find in the same area of the bookstore is an open and clear understanding that "... mind training is not necessarily a religious or spiritual practice. It does not rest on accepting certain religious beliefs or adopting particular terminology. It can be used successfully as an entirely secular practice, or it can be incorporated as a deliverate spiritual practice within any religion." With those words he shows that this is not just for "Buddhists", but anyone. Readers should find this wonderfully appealing and different from the usual books laden with Sanskrit, Pali, or Tibetan terms that are meaningless to a modern secular audience.

Cayton is also unabashed in his confidence that "... training our mind and healing ourselves are, I would argue, the only way to bring lasting change to the world around us. We can only do this when we drop blame and simply become accountable for subduing and training our minds and mental attitudes." With that master stroke, he challenges the reader to the sometimes difficult work of personal development, and lays out the goal of societal transformation.

The book is happily provided with exercises, and is written in an easy to digest prose that complements the message of engagement with a contemplative practice. Absolutely worth it!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By KCJ on March 12, 2012
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I found this book to be extremely readable. Being familiar with Western psychology did not preclude me from finding the book to be easy to follow and very understandable. It has been written as though Cayton is speaking to you and anticipating your questions before you ask them. Followng the simple exercises he has laid out at the end of each chapter - one building on the next - does not feel intimidating but rather a challenge you are looking forward to putting to practice. I appreciated the author's unembarrassing usage of his own daily struggles and how he too has to continue to work on those areas in his life. I have already found my awareness has increased regarding my reaction to daily life and working on puting Cayton's suggestions into practice. I highly reccommend this book to anyone that is interested in living a calmer, happier and well balanced life.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MysterOnyx on March 12, 2012
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The Misleading Mind is a fantastic explanation and solution-provider for our negative thoughts and their impact on our lives. It's refreshing to read a down-to-earth, understandable guide on Buddhism, modern psychology, and their mutual benefit. Thankfully, the author avoids delving into spiritual and religious concepts, focusing rather on the practical application of mind strategies.

I hope to read more from this author in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on April 8, 2012
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The Misleading Mind by Karuna Cayton is a book to help us change the way we think about our problems. We all have problems, but how we deal with them and think about them greatly affects our well-being. Are you ready to change your misleading mind with the help of this book?

The Misleading Mind is a very easy to read book about a topic that is challenging to understand and really "get." If you are open to learning about Buddhism and working on your mental health, it is an invaluable resource to help you change your life. Becoming a Buddhist is not something you have to do with this book. You can be any religion and still benefit from the resources in this book.

The key to the material is being open and to actually try out the techniques offered in the book. If you read it at a steady pace and think about the material as you read it, and also after you read it, you'll get more out of it than just reading it once through and not trying any of the techniques out for yourself. I often read books in full the first time, and then go back and re-read it really absorbing the information in it. I did that with this book, and I am really amazed by how helpful it is with changing my belief system about "problems."

Overall, I found the techniques and information in the book helpful and really made me challenge my thinking. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Misleading Mind, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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