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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.
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One of the best books I have read in my life time to date. Reminds me that I can't control someone else. And sometimes I can't control myself!Published 5 days ago by Jayne Gorup
Didn't give it five stars because it is not like other books that I have read, and I have nothing to compare it to.Published 3 months ago by Glen Dale Scarbrough
If Kopp’s title seems gratuitously bellicose and totally inappropriate for a book about psychotherapy, you may not recognize that it’s a quote from the 9th century Zen... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bernie Gourley
Read it because of tv show references. The eschatological list at the end is worth reading alone. I still need more words.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer