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Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught Paperback – January 5, 2006
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"A masterpiece. . . . It teaches us how not to fear and repress, but to rechannel and harness the most powerful energies of life toward freedom and bliss."
"A fascinating look at the urge for pleasure, with the goal of helping readers accept the sensation of wanting into their lives in ways that are helpful both spiritually and psychologically."
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The course was focused on suffering and and how we must not be attached.
I was looking for an interpretation of the Buddha's teachings that had a more positive perspective on life and offered a way to live Buddhism while living in the modern world - with a husband, friends, coworkers and children.
Surely there is some way to take the Buddha's teachings that is compatible with deriving true pleasure from your children, that offers instruction on healthy ways to be attached to your husband and mother, rather than holing up in a monastery?
This book gave all of that and more. Filled with human stories that make the concepts easy to understand and remember, and offering all the positive perspective that some people hope resides in buddhism
But the book has satisfied me even so. The text is dense, comprehensive and clear, although the subject is very difficult and tricky.
I gave "only" four stars because I think the Mark's others books are better in the purpose of analyzing/reflecting Buddhism and Psychoanalysis.
I think everyone who has some basic knowledge of Buddhism concepts fundamentals will benefit from reading this book.
Relating to Ramayana the great epic gives better connection to the time tested learning.
A new understanding with modern lifetime is felt.
Some correlation to karma yoga, I felt, when craving is differentiated from desire. Results are not in one's hands and anticipating particular result is beset with anxiety and frustration and removes the fun in karma (action)..
on one hand the buddhist practice searching to use desire in a trascendental way
through a number of means and on the other psychoanalytic theory that postuleates the
central role of desire in all achievements in life.
Congratulations to Mark Epstein on essay.
Ask and ye shall find. I sure did here.