Is meditation an escape from—or a solution to—our
psychological problems? Is the use of antidepressants counter to
spiritual practice? Does a psychological approach to meditation reduce
spirituality to “self-help”? What can Zen and psychoanalysis teach us
about the problems of the mind and suffering?
Psychiatrist and Zen teacher Barry Magid is uniquely
qualified to answer questions like these. Written in an engaging and
witty style, Ordinary Mind helps us understand challenging ideas—like
Zen Buddhism’s concepts of oneness, emptiness, and enlightenment—and how
they make sense, not only within psychoanalytic conceptions of mind,
but in the realities of our lives and relationships.
206 pages. Paperback.