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By Barry Magid

This new booklet from Zen instructor, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and demanding favourite Barry Magid evokes us — in wryly mild prose — to outgrow the very unlikely pursuit of happiness, and in its place make peace with the perfection of ways issues are. together with ourselves! Magid invitations readers to think about the suggestion that our sure bet that we're damaged could be turning our “pursuit of happiness” right into a resource of but extra ache. he is taking an strange examine our “secret practices” (what we’re particularly doing, after we say “practicing”) and “curative fantasies,” in which now we have beliefs of what non secular practices will “do” for us, “cure” us. In doing so, he is helping us glance squarely at such pitfalls of religious perform in order that we will be able to stay away from them. alongside the way in which, Magid lays out a wealthy roadmap of a brand new “psychological-minded Zen,” that may be one of the most crucial non secular advancements of the present-day.

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14 · Ending the Pursuit of Happiness bow to it as our true teacher. True compassion, a life spontaneously and wholeheartedly lived in the service of others, may be forged in this crucible. Yet no transformation is ever total. We would call someone a buddha who lived that way all the time and perhaps the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, was such an individual—but I know I don’t and I know I’m not. For most of us, our self-protective, habitual ways of being in the world inevitably reassert themselves.

But this for Wittgenstein is precisely where we go astray. We come upon certain substantive nouns like “space” or “time” or “truth” or “good” and, as Wittgenstein says: We search for formulas which are to enunciate the innermost essence of concepts. One asks, “What are space and 26 · Ending the Pursuit of Happiness time? ” One complains that psychology has not yet unearthed the secret of consciousness. One specifies as the ultimate goal of logic the fathoming of the essence of truth. And so on… A substantive [noun] misleads us into looking for a substance.

The roles of both teacher and analyst are evolving in contemporary America to include an ever-increasing degree of emotional availability, responsiveness, and authenticity. As I practice them, the two roles have become—in certain ways—more and more smoothly interchangeable. This I believe relates to a major evolutionary advance in American Zen that is leading it beyond its traditional Asian roots. One American Zen teacher I interviewed spoke of training with a Japanese teacher. He thought that while his Zen training significantly transformed some aspects of his life, it left other aspects unexamined.

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