Ending the Pursuit of Happiness

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“In an era dominated by the pursuit of quick fixes and the growing medicalization of the mental health field, this book provides a radical and vitally important challenge to the prevailing cultural ethos.”—Jeremy D. Safran, PhD, professor and director of clinical psychology, New School for Social Research, and editor of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism


A Zen Guide

Barry Magid

As seen in Newsweek.

We all have a right to the pursuit of happiness—but could we actually be happier if we gave that whole thing up?

This surprising new book from Zen teacher, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite Barry Magid inspires usin gentle and winking proseto move on and make peace with the perfection of the way things actually are, including ourselves.

Magid invites us to consider that our “pursuit of happiness” may actually be a source of our suffering. He takes an unusual look at our “secret practices”—what we’re really doing when we say we’re meditating-like trying to feel calmer, or more compassionate, or even “enlightened (whatever we imagine that means!). He also uncovers our “curative fantasies” about spiritual practice—those ideas that we can somehow fix all the messy human things about ourselves that we imagine are bad or wrong or unacceptable. In doing so, he helps us look squarely at-and avoid-such pitfalls. Along the way, Magid lays out a rich roadmap of the new “psychological-minded Zen”—a Zen that includes our entire life, our entire personality—as pioneered by his teacher, bestselling author Charlotte Joko Beck.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $20.95
  • ISBN 9780861715534
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • $17.99
  • ISBN 9780861715534
about the author
Ending the Pursuit of Happiness

Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, and the founding teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zendo, also in New York. He is the author of the Wisdom titles Ordinary Mind, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, and Nothing Is Hidden.

Other books by Barry Magid:
What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (And What Isn’t)
Ordinary Mind
Nothing Is Hidden

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