Open to Desire The Truth about What the Buddha Taught

ISBN-10: 1592401856

ISBN-13: 9781592401857

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Authors: Mark Epstein

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Helping readers to reconcile their conflicting thoughts about desire from both a Buddhist and a psychological point of view, Mark Epsteins well-received book now arrives in trade paperback. 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. ROBERT THURMAN It is common in both Buddhism and Freudian psychoanalysis to treat desire as if it is the root of all suffering and problems, but psychiatrist Mark Epstein believes this to be a grave misunderstanding. In his controversial defense of desire, he makes clear that it is the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, each other, and our world. Proposing that spiritual attainment does not have to be detached from intimacy or eroticism, Open to Desirebegins with an exploration of the state of dissatisfaction that causes us to cling to irrational habits. Dr. Epstein helps readers overcome their own fears of desire so that they can more readily bridge the gap between self and other, cope with feelings of incompletion, and get past the perception of others as objects. Freed from clinging and shame, desires spiritual potential can then be opened up. Praise for Open to Desire: 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. BODY & SOUL
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Mark Epstein, M.D., is also the author of "Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective". A psychiatrist & consulting editor to "Tricycle: The Buddhist Review", he lives in New York City.

Introduction: The Baby and the Bathwater
For Want of Desire
Ramayana
The Left-Handed Path
Discontent
Clinging
The Flavor of Separation
The Backward Glance
Renunciation
The End of Clinging
From Object to Subject
A Facilitating Environment
The Fruit
A Path for Desire
Advice
Jumping In
Endnotes
References
Index
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