Monday, March 9, 2009

Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught - Mark Epstein


Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught - Mark Epstein
Helping readers to reconcile their conflicting thoughts about desire from both a Buddhist and a psychological point of view, Mark Epstein’s well-received book now arrives in trade paperback.

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 Desire begins 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, desire’s spiritual potential can then be opened up.

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8 comments:

  1. why do you post things using uploading.com or depositfiles?

    Mediafire is so clearly the best site out there for file sharing... No waiting, no captchas, no download limits...

    Please consider switching to mediafire.com !

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  2. let me just add that I can never get things off uploading because it always says I have used my daily limits, even though I have never successfully used it before.

    and depositfiles is terrible... downloads crap out half way to being finished, even when the file is about 1 mb or so!

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  3. For the ten thousand time. I dont upload this stuff!!!!! Other's choose to use those sites.

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  4. 2nd Noble Truth:

    "What is the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering?

    It is craving which renews being and is accompanied by relish and lust, relishing this and that: in other words, craving for sensual desires, craving for being, craving for non-being. But whereon does this craving arise and flourish? Wherever there is what seems lovable and gratifying, thereon it arises and flourishes."

    Don't let this man delude you children...he is Mara in disguise :)

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  5. Its a wise man who knows when enough is enough.

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  6. Humbug :)

    Btw, why so little for us hardcore theravadins here? According to your poll 31% are looking for theravada related material...yet there is hardly any to be found...but lot's of yoga rubbish for some reason. Sorry for complaining :)

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  7. Sorry...my wrong...I mean 25%. I guess we are a minority. Not much hope for us :)

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  8. Find me Theravada teaching and I'll post them. Unfortunalty the majority of uploads fall into Tibetan and Zen.

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