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

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“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 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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MARK EPSTEIN, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and lectures frequently about the value of Buddhist meditation in psychotherapy. His previous books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, and Going on Being—over 250,000 copies sold combined. He is a contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and has written many articles for Yoga Journal and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Published January 5, 2006 by Gotham Books. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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He salutes the "sex-friendly" nature of Tibetan Buddhism and says this about the copulating figures adorning Tibetan art: "In this tradition, the active male desire, chastened by the gap that desire creates, becomes empathy and compassion: the ability to reach into the experience of another and f...

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