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Date Teaching Length
Mon, 09/30/2013 Taking the Self Whole 17:29
Mon, 10/07/2013 Zazen is Useless Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 16:36
Mon, 10/14/2013 Isan's Buffalo Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 12:46
Mon, 10/21/2013 A Seamless Monument Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 11:39

Our quest for spiritual wholeness all too often fails to include the self; we are eager to conclude that because it is "empty," we can bypass dealing with the difficulties of everyday life that we imagine practice will enable us to escape. Taking life whole must begin with taking the self whole, fully accepting who and what we are. This retreat will explore what it means to practice with the self, explain why zazen is not a meditation technique, and work with two classic Zen koans.

Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. He received his M.D. from the New Jersey College of Medicine in 1975, and completed his psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in 1981. In October 1996, Charlotte Joko Beck gave him permission to establish The Ordinary Mind Zendo as an affiliate of the San Diego Zen Center, and to serve as its Zen Teacher. He received Dharma Transmission from Joko in 1999. He is committed to the ongoing integration of the practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy and Zen. He is the author of "Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis" (Wisdom, 2002), and "Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide" (Wisdom, 2008).

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Latest Comments in this Retreat

  • tranced84's picture
    tranced84 commented on
    December 16, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the great talk Barry. I just started reading 'Ending the Pursuit of Happiness' and so far it is amazing;...

  • Morann's picture
    Morann commented on
    December 14, 2013, 9:13 pm

    I sit because I'm sad. And so do you. Don't lie.

  • phil38's picture
    phil38 commented on
    December 14, 2013, 6:56 pm

    I practice because I'm lighter from the experience.

  • barnesnr's picture
    barnesnr commented on
    November 24, 2013, 9:25 pm

    because I suffer