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Title:
The Zen path through depression
Author:
Martin, Philip, 1955-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiii, 146 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780060654450

9780060654467
Format :
Book

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Central Library BQ9288 .M36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

A guide to the wilderness that is depression, this text is a practical resource that takes the reader through the realities of depression, the fears and doubts that are so intrinsic to this condition.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

At age 37, Buddhist scholar and psychiatric social worker Martin found himself in the grips of a depression that initially eluded his reliance on Buddhist practice to stay balanced. However, like Jonathan Zuess, M.D., the author of last year's The Wisdom of Depression, Martin eventually found in depression an unexpected opportunity for spiritual exploration. He has distilled the lessons he learned into 43 brief essays on topics such as pain, impermanence, death, faith and selflessness, each of which aim to encourage the patient to accept and examine depression rather than attempt to escape or heal it. In contrast to popular conceptions of Buddhism as "a dry, joyless, intellectual exercise," Martin asserts that "the path Buddha offered is one of turning toward and moving into joy." His meditative exercises will have a familiar ring to readers already versed in the subject. Among the more innovative ones are those dealing with thoughts of suicide and death, in which he recommends writing one's prospective obituary or imagining in detail the genuine effect of one's suicide on others, including those who discover the body. Agent, Scott Edelstein. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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