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This book investigates the nature of the self as seen from psychology, science, literature and Zen. It shows how an authentic understanding of the nature of the self is necessary to successfully navigate key life experiences, including parents, setbacks, creativity, relationships and aging. Notably, it examines Zen insights on the nature of the self and shows how these ins This book investigates the nature of the self as seen from psychology, science, literature and Zen. It shows how an authentic understanding of the nature of the self is necessary to successfully navigate key life experiences, including parents, setbacks, creativity, relationships and aging. Notably, it examines Zen insights on the nature of the self and shows how these insights are compatible with scientific findings and insights from Western literature. The author ends each chapter with a poem to give a fuller appreciation of the prose descriptions. "A charming distillation of a lifetime's practice blended with homegrown wisdom" Barry Magid, Zen teacher and psychoanalyst, author of "Nothing is Hidden: the Psychology of Zen Koans" and "Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: a Zen guide" "The prose and poems ... are wonderful pointers ... a roadmap to a happy and healthy human life", Laurie Lyons, Zen teacher in Naples Florida.


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This book investigates the nature of the self as seen from psychology, science, literature and Zen. It shows how an authentic understanding of the nature of the self is necessary to successfully navigate key life experiences, including parents, setbacks, creativity, relationships and aging. Notably, it examines Zen insights on the nature of the self and shows how these ins This book investigates the nature of the self as seen from psychology, science, literature and Zen. It shows how an authentic understanding of the nature of the self is necessary to successfully navigate key life experiences, including parents, setbacks, creativity, relationships and aging. Notably, it examines Zen insights on the nature of the self and shows how these insights are compatible with scientific findings and insights from Western literature. The author ends each chapter with a poem to give a fuller appreciation of the prose descriptions. "A charming distillation of a lifetime's practice blended with homegrown wisdom" Barry Magid, Zen teacher and psychoanalyst, author of "Nothing is Hidden: the Psychology of Zen Koans" and "Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: a Zen guide" "The prose and poems ... are wonderful pointers ... a roadmap to a happy and healthy human life", Laurie Lyons, Zen teacher in Naples Florida.

4 review for The Nature of the Self: Insights from Science and Zen in Poetry and Prose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marty Sullivan

    An intriguing, helpful and captivating read. I really enjoyed the poems at the end of each Chapter. I feel as if I have had a burden lifted after reading this intriguing book. Who would think the idea of having no self would actually make one more secure in their own sense of self. I’ve read a lot of self help books and, although it is not outwardly of this genre, Mr. Sullivan’s practical wisdom and deep insight into the nature of the self has been incredibly helpful to me. I highly recommend th An intriguing, helpful and captivating read. I really enjoyed the poems at the end of each Chapter. I feel as if I have had a burden lifted after reading this intriguing book. Who would think the idea of having no self would actually make one more secure in their own sense of self. I’ve read a lot of self help books and, although it is not outwardly of this genre, Mr. Sullivan’s practical wisdom and deep insight into the nature of the self has been incredibly helpful to me. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to “grow, grow, grow”.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly A Kraatz

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