The Zen Path Through Depression

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9780060654467: The Zen Path Through Depression

A beautifully simple and practical guide to how Buddhist wisdom can help heal depression – by a counsellor who uses Zen practices and ideas to overcome his own chronic depression.

Drawing on his own struggle, Philip Martin reveals another path people can travel to get through depression – one that not only eases the pain, but mends the spirit. Extremely accessible to people with little or no Zen experience as well as to longtime students of Buddhism,The Zen Path Through Depression shows how the insights and exercises of Zen offer relief for those suffering from depression.

This groundbreaking guide shows how to cope and heal, and even how to see the experience as an opportunity for spiritual growth and learning. Leading readers step-by-step through a recovery process that uses walking meditation and other meditative ways of enhancing awareness, koans, and other Zen teachings, Martin offers true help and spiritual guidance on the path to healing and contentment.

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‘Philip Martin has written a wise, compassionate, and nurturing guide through the self-oppression of depression.’
Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., author of How to Heal Depression and Healing Anxiety Naturally.

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This unique guide shows you how to ease depression through the spiritual practice of Zen. Phillip Martin offers instruction on how to heal the soul suffering from despair. His lessons, full of gentle guidance and sensitivity, are a product of his personal experiences in using Zen practices and wisdom to alleviate his own depression.

The techniques Martin suggests are easy to follow, while his advice is basic and practical. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of depression and recommends a meditation or reflection. With these tools, coping with depression becomes a way to mend the spirit while enriching the soul.

'A wonderful, strong, breath directly into the heart. Martin lays a very healing foundation for addressing suffering with love and awareness. For those lost in unhappiness, 'The Zen Path through Depression' offers the possibility of joy. Happiness comes from getting what you want; joy from being who you truly are'
STEPHEN LEVINE author of 'A Year to Live'

'Philip Martin offers clear-eyed Zen medicine for those afflicted with depression and for everyone who seeks to use their fluctuating mental states to see more clearly. His exercises are particularly helpful in avoiding the pitfalls of obsessive or stagnant practice.'
SENSEI PAT ENKYO O'HARA 'Village Zendo, New York'

'An insightful book.'
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