Untangling Self - Praise

A Buddhist Investigation of Who We Really Are

Untangling Self invites us to see nonself, interdependence, and mindfulness as rational, real-world solutions to the human condition of suffering.



200 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614293002

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ISBN 9781614293217

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“Brilliant! This book is a breathtakingly clear synthesis of a vast body of early Buddhist teachings. It is the work of a Buddhist scholar and meditation practitioner who has the credibility and courage to challenge modern myths about Buddhism in light of the radical teachings of the Buddha. You will want to read it over and over to absorb the no-nonsense wisdom and liberating insights it offers for our lives and times.”—Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

“Olendzki has done it again. In this volume he manages to make difficult teachings accessible, but without losing the challenge posed to us by the Buddhist understanding of the self. His style is even a bit deceptive, writing about profound matters in a nearly conversational voice. This book is essential to all of us who continue to puzzle over the Buddhist formulation about the self.”—Paul Fulton, coauthor and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

“A rare gem. Wise, deeply rooted in the original Buddhist texts, Untangling Self is accessible and compelling, a roadmap for release from personal and societal suffering and a guide to a deeper understanding of mindfulness.”—Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

“Andrew Olendzki’s finely crafted essays effortlessly combine penetrating analyses of key ideas of early Buddhism with practical advice on how to apply them. By challenging core assumptions about who we think we are, Untangling Self opens the door to a radically new way of living in this world.”—Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism

“Olendzki’s perspective on Buddhist teachings carries the freshness of science and the fragrance of the Pali tradition. There are precious few Pali scholars with Andrew’s forty years of experience in the trenches of American Buddhism. His voice is natural, enabling the words to reach in and touch the reader. His sometimes surprising insights offer both challenge and inspiration.”—Gregory Kramer, meditation teacher and author of Insight Dialogue

“The book shines in that it makes Buddhist insight easy to understand.”—Tricycle: The Buddhist Quarterly


“[Untangling Self] forwards a compelling review of the basic tenets of Buddhism…Works on many levels for many audiences: those looking for a succinct, engaging introduction to Buddhist teachings; those seeking to deepen their understanding and meditation practice; and those exploring provocative solutions to the human condition of suffering.”—ForeWord Reviews