In psychologically rich essays that equally probe traditional Buddhist thought and contemporary issues, Andrew Olendzki helps us to reconcile ancient Buddhist thought with our day-to-day life. His writing is sophisticated and engaged, filled with memorable imagery and insight drawn from decades of study, reflection, and meditation on Buddhist teachings. Seasoned Buddhist readers and anyone interested in the intellectual heart of Buddhism will find this collection of fascinating essays rewarding.
Untangling Self invites us to see nonself, interdependence, and mindfulness as rational, real-world solutions to the human condition of suffering.
“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
“The book shines in that it makes Buddhist insight easy to understand.”—Tricycle: The Buddhist Quarterly