Untangling Self invites us to see nonself, interdependence, and mindfulness as rational, real-world solutions to the human condition of suffering.
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.
“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
“The book shines in that it makes Buddhist insight easy to understand.”
“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
“Brilliant! A breathtakingly clear synthesis of a vast body of early Buddhist teachings.”
– Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
“Olendzki’s perspective on Buddhist teachings carries the freshness of science and the fragrance of the Pali tradition. His voice is natural, enabling the words to reach in and touch the reader.”
– Gregory Kramer, meditation teacher and author of Insight Dialogue
“A rare gem, accessible and compelling.”
– Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EDD, President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
“Essential to all of us who continue to puzzle over the Buddhist formulation about the self.”
– Paul Fulton, coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy