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Not-So-Secret Buddhist Reveal and Book Giveaway: Gabor Maté

Are you a fan of the work of physician Gabor Maté?

Yep. So are we.

And so is Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, who says of him:

“Gabor Maté’s connections—between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political—are bold, wise and deeply moral. He is a healer to be cherished…”

And that’s why we’re excited to give away a signed copy of his latest book, autographed “To a Turning Wheel reader.” Pretty nifty, no?

If you cherish Dr. Maté’s work, and you’re into Buddhism?

Well, you’ve probably noticed some…resonances.

Take the title of his latest book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.  Buddhist.

And how about the name of his recent talk, sponsored by KPFA in Berkeley? “Beyond the Hungry Ghost In Politics: How Self-Awareness Within Supports Progress Without.”  Buddhist.

And his recommendation, toward the end of said talk, that everyone study Eastern contemplative practices, including Buddhist meditation?  Uh, wait … hold on, lemme think … oh right — BUDDHIST!

Especially seeing as how he capped off that talk by inviting the entire audience to participate in guided mindfulness and stress-relief practices, right then and there.  I did them; they felt great.  I mean, really: that’s some serious ehipassiko (come see for yourself.)

If you want to know more about the book, we stumbled upon a terrific, deeply personal review by spiritual blogger Mike Dorman, who explains that “Gabor Maté’s heart-felt argument on the medical approach to addiction … challenges all of us to extend our powers of forgiveness. Extend it, even, to one of the most demonized segments of society. The addict, Maté argues, is closer to all of us than we’d care to admit, and society pushes said addict to the margins so it can avoid that mirror.

How To Enter the Giveaway Drawing for In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

1. Comment on this post. You can say anything you want in your comment, but if you need some inspiration, you can say why you appreciate Dr. Maté’s work, or share a meaningful experience in your dharma practice that involves addiction to anything (substances, foodstuffs, western civilization?).

2. Share the link from BPF’s Facebook page. For us to see your Share, you gotta (1) “Like” us and share from our post so we can track it. OR (2) Make sure that your post is visible to everyone. If you have any questions, please message us on Facebook.

3. Tweet about it. post this on your Twitter feed:  RT @BuddhistPeace Not-So-Secret Buddhist Gabor Maté signed book giveaway… enter here!

4. Sign up for our e-newsletter to get TWM/BPF updates in your email inbox. If you’re already a subscriber, you don’t need to sign up again — by leaving a comment below, you’ll automatically have two entries!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 PM PST, Wednesday, October 3. We’ll draw the winner and announce the results on Thursday, October 4. Good luck!

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[Note: the autographed book does not represent official endorsement by Dr. Maté of Turning Wheel Media or the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.]

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Comments (1)

  • Michael Cohen

    I’m also a big fan of Dr. Maté’s work and am glad to know there are others out there who agree. To me, his ideas are basic common sense.

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