We Have a Gabor Maté Giveaway Winner!
Thank you Samsarah, and everyone else who entered the contest!
In case you missed it, some details of Dr. Maté’s book are below. Even if you didn’t win, we hope you’re inspired to find out more about his Buddhist take on the incredibly challenging problem of addiction.
If you cherish Gabor Maté’s work, and you’re into Buddhism, then 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.“