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Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. He received his M.D. from the New Jersey College of Medicine in 1975, and completed his psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in 1981. He has published numerous articles within the psychoanalytic field of Self Psychology and is the editor of "Freud's Case Studies: Self Psychological Perspectives (Analytic Press 1993).

In October 1996, Charlotte Joko Beck gave him permission to establish The Ordinary Mind Zendo as an affiliate of the San Diego Zen Center, and to serve as its Zen Teacher. He received Dharma Transmission from Joko in 1999. He is committed to the ongoing integration of the practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy and Zen.

Since 1989, he has also hand printed books at the Center for Books Arts in New York City, and published limited editions of works by Wendell Berry, Guy Davenport, Mark Doty, Jonathan Greene, Jim Harrison, James Laughlin, Thomas Merton, Robert Stone, Charles Tomlinson, Jonathan Williams, William Carlos Williams and others under the imprint of the Dim Gray Bar Press. His own translation of Diogenes Laertius, "Life of Zeno," was published by Larkspur Press in 1996.

He is the author of "Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis" (Wisdom, 2002), and "Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide" (Wisdom, 2008).

Going it Alone - The Unaffiliated Buddhist, in: Buddhadharma, Spring 2010
Sweeping Zen: An interview with Barry Magid
Perfectly Useless: Zen teacher Barry Magid

A report from the Discovering Happiness weekend with Sharon Salzberg, Gaylon Ferguson, Polly Young-Eisendrath, and Barry Magid is availabe at:

Barry Magid would be happy to hear your comments on his talks and to answer practice related questions. You can email him at:

He cannot provide psychotherapy or any form of psychiatric or medical advice via email.