ISBN 9780553278323,If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him

If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him


Sheldon Kopp


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 1982

ISBN 9780553278323

ISBN-10 0553278320


Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

Personal Development & Self-Help

If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him is a book by a psychotherapist who embarks on a journey to self-understanding and self-discovery. The book advocates going beyond a master or a therapist and accepting ones own responsibility of life rather than depending on a mentor. In the book, the people who suffer psychologically are referred to as pilgrims and the people they look up to, as gurus. The journey to self-realization is referred to as a pilgrimage. The book tries to focus the attention of the patients to their inner strength rather than their psychotherapists. The book tells the victory is giving up ones inner struggles and accepting the self and knowing that there is an ultimate truth that is elusive to everyone. He brings to light the fact that no Buddha can create a miracle for one's self-realization and hence the provocative title, If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, is used metaphorically. Sheldon B Kopp was born on March 29, 1929, in New York City. He was an author and a psychotherapist. He did his Ph.D. from the New School of Social Research. He has been a psychotherapy supervisor for Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers, Washington. Sheldon B Kopp is also very popular for his various quotes. He has also written the books, The Pickpocket and the Saint: Free Play of the Imagination, Guru: Metaphors from a Psychotherapist, and an End to Innocence: Facing Life without Illusions. He died on March 29, 1999.