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David Loy has just come out with a new book called Money, Sex, War, Karma: A Guide to Buddhist Revolution. I am waiting for my copy in the mail. Meantime I thought I would recommend one of his other books. It has many answers to many questions.
It is called Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Life and Death in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism.
He reviews common "ailments" that we encounter and goes through the different perspective on them. From the idea of repression to that of fear of death. And what are fundamental anxieties.
The end result is a very clear outline of how Buddhism goes the farthest in answering the real questions. That it is fear of the not self that really underlies all the other anxieties, even death. And that is what keeps us perpetuating action forward, as if somehow to cover up that that self does not exist. A fascinating read.