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July 19, 2009

I appreciate the profile Susan Salter Reynolds wrote of me ("A Stillness Within Stephen Mitchell," April 12) and the kindness, sincerity and interest she brought to it. But there are a few points that I would like to clarify.

Reynolds wrote that I found solace in the Book of Job. What I found was not solace but its opposite: a ferociously demanding question about human suffering.

She also wrote that I felt I had a right to the material I work with. I don't feel that I have a right to anything. I am just grateful that the material is there.

Reynolds wrote that I think "Western therapy doesn't work." I don't think that. What I think is that Western therapy doesn't go to the root of human suffering, as "The Work of Byron Katie" does.

Stephen Mitchell

Ojai

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