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    Hello. I have some problems to understand bold idioms of the paragraph. May you help me? Thanks.

    Although there was a flurry of interest in Buddhism by psychoanalytic thinkers such as Erich Fromm and Karen Horney in the 1950s and 1960s, this interest to some extent went underground until recent years. Currently, however, there is a marked resurgence of interest in the topic, as reflected in the popularity of books by authors such as Mark Epstein (1995, 1998, 2001), Jeffrey Rubin (1996), John Suler (1993), Anthony Molino (1998), and Barry Magid (2002). Epstein’s books in particular seem to have struck a chord with both a nonprofessional audience and the psychoanalytic community. This increased interest parallels the tremendous popularity of Buddhism in popular culture, where, to paraphrase John Lennon’s quip about the Beatles being more popular than Jesus Christ, the Dalai Lama wins the contest with Sigmund Freud, hands down. While the devout analyst may regard this statement as sacrilegious, like it or not, Buddhism gives every sign of being here to stay within our culture. and its influence on psychoanalytic thinking is growing.

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    Default Re: Idioms in the paragraph

    It's really easy to search for idioms online. Why not try that first then let us know if you still have questions.

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    I searched for them in the internet, but I wonder if there is no specific meanings. I just wanted to be sure.

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    "To some extent" - I'm not sure if this is even an idiom at all. It means what is says. In this case, the interest did not go completely, totally underground. It did so only partially.

    "Struck a chord" - to cause someone to remember something; to remind someone of something; to be familiar.

    "While the devout analyst may regard this statement as sacrilegious" - ​I'm not sure what you think is idiomatic here.

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    struck a chord - They mean here that Epstein's books reminded to those both groups about the topic?

    And about the last. Maybe there is no an idiom. But that ''sacrilegious'', I guess they mean not the religious meaning, but indirect meaning, don't they?
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    They mean that Epstein's books were well received by those audiences. Think of it as triggering an emotional response or "resonating" with the audience.

    "Sacrilegious" here means to go against the thoughts and beliefs they hold dear. It's not "religion" per se, but it is their professional "religion."

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