Going on Being: Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Going on Being: Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

by Mark Epstein
     
 

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Before he began training as a psychiatrist, Mark Epstein immersed himself in Buddhism through influential teachers such as Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Buddhism's positive outlook and the meditative principle of living in the moment profoundly influenced his study and practice of psychotherapy. Going on Being is an intimate chronicle of

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Before he began training as a psychiatrist, Mark Epstein immersed himself in Buddhism through influential teachers such as Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Buddhism's positive outlook and the meditative principle of living in the moment profoundly influenced his study and practice of psychotherapy. Going on Being is an intimate chronicle of those formative years as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems can help anyone change for the better. Epstein gives readers a deeply personal look into his life, thoughts, fears, and hopes, while detailing the influences that have shaped his worldview. Inspiring in its honesty and humility, Going on Being is a compassionate, brilliant look at how uniting the worlds of psyche and spirit can lead to a new way of seeing reality.

Editorial Reviews

Mandala
"This brilliant, compassionate book is rich in insight: the author describes his own journey, not just as a psychiatrist, but as a spiritual seeker like the rest of us. Whether he is relating as a counselor, a friend, a student, a partner, or a parent, his jouney is universal, descibed in liquid prose that flows effortlessly."
Sharon Salzberg
"Going on Being opens the door on what it means to understand ourselves, to grow and to change."
Stephen A. Mitchell
"A calm comes over me when I read Mark Epstein's work. Going on Being extends Epstein's vision and provides a personal memoir of his introduction to Buddhist thought in the context of transformative relations ships with some remarkable men."
Noelle Oxenhandler
"Through a graceful and generous recounting of his own quest for healing, Mark Epstein brings together core insights of Buddhism and psychotherapy in a way that is newly illuminating. It will go among the handful of books that I keep near me for those times when I reach for true solace."
Michael Eigen
"Going on Being affirms the goodness of our existence and encourages an openness that keeps us fresh."
Elle
"Lucid and thoughtful."
Booklist
"Like the best Buddhist masters, Epstein tells wonderful stories, full of wisdom and flashes of inspiration. From the stories emerges a way of being and seeing."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861715695
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Pages:
225
Sales rank:
481,864
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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