Thoughts Without A Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

Thoughts Without A Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

by Mark Epstein

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ISBN-13: 9780465050949
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 272,492
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Epstein, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of several books, including Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Going on Being, The Trauma of Everyday Life, and Advice Not Given. He practices psychiatry and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dalai Lama xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction: Knocking on Buddha's Door 1

Part I The Buddha's Psychology of Mind

Chapter 1 The Wheel of Life: A Buddhist Model of the Neurotic Mind 15

Chapter 2 Humiliation: The Buddha's First Truth 43

Chapter 3 Thirst: The Buddha's Second Truth 59

Chapter 4 Release: The Buddha's Third Truth 75

Chapter 5 Nowhere Standing: The Buddha's Fourth Truth 89

Part II Meditation

Chapter 6 Bare Attention 109

Chapter 7 The Psychodynamics of Meditation 129

Part III Therapy

Chapter 8 Remembering 163

Chapter 9 Repeating 181

Chapter 10 Working Through 203

Notes 223

Index 235

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Thoughts without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
the_hag on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The blurb inside the dust jacket describes Thoughts Without a Thinker as ¿¿a major contribution to the exploration of discussion about how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology¿ and indeed it is. This book was probably a mind-blowing breakthrough when it was originally published¿and it still has value more than ten years later. I have no idea how this book wound up in my TBR pile, but I¿m glad it did. Epstein, a psychotherapist by trade (and mediatator and Buddhist practitioner as well) draws from his own personal experience, the experiences of his patients, and his experience as an accomplished psychotherapist to illustrate how Eastern spiritual practices can enhance the therapeutic process for Westerners. Readers may want to have some familiarity with psychological terms (particularly those related to psychotherapy) and a bit of knowledge about Freud and his contemporaries wouldn¿t hurt. The book is accessible even if a reader isn¿t already familiar with these terms, concepts and people (especially with the computer and internet available to Google while reading). This isn¿t really an introduction to meditation, mindfulness, or any tangible Buddhist practices, it does give an overview of the basics (enough so that the reader can understand it in the broader context of the book). For those people seeking an introduction to actual Buddhist practices and in depth discussion of the ideas behind it, one would definitely not want this to be the starting point. Thoughts Without a Thinker is more geared toward enlightening people about how these esoteric practices can be beneficial to and integrated in modern (Western) therapeutic practice. It was an interesting and thought provoking read that I would definitely recommend. I give it 4 stars.