Blending the lessons of psychotherapy with Buddhist teachings, Mark Epstein offers a revolutionary understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life
The line between psychology and spirituality has blurred, as clinicians, their patients, and religious seekers explore new perspectives on the self. A landmark contribution to the field of psychoanalysis, Thoughts Without a Thinker describes the unique psychological contributions offered by the teachings of Buddhism. Drawing upon his own experiences as a psychotherapist and meditator, New York-based psychiatrist Mark Epstein lays out the path to meditation-inspired healing, and offers a revolutionary new understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life.
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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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.