Upon its first publication, this path breaking book launched an explosion of interest in how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. Since then, the worlds of Buddhism and psychotherapy have been forged into a revolutionary new understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life.
In his insightful introduction, Mark Epstein reflects on this revolution and considers how it is likely to evolve in the future.
©2004 Mark Epstein (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Mark Epstein’s book is inspired in its lucidity . . . After Thoughts Without a Thinker, psychotherapy without a Buddhist perspective looks like a diminished thing.” (Adam Phillips, author of On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored)
“A groundbreaking work…The book will take its place among the classics of the literature of meditation.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)
“A marvelous book that is at once scholarly and fresh, informative and personal.” (Stephen A. Mitchell, author of Freud and Beyond)
Yes definitely! Mark Epstein was one of the first buddhism teachers I discovered and his psychology background intrigued me when I was a young college student. The first book I read was Going on Being, and since then I've learned so much about meditation and buddhism and I reread that book recently and realized how he was the first one I read that started me on this path. I am continuing my path with all of his books on audio now. This one, Thoughts without a thinker, is my favorite!
It's a stand alone book.
That he reads it, that he makes it feel like you are there talking with him.
Yes! And I have more than once.
Dr. Epstein's writing is excellent and his skillful account of the topic at hand is obvious. I have no doubt that this would make for a fine traditional book read. As an audiobook, however, his presentation of the material severely diminished its effectiveness. The writer's narration sounded unenthusiastic and dull and I was unable to complete listening to the book.
A professional narrator.
If you are a psychotherapist and want insight into using Buddhism for your practice, this might be a good read for you.
If you are a Buddhist who doesn't want psychotherapy but you want an argument for going anyway, this might work.
For me, I found it interesting but unconvincing for my life. I felt he spent most of the time justifying why Buddhism and psychotherapy make good partners and I still only partially agree. I think those in psychotherapy would benefit from Buddhist thought but rarely the other way around.
precise, insightful, enlightening
It is a reminder of the beauty, thoroughness, meticulousness and truthfulness of Buddha dharma.
I've been studying and following Buddha's teachings for years. Mark Epstein knows the subject matter thoroughly.
He goes deep into Buddhism and how it relates to his current psychotherapy practice and how it can help other psychotherapists with their patients, but also includes a lot of information that's applicable to the every day reader. I thought the connections to Buddhism were quite strong, but I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with that. Overall an enjoyable read.
I'm not sure what it was, but something about the narrator or writing made it really difficult to follow this book. It's a shame, really, because the content was so good.
If you have are uncomfortable with the philosophy of Buddhism as a western this book provides great linkage and explanation around it and Western psychology. There are also many other insights including clarity over meditation and how the west has changed it.
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