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Before Mark Epstein became a medical student at Harvard and began training as a psychiatrist, he immersed himself in Buddhism through experiences with such influential Buddhist teachers as Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. The positive outlook of Buddhism and the meditative principle of living in the moment came to influence his study and practice of psychotherapy profoundly. Going on Being is Epstein's memoir of his early years as a student of Buddhism and of how Buddhism shaped his approach to therapy, as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems makes change for the better possible.
©2001 by Mark Epstein (P)2001 by Audio Renaissance, an imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

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  • Joseph
  • brentwood, NH, USA
  • 02-25-03

Blissfull commuting

Having been a fan of the author's books for many years selected him for the first audio book to purchase. Wasn't disappointed one bit. So nice to have the book read in the author's wonderful voice. Much more powerful than turning pages, leaves the mind free to ponder the ideas being provided. Took a long trip in the car and played the book from my PDA through a cassette converter into my car radio. Driving time flew by. Didn't achieve enlightenment this trip but there is always tommorrows commute.

Recommend the book highly. Wonderful bridge of western psychology for one side of the brain and eastern wisdowm for the other.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Lucid Teaching for Living In the Moment

Mark Epstein is a brilliant psychiatrist (Harvard undergrad and Harvard Medical) and a practicing Buddhist. He first began to practice buddhism during his undergraduate days at Harvard, spending time at Naropa in Boulder, CO, and with various Buddhist teachers in the Boston area. His world view of what it means to live an enlightened life, to be present, is deeply informed by the intersection of the best of Buddhist and Western psychology. This intersection is a very fertile place for us. Mark reads his work in a delightful and engaging style. This, and all his books, are highly recommended.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lotus54
  • New England, USA
  • 02-26-11

A Different Take on Buddhism

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It's written from a psychology perspective, and although it's a very simple read (or listen), it's very poignant. It's told in an easy to listen to way, with the authors' conversations and experiences both as a buddhist and a psychiatrist, and the two concepts mesh nicely.

I also love it when I learn something new, and he made several very interesting observations that will have me going back and listening to it several times to fully absorb it.

My only complaint is that I wish it were longer, but it's a great read!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

I enjoy listening to this book over and over again. I have listen to it about 3 different times. I hear something new everytime. I highly recommend it.

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Disappointed

I chose this book after listening to Dan Harris 10% happier which I listened to three times.

I was disappointed with this book and found it hard to connect with and difficult to understand. I often found myself feeling "stupid". I also had difficulty with the narrator's voice. There was little change in tone and inflection.

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Voice interrupted

A book with interesting points and information. I was overly distracted by the narrators voice. Forcing me to have to rewind over and over. Would recommend The Untethered Soul.

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On the very inspirational. Excellent !!.I love the story and the narrator was very My Opinion.

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Please hire a narrator!

I had a really hard time with this book only because of the voice not the content. Authors, especially Psychiatrists, have got to stick with what they are good at and leave narration to the professionals. I'll try again but in kindle format.

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Classic

Every therapist needs to listen to this integration of Buddhism and Psychotherapy. This is one my top 50 Psychotherapy books of all time.

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Awereness

The author pointed a lot of things that I've realized on my own journey, helping me to remind them and still be aware.

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