Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

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Basic Books, Nov 23, 2004 - Psychology - 242 pages
Thoughts Without a Thinker is the landmark book that brought the worlds of Buddhism and psychotherapy into contact with each other, and changed thousands of lives. Drawing upon his own experience as therapist, meditator, and patient, Mark Epstein, a New York-based psychiatrist trained in classical Freudian methods, integrates Western psychotherapy and the teachings of Buddhism.In accessible, intimate language, this enlightening guide explains the unique psychological contributions of the teachings of Buddhism, describes the path of meditation in contemporary psychological language, and lays out the possibility of a meditation-inspired psychotherapy. Mark Epstein's new introduction reflects on the impact of the book and on the evolving relationship between psychotherapy and Buddhism.

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User Review  - gratefulyoga - LibraryThing

Epstein is a meditation teacher as well as a psychotherapist, and he draws on both traditions to help explain how we get ourselves so stuck in suffering, and then how we can find a way out. Insightful and engaging. Read full review

THOUGHTS WITHOUT A THINKER: Psychotherapy From a Buddhist Perspective

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An intriguing, if only partly successful, effort to apply Buddhist insights, particularly from meditation, to patient- therapist dynamics. A New Yorkbased psychiatrist and consulting editor to the ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Mark Epstein, M.D., a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School, has a private practice in New York City.

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