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  Thoughts Without a Thinker
By: Epstein Mark




 
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Author: Epstein, Mark
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 465085857

Product Code: 5916
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Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
Thoughts without a Thinker is a major contribution to the exploration of discussion about how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology.

As patients and therapists find themselves reaching for new solutions to their problems, the traditional distinctions between matters of the mind and matters of the spirit are increasingly being questioned. Here is the first book on the subject by a classically trained psychiatrist who has immersed himself in the Buddhist tradition.

Drawing on his own experiences asÊpatient, meditator, and therapist, Mark Epstein argues that the contemplative traditions of the East help patients go beyond merely recognizing their problems to healing them. FarÊfrom being at odds with the psychodynamic method, such an approach is in fact just what the doctor might order.

Epstein explains the uniqueÊpsychological contributions of the teachings of Buddhism, describes the path ofÊmeditation in contemporary psychological language, and lays the groundwork for a meditation-inspired psychotherapy. Part I of the book is an orientation to the Buddhist perspective. Dispelling misconceptions common even among those alreadyÊpracticing meditative techniques, this section presents the Buddha's psychological teachings inÊthe language of Western psychodynamics. Part II explains the meditative practices of bare attention, concentration, mindfulness, and analytic inquiry, and shows how they speak to issues atÊthe forefront of psychological concern.

Part III uses Freud's treatise on the practice of psychotherapy, "Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through," as a template to show how the Buddha's teachings can complement, inform, and energize the practice of psychotherapy. Indeed, Epstein reveals that many of today's important clinical psychotherapists have been, often unknowingly, "knocking on Buddha's door."

Thoughts Without a Thinker, Mark Epstein, Basic Books, Paperback,1995, 242 pp., $14.50

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