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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (223 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Epstein Narrator: Mark Epstein Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970604
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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.

In psychotherapy, Epstein discovered a vital interpersonal parallel to meditation, but he also recognized Western psychology's tendency to focus on problems, either by attempting to eliminate them or by going into them more deeply, and how this too often results in a frustrating "analysis of analysis." Buddhism opened his eyes to another way of change. Drawing on his own life and stories of his patients, he illuminates the concept of "going on being," the capacity we all have to live in a fully aware and creative state unimpeded by constraints or expectations.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/15/2013

    " Thought provoking book about Winnicott/object relations theory and Buddhism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 1/26/2013

    " Very honest book. Great exploration of psychology and Buddhism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen A. | 6/18/2012

    " This was a great book to listen to in the car. Dr. Epstein brought a lot of clarity to some of the more mysterious aspects of Buddhism. He is a psychiatrist and thus, for my western mind which is more familiar with therapy speak, he is able to bridge the gap between psychoanalysis and mindfulness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna Williams | 4/15/2012

    " so far i like the authors style of writing and the content "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/27/2012

    " I LOVED this book. :) It was one I bought hardcover and have read over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrée | 2/15/2012

    " A life changing book. Profound and, perhaps paradoxically, an easy and pleasant read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zaven | 12/12/2011

    " This is essentially Epstein's spiritual autobiography. It weaves a convincing fabric from the threads of Buddhist philosophy and psychotherapy. I found it highly readable and entertaining, and very helpful in understanding more of Buddhist psychology. Epstein is one of my favorite Buddhist authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bea | 7/4/2011

    " For some reason, the author and I are not quite on the same wavelength. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/22/2010

    " Yet another startling book from Epstein, this on re-read was more enlightening that the first time through. I cannot reocmmend his books enough, starting with the breakthrough THOUGHTS WITHOUT A THINKER. Buddhist psychology and western psychology has no better friend and matchmaker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/1/2010

    " One of my earlier favorites "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/8/2010

    " Philosophical rather than pragmatic. This is not a self-help book. It is about the author's journey in Buddhism, meditation, and psychotherapy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 4/29/2010

    " Decent ideas, short on pragmatic application (beyond 'meditate'). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 1/12/2010

    " lucid and thoughtful. great introduction to Buddhism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Mattocks | 7/24/2009

    " Epstein's writing style is earnest and accessible. Anyone interested in the intersection of Buddhist psychology and Western psychotherapy will gobble up Epstein's books like leftover Thanksgiving turkey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis Pullen | 6/27/2009

    " Need to reread the chapter on "The Klesha of I am not" and the one that follows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/29/2009

    " Yet another startling book from Epstein, this on re-read was more enlightening that the first time through. I cannot reocmmend his books enough, starting with the breakthrough THOUGHTS WITHOUT A THINKER. Buddhist psychology and western psychology has no better friend and matchmaker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/7/2009

    " One of my earlier favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen A. | 3/30/2008

    " This was a great book to listen to in the car. Dr. Epstein brought a lot of clarity to some of the more mysterious aspects of Buddhism. He is a psychiatrist and thus, for my western mind which is more familiar with therapy speak, he is able to bridge the gap between psychoanalysis and mindfulness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 3/13/2008

    " I LOVED this book. :) It was one I bought hardcover and have read over and over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/24/2007

    " Thought provoking book about Winnicott/object relations theory and Buddhism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 9/24/2007

    " lucid and thoughtful. great introduction to Buddhism "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 8/20/2007

    " so far i like the authors style of writing and the content "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 3/6/2007

    " Very honest book. Great exploration of psychology and Buddhism "

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About the Author

Mark Epstein, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice and the author of Thoughts without a Thinker. He is a contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and clinical assistant professor of psychology at New York University. He lives in New York City.