Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness Audiobook, by Mark Epstein Play Audiobook Sample

Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness Audiobook

Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness Audiobook, by Mark Epstein Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781494579531

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Longest Chapter Length:

42:27 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11:38 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

33:37 minutes

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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart shows us that happiness doesn't come from any kind of acquisitiveness, be it material or psychological. Happiness comes from letting go. Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds—Buddhism and Western psychotherapy—Mark Epstein shows how "the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego's need to do with our inherent capacity to be." He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control. Drawing on events in Epstein's own life and stories from his patients, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart teaches us that only by letting go can we start on the path to a more peaceful and spiritually satisfying life.

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“Plato’s Socrates once wondered whether he should be a politician or a physician—that is, whether he should try to serve the existing tastes and interests of his fellow citizens or continually work to improve their minds and souls. Going to Pieces without Falling Apartwill appeal to physicians, therapists, and patients who, like Socrates, opt for the latter.”

— New England Journal of Medicine 


  • “A daring and profound synthesis of intelligence about emotions East and West…establishes Mark Epstein as one of psychology’s most dazzling thinkers.”

    — Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence
  • “[Epstein] elegantly describes how psychotherapy and meditation can help us manage our most powerful emotions—and make us feel more alive and whole in the process.”

    — Psychology Today
  • “Exhilarating…brilliant and original…Important because it shows how work on the pains and pleasures of our own lives can be a means of transformation.”

    — New Age
  • “A thought-provoking look at how to break free from psychological materialism.”

    — Utne Reader
  • An insightful blending of two disciplines, one analytical, one spiritual.

    — Booklist

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About Mark Epstein

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.

About Patrick Lawlor

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.