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Going on Being: Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and Psychotherapy by [Mark Epstein]

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"Through a graceful and generous recounting of his own quest for healing, Mark Epstein brings together core insights of Buddhism and psychotherapy in a way that is newly illuminating. It will go among the handful of books that I keep near me for those times when I reach for true solace."--Noelle Oxenhandler, author of The Wishing Year

"Going on Being affirms the goodness of our existence and encourages an openness that keeps us fresh."--Michael Eigen, Ph.D., author of Rage

"Going on Being opens the door on what it means to understand ourselves, to grow and to change."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

"A calm comes over me when I read Mark Epstein's work. Going on Being extends Epstein's vision and provides a personal memoir of his introduction to Buddhist thought in the context of transformative relations ships with some remarkable men."--Stephen A. Mitchell, author of Freud and Beyond --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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The bestselling author of Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart combines a memoir of his own journey as a student of Buddhism and psychology with a powerful message about how cultivating true self-awareness and adopting a Buddhist understanding of change can free the mind.
"Meditation was the vehicle that opened me up to myself, but psychotherapy, in the right hands, has similar potential. It was actually through my own therapy and my own studies of Western psychoanalytic thought that I began to understand what meditation made possible. As compelling as the language of Buddhism was for me, I needed to figure things out in Western concepts as well. Psychotherapy came after meditation in my life, but it reinforced what meditation had shown me."
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. It is also 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 "paralysis ofanalysis." 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.
By chronicling how Buddhism and psychotherapy shaped his own growth, Mark Epstein has written an intimate chronicle of the evolution of spirit and psyche, and a highly inviting guide for anyone seeking a new path and a new outlook on life. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File size : 4019 KB
  • Print length : 188 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Wisdom Publications (10 February 2009)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • ASIN : B003XF1LNO
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