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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness

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An intimate guide to self-acceptance and discovery that offers a Buddhist perspective on wholeness within the framework of a Western understanding of self.

For decades, Western psychology has promised fulfillment through building and strengthening the ego. We are taught that the ideal is a strong, individuated self, constructed and reinforced over a lifetime. But Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein has found a different way. Based on the premise that the Western notion of self is deeply flawed, 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--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 his own life and stories from his patients, Epstein leads us through a series of intimate and emotionally resonant chapters that explore key psychological and spiritual experiences such as emptiness, connection, passion, and relief. Highly personal and engaging, 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.

About the Author

Mark Epstein, M.D., 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767902342
Subtitle:
A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness
Author:
Epstein, Mark
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Self-Esteem
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Psychotherapy
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Rituals
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Buddhism -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Psychotherapy - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
July 1998
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.53x5.90x.83 in. .84 lbs.

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