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Thoughts without a Thinker : Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective - Mark (Mark William) Epstein

Thoughts without a Thinker

Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

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This text discusses how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. As patients and therapists find themselves reaching for new solutions to their problems, the traditional disctinctions between matters of the mind and matters of the spirit are increasingly being questioned. This book is written by a traditionally trained psychotherapist who has immersed himself in the Buddhist tradition. Drawing on his own experiences as patient, meditator and therapist, the author argues that the contemplative traditions of the East help patients go beyond merely recognizing their problems to healing them, and that such an approach is not at odds with the psychodynamic method. The book begins by focusing on the Buddhist perspective. Dispelling misconceptions common even among those already practising meditative techniques, this section presents the Buddha's psychological teachings in the language of Western psychodynamics. It then goes on to explain the meditative practices of bare attention, concentration, mindfulness, and analytical inquiry, and shows how they speak to issues at the forefront of psychological concern. Finally, the book uses Freud's treatise of psychotherapy - "Remembering, repeating and working-through" - as a template to show how the Buddha's teaching can complement, inform and energize the practice of psychotherapy.

Foreword by the Dalai Lamap. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction Knocking on Buddha's Doorp. 1
the Buddha's Psychology of Mindp. 11
Wheel of Life: a Buddhist Model of the Neurotic Mindp. 15
Humiliation: the Buddha's First Truthp. 43
Thirst: the Buddha's Second Truthp. 59
Release: the Buddha's Third Truthp. 75
Nowhere Standing: the Buddha's Fourth Truthp. 89
Meditationp. 103
Bare Attentionp. 109
the Psychodynamics of Meditationp. 129
Therapyp. 157
Rememberingp. 163
Repeatingp. 181
Working Throughp. 203
Notesp. 223
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780715627112
ISBN-10: 0715627112
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.34