Book: The Zen of Therapy by Mark Epstein, MD

This book was recently reviewed at The New York Times and has generated quite a few comments in the reader comment section of the article. I haven’t read the book, but on the basis of the review it sounds like the author is convinced that there are many connections that can be made between Western psychotherapy and Buddhist practice.

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He has several books covering similar themes. His first “best-seller” book was “Thoughts Without a Thinker” - Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective, 1995.

I remember reading it a while ago and at that time with my very limited knowledge of both fields found it to be quite an interesting read (I wasn’t trying to read it very critically for any kind of accuracy of interpretation etc.)

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Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: a Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness.
Advice not Given: a Guide to Getting over Oneself.
Open to Desire: the Truth about what The Buddha Taught.
Psychotherapy Without a Self: A Buddhist Perspective.
The Trauma of Everyday Life.
Going on Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change
Open to Desire: …
What the Buddha Felt: …

He’s been around a while. After exposure to therapists who wanted me to build a stronger sense of self, I found Going to Pieces and Thoughts Without a Thinker rather helpful.