In this episode we talked with author and psychiatrist Mark Epstein, whose books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. His latest book, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, uses Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path as a roadmap for spiritual and psychological growth. According to Mark, Buddhism and psychotherapy arrive at the same conclusion: When we give the ego free rein, we suffer, but when the ego learns to let go, we are free.
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Discussed in This Episode
- The Four Noble Truths
- The Noble Eightfold Path
- Mark’s profile in the New York Times
- Herbert Benson’s Relaxation Response
- What is the ego?
- The Buddhist concept of no-self
- What Buddhism and psychotherapy can learn from each other
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