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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. 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, Going to PiecesWithout Falling Apart teaches us that only by letting go can we start on the path to a more peaceful and spiritually satisfying life."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780767902359
ISBN-10: 0767902351
Format: Paperback
(220mm x 134mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
Publisher: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark (Mark William) Epstein

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.

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