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Mark Epstein, M.D.

Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice. He is the author of Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness. Before Mark Epstein became a medical student at Harvard and began training as a psychiatrist, he immersed himself in Buddhism through experiences with such influential Buddhist teachers as Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield.

Going on Being

In Going on Being (review or buy), Mark Epstein combines a memoir of his own journey as a student of Buddhism and psychology with a powerful message about how cultivating true self-awareness and adopting a Buddhist understanding of change can free the mind.  "Meditation was the vehicle that opened me up to myself, but psychotherapy, in the right hands, has similar potential. It was actually through my own therapy and my own studies of Western psychoanalytic thought that I began to understand what meditation made possible."