25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2000
This book demonstrates in a readable, entertaining style how Buddhist philosophy and western psychotherapeutic approaches can be married together and indeed complement each other to form a wholly more inclusive way of dealing with psychological problems. It gives a summary of the basic tenets of Buddhism and the meditative approach to fulfillment but demonstrates how this is of itself insufficient to the western person with their wholly different lifestyle and background to the eastern mystics. At the same time it shows how the western psychotherapeutic approach has its limitations which can be advanced by the introduction of the Buddhist philosophy and metitative techniques. it is a book equally applicable to those with psychological problems that they are seeking to deal with as it is to those who are looking for self-development. A book that can be thoroughly enjoyed by the casual reader, those looking to explore and develop their inner worlds or the practising therapist.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2001
As an aspiring psychology student, I purchased this book with the intention of simply seeing psychoanalsis through a new perspective. However, after carefully reading this work, including the insightful introduction from the Dalai Lama, I soon realized that I not only had a new conception of psychoanalysis, but of Buddhism as well. This book should be especially picked up by anyone who has ever seen Buddhism as yet another 'New Age' concept or 'feel good' pseudo-science. Finally, the West has an opportunity to not only get a good understanding of Buddhism through terms we can relate to, but also an unique vision of the possibilities of psychoanalysis.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2009
I loved reading this book. Mark Epsteins truly conveys through his words the intelligence, clarity and breadth of understanding of his approach. A breath of fresh air.