Main CategoriesBuddha and BuddhismWestern Buddhism Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart

Product no.: 0-7679-0235-1
For decades, Western psychology has promised fulfillment through building and strengthening the ego.

Product is in stock

Additional product information

Publisher's Synopsis

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.


"Moving effortlessly from the analyst's couch to the meditator's cushion, Pieces is an insightful and heartfelt exploration into the dilemma and joy of being human."     ~Stephen Batchelor, Awakening of the West

"A daring and profound synthesis of intelligence about emotions East and West. This provocative blend establishes Mark Epstein as one of psychology's most dazzling thinkers."      ~Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence

"...People come to me most often because they are unhappy with how cut off they feel, not because they are not separate or individuated enough. The traditional view of therapy as building up the ego simply does not do justice to what people's needs actually are. Most of us have developed our egos enough; what we suffer from is the accumulated tension of that development. We have trouble surrendering ourselves..."

Author Epstein, Mark
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 200 pp.
Publisher Broadway Books 1999
Browse these categories as well: Western Buddhism, Southern Buddhism, Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation, Self-Help and Relationships

We also recommend