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Psychotherapy and Buddhist thought have long been considered separate worlds – psychotherapy is about optimizing the mind and minimizing the impact of emotional trauma, while Buddhist practice emphasizes letting go, acceptance, and finding peace. But what do Western psychotherapy and Buddhism have in common? They are both ways of seeking happiness and fulfillment in life.
On today’s episode, Dr. Mark Epstein, psychotherapist, and bestselling author, made the case for how the two approaches complement, and even amplify one another. His study under luminaries in both Eastern and Western thought, including Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Timothy Leary, the Dalai Lama, and many others super-charged his ability to serve patients over the years. Dr. Epstein’s newest work, “The Zen of therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life,” infuses his personal mental health story with experiences from his therapy practice.
Together, Western psychotherapy and Buddhist practices can be used as tools to improve your life- or at least how you feel about it.