Thoughts Without a Thinker

The line between psychology and spirituality has blurred, as clinicians, their
patients, and religious seekers explore new perspectives on the self. A landmark contribution to the field of psychoanalysis, Thoughts Without a Thinker describes how Buddhist teachings in particular have reshaped understandings of our minds and behavior. Drawing upon his own experiences as a psychotherapist and meditator, New York-based psychiatrist Mark Epstein lays out the path to meditation inspired healing. Now with a new preface by the author, Thoughts Without a Thinker offers a revolutionary understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life.


“Eloquent yet down-to-earth, this gem offers an exhilarating and expansive perspective on the therapeutic process.”
“A highly personal, thoughtful, illuminating synthesis…. Patients, psychologists, and meditators…will find much spiritual nourishment.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Mark Epstein’s book is inspired in its lucidity…. After Thoughts Without a Thinker, psychotherapy without a Buddhist perspective looks like a diminished thing.”
—Adam Phillips, author of Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life
“A groundbreaking work…. The book will take its place among the classics of the literature of meditation.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness for Beginners