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We in the West are bombarded with ways to enhance our sense of self. Books everywhere promise ways to increase self-confidence, self-esteem, self-expression, self-control, self-development. As more and more Westerners become acquainted with Eastern thought, they mistakenly feel that it is only through a negation of the self that one can achieve enlightenment. Mark Epstein, a Buddhist psychiatrist says, "It's wrong to think that Buddhist insight wipes out the ego-self; it wipes out the identification of whatever is happening in the mind/body process; but for that ability to be present is actually an ego function." Discover the intricate complexities of the ego and the self in this insightful dialogue, as well as how to reach a level where your awareness becomes stronger than your neurosis, because "understanding who you are releases you from the prison of that identity." (hosted by Michael Toms)
Mark Epstein is a contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and clinical assistant professor of psychology at New York University.
Epstein is the author of many books including:
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