Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, Mark Epstein, 2018
Epstein is a Freudian psychiatrist and a Buddhist practitioner who combines these two elements with anecdotes about his patients and Tibetan stories in an interesting and entertaining walk through the Eightfold Path which is the fourth of Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths. The Eightfold Path is the way to relieve craving and the absence of craving reduces the inevitable suffering that is part of life (the First Truth). Right View, Right Motivation, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration are the elements and the author does a fine job of explaining each of them, though at times he gets a bit too psychoanalytic for my taste. Once again, I was fascinated to find that he had spent considerable time at the Barre, MA site of the meditation retreat that I had gone on. His experiences with the food, the hikes, the walking meditation, etc brought back strong memories, and his insights into achieving mental muscle to enable one to manage life’s inevitable ‘waves’ were valuable. This is a good book for the experienced meditator.