The Buddha had a prescription to end suffering—the eightfold path. But can the Western tradition of psychotherapy build upon these essential steps?  

In Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, Epstein draws on multiple decades of Buddhist practice to reinterpret the eightfold path in the light of therapeutic thought and experience.

Here, Epstein talks with Tricycle contributing editor Amy Gross about how the two realms of wisdom view the idea of self as both problematic and helpful, and the ways meditation illuminates aspects of ourselves that we’re afraid or ashamed of, allowing us to let go of the identities that constrict us.


Tricycle Talks is a podcast series featuring leading voices in the contemporary Buddhist world.

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