Awakening and Insight: Zen Buddhism and Psychotherapy

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The intersection of East and West is a vital one on many levels. The efforts to integrate Buddhism and its therapeutic ancestors to the Western ideas of Jungian Psychology have been particularly fruitful. Taking Japanese Zen-Buddhism as its starting point, Awakening and Insight is a collection of critiques and histories of Buddhism from a psychological perspective.
Based on accounts of the Buddhism and Depth Psychology conference that took place in Kyoto in 1999, this volume serves to unite the cousins of Eastern religion and Western thought. Featuring a new translation of the historic conversation between Schinichi Hisamatsu and Carl Jung which took place in 1958, Awakening and Insight will be of great interest to anyone interested in Psychology and Buddhism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415217934
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Polly Young-Eisendrath is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont Medical College and a psychologist and Jungian analyst practicing in central Vermont, USA.
Shoji Muramoto is Professor of Foreign Studies a Kobe City University in Kobe, Japan, and a psychologist.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors
Introduction: Continuing a conversation from East to West: Buddhism and psychotherapy 1
Pt. I New perspectives on Buddhism and psychology East and West 13
1 Buddhism, religion and psychotherapy in the world today 15
2 A Buddhist model of the human self: working through the Jung-Hisamatsu discussion 30
3 Jung, Christianity, and Buddhism 45
4 The transformation of human suffering: a perspective from psychotherapy and Buddhism 67
5 Zen and psychotherapy: from neutrality, through relationship, to the emptying place 81
6 A mindful self and beyond: sharing in the ongoing dialogue of Buddhism and psychoanalysis 93
Pt. II Cautions and insights about potential confusions 107
7 The Jung-Hisamatsu conversation 109
8 Jung and Buddhism 122
9 What is I? Reflections from Buddhism and psychotherapy 135
10 American Zen and psychotherapy: an ongoing dialogue 149
11 Locating Buddhism, locating psychology 172
12 Buddhism and psychotherapy in the West: Nishitani and dialectical behavior therapy 187
Pt. III Traditional ideas in a new light 205
13 Karma and individuation: the boy with no face 207
14 The Consciousness-only school: an introduction and a brief comparison with Jung's psychology 224
15 The problematic of mind in Gotama Buddha 235
16 The development of Buddhist psychology in modern Japan 242
17 Coming home: the difference it makes 253
Index 263
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