Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy

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Also available in an open-access, full-text edition at http://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/85767
 
In this engaging and intriguing work, renowned Japanese psychologist Hayao Kawai examines his own personal experience of how a Japanese became a Jungian psychoanalyst and how the Buddhism in him gradually reacted to it.

Kawai reviews his method of psychotherapy and takes a fresh look at I in the ...

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Overview

Also available in an open-access, full-text edition at http://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/85767
 
In this engaging and intriguing work, renowned Japanese psychologist Hayao Kawai examines his own personal experience of how a Japanese became a Jungian psychoanalyst and how the Buddhism in him gradually reacted to it.

Kawai reviews his method of psychotherapy and takes a fresh look at I in the context of Buddhism. His analysis, divided into four chapters, provides a new understanding of the human psyche from the perspective of someone rooted in the East.

Kawai begins by contemplating his personal koan: “Am I a Buddhist and/or a Jungian?” His honest reflections parallel Jung’s early skepticism about Buddhism and later his positive regard for Buddha’s teachings. He then relates how the individuation process is symbolically and meaningfully revealed in two philosophical and artistic picture series, one Eastern and one Western.

After exploring the Buddhist conception of the ego and the self, which is the opposite of to the Western view, Kawai expands psychotherapy to include sitting in silence and holding contradictions or containing opposites.

Drawing on his own experience as a psychoanalyst, Kawai concludes that true integration of East and West is both possible and impossible. Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy is an enlightening presentation that deepens the reader’s understanding of this area of psychology and Eastern philosophy.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Engaging, intriguing . . . and enlightening . . . ”—Resource: A Guide to Books, Audiotapes, and Videotapes
Journal of Analytical Psychology - David Tacey

" . . . a remarkable book by a remarkable man. Kawai's writing is direct, honest and self-effacing and it can be quite confronting to read. , , The exraordinary and heart-warming feture of this book is to see how one's fate can manifest itself through the unconscious, even if one has pushed it away."--Journal of Analytical Psychology
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“Engaging, intriguing . . . and enlightening . . . ”--Resource: A Guide to Books, Audiotapes, and Videotapes
Spring 60

“. . . what makes this book so forceful and readable, from beginning to end, is that Hayao Kawai has written it all, and tells it all, from the perspective of his own experience, both as an analyst and as a Japanese man who rejected Buddhism and then returned to make his own Jungian peace with it. When you consider both ends of these traditions, and realize how unlikely it is for a truly autobiographical book to come out of either of them, you will appreciate what Kawai is offering here. Get out your best Mikasa and pour yourself a cup of tea, dear reader. This is a good one.”--Spring 60
The Bloomsbury Review

“In a self-effacing style that fails to dim the brilliance of his intellect and intuition, Kawai explores the differences between the Japanese and Western ego . . .” --The Bloomsbury Review
Psychological Perspectives

“This brief taste of Kawai’s riches hardly touches the repast he provides in his thinking. It is both popular and deep, humorous and serious, Buddhist and Jungian, individual and collectiveas East and West as his initial dream promised and as his life has fulfilled. . . .”--Psychological Perspectives
Journal of Analytical Psychology

“Dr. Kawai’s self disclosures and ruminations serve as an open invitation to us all to step beyond our culturally imposed frames and expand our understanding of the impact of culture on the psyche and the implication for consciousness and individuation.”--Journal of Analytical Psychology
Library Journal
The first Japanese psychologist to be trained as a Jungian, Kawai eloquently tells of his journey away from and back to his roots by way of extended study in the West. He traces common and disparate threads in the fabric of his own personal and professional experience with Buddhism and psychologyeachness and individuality, "egocide" and suiciderecognizing that some things cannot be verbalized, objectified, or interpreted. Stories, three sets of drawings, and a nod to the value of silence enhance the presentation, which is graceful, humble, and sure. Nondoctrinaire, Kawai speaks of Carl Rogers as well as Carl Jung, and there is much here in accord with existential thinkers and therapists like Martin Buber, Rollo May, and Otto Rank. As a non-Jungian, this reviewer recommends Kawai's contribution to all psychotherapists and all readers interested in the likeness and difference of East and West. For both academic and public libraries.E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Booknews
Kawai, the first Jungian psychotherapist in Japan, rejected Buddhism and then came back to its precepts much as Jung himself did. The difference, however, is that the author's vision is Japanese and as such the attempt to integrate Jungianism with Buddhism poses interesting questions as to matters of ego, identity, and the therapeutic relationship. Kawai's discussion of these questions from an Eastern point of view is rare, providing not just intellectual gymnastics but the efforts of a man attempting to balance his beliefs in practice. Includes illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Hayao Kawai, the first Jungian psychoanalyst in Japan, came to Los Angeles on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1959. He was professor of clinical psychology at Kyoto University and has written and edited more than fifty books in Japanese and four books in English, including The Japanese Psyche, The Buddhist Priest, Myoe, and A Life of Dreams.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Prologue 3
1 Buddhist? Jungian? What Am I? 7
2 The "Ten Oxherding Pictures" and Alchemy 36
3 What Is I? 88
4 Personal and Impersonal Relationships in Psychotherapy 115
Epilogue 143
Notes 147
Bibliography 153
Index 157
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