Into The Mountain Stream

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Into the Mountain Stream represents a natural development in the conversation between Buddhism and psychoanalysis. This fluid, evolving, multi-textured conversation encompasses theory, philosophy, technique and the personal experiences of those involved as patients, as clinicians and as Buddhist practitioners. This edition, which formalizes and furthers this living conversation between Buddhism and psychoanalysis, in the form and style proposed, is not presently available. Clinical material expands and enriches the present rapidly growing theoretical and technical literature. In this sense, this collection bridges the gap between discourse that has impact and language that is informational. Some of the many questions that we examine include: -How does psychotherapy deepen the practitioner's Buddhist involvements? -How do both practices interact to enrich an individual's life? -What is the efficacy of a Buddhist informed psychotherapy? -What are the global and societal ramifications of the expanded vision that might derive from the mutual efficacy of both Buddhism and psychoanalysis? The contributors address the issues under discussion cogently, compellingly and succinctly through first-hand accounts both in psychotherapy and in Buddhist practice. We address the question of how Buddhist beliefs and practices become integrated into one's therapeutic stance. For example, what are the fundamental Buddhist principles of emptiness and dependent-arising and how does an understanding of these foundational cornerstones of Buddhist philosophy and experience influence clinical work? How do the basic psychoanalytic notions of transference and countertransference, when applied clinically, facilitate deepened involvement with Buddhist practice?

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Editorial Reviews

The 12 essays in this volume all contribute rich material to the problem of how to suffer life as we encounter it, and it is noteworthy that much of the volume is composed of reports of the journeys that the authors have made in learning about their own suffering.
The authors do convey the importance of Buddhist practice and make it clear that any convergence is not the result of simply taking an element here and there and tossing it into a psychological treatment plan. Clearly the reader walks away with a sense of the importance of many years of practice to make integration effective.
From this collection the reader will appreciate that the basis of human suffering follows from the construction of an individual's life.
Psychoanalytic Review
Paul C. Cooper has given us a most interesting and accessible anthology concerning the developing conversation between Buddhism and psychoanalysis. In twelve fairly short, thoughtful, and provocative chapters we read clear examples of how Buddhist-inspired psychoanalytic practitioners use their sensibilities and emotional responsiveness to enhance their clinical work and their own personal lives.
In summary, this multitextured volume includes some theory, philosophy, technique, and, most of all, descriptions of the personal experiences of the contributors as patients, as clinicians, and as Buddhist practitioners. It is a book well worth reading if you want to expand and enrich your knowledge and experiential sense of what Buddhistinspired psychoanalysts are doing with their patients. Perhaps most importantly, Cooper and his contributors have given us a sense of how some analysts struggle to achieve a modicum of autonomy, inner peace, and goodness, using a Buddhist-inspired psychoanalytic perspective.
Robert Jingen Gunn
Pushed by an inner imperative to engage both Buddhist and psychoanalytic practices wholeheartedly, the writers of these essays are on fire with their struggle to articulate their lived experience of an as-yet-undelineated frontier of embodied mind where psyche and spirit converge. The result is a splendid feast of stories of people who have sought, with bone-deep courage and unflinching honesty, to honor both their hearts and their intellect in their personal and professional pursuit of truth. They will be called 'pushers of boundaries,' 'troublemakers' and 'keepers of the gateless gates'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765704658
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul C. Cooper maintains a private practice in Manhattan. He is member, training analyst, clinical supervisor and faculty National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, Institute for Expressive Analysis; board member and faculty at the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy; editorial board: Psychoanalytic Review and Groundwater: Journal of Buddhism and Psychotherapy. Winner of the 1996 Ernest Angel Award for Affects and Self States: A Case study on the Integration of Buddhist Analytic Meditation and Psychoanalysis; he co-edited Psychotherapy and Religion: Many paths, One Journey (2005: Jason Aronson.).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Reflections from the Margin Chapter 3 Coming Home to Wholeness Chapter 4 From Nowhere to Now Here Chapter 5 Don't Remove Delusion Chapter 6 The Light of Faithful Awareness Chapter 7 Driven to Distraction Chapter 8 Through the Net Chapter 9 Cigarette Smoke & Incense Chapter 10 'scillations Chapter 11 Staying Honest Chapter 12 Bringing Practice Home Chapter 13 A Transformational Moment

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