Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue

Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue

by Jeremy D. Safran
     
 

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Psychoanalysis and Buddhism pairs Buddhist psychotherapists together with leading figures in psychoanalysis who have a general interest in the role of spirituality in psychology. The resulting essays present an illuminating discourse on these two disciplines and how they intersect. This landmark book challenges traditional thoughts on psychoanalysis and

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Psychoanalysis and Buddhism pairs Buddhist psychotherapists together with leading figures in psychoanalysis who have a general interest in the role of spirituality in psychology. The resulting essays present an illuminating discourse on these two disciplines and how they intersect. This landmark book challenges traditional thoughts on psychoanalysis and Buddhism and propels them to a higher level of understanding.

Editorial Reviews

Mark Epstein
"Psychoanalysis and Buddhism is an extraordinary book. While Jack Engler's brilliant opening essay sets the bar high for the other contributors, the entire volume is full of wonderful surprises. Chief among them are the contributions of many of the respected psychoanalysts, none of them known for their interest in Buddhism, who consistently defy expectations and push the thinking of their Buddhist colleagues to new horizons. This is a beautifully conceived work: innovative, provocative, fascinating and useful. Jeremy Safran deserves much praise."
Joan Halifax
"This rich and important book is a landmark for both disciplines."
Lewis Aron
"A breakthrough book that will make all readers reexamine their thinking about psychoanalysis and religion."
Professor Andrew Samuels
"Certain to become the emblematic book of this burgeoning relationship, given the range of cutting-edge psychoanalytic views represented, the beautifully edited dialogue format, and above all the urgency of the crisis of meaning in Western culture."
Emmanuel Ghent
What a joy to witness the realization in this book of a first class discussion of the relations between psychoanalysis and Buddhism! Jeremy Safran, after an excellent historical and

conceptual exposition of the two healing disciplines,  assembles an extraordinary array of contributors. Some are psychoanalysts who have been steeped in Buddhist practice over

many years. Others are leading figures in comtemporary psychoanalysis, who have an interest in exploring the areas of overlap, as well as the dissimilarities between the two worlds. The dialogue format of the book dramatically enlivens the text for the reader who is thereby afforded the opportunity to hear some of his or her most pressing questions asked and commented on by a discussant and then responded to  by the first author. The contributors cover a wide territory

in the examination of Buddhism from a psychoanalytic point of view-including the concept that is so difficult for the Western mind, the question of no-self. Jack Engler, in an exceptionally lucid and engaging chapter, "Being somebody and being nobody: A re-examination of the understanding of self in psychoanalysis and Buddhism," and in his response to Stephen

Mitchell's probing musings, provides for us a quite wonderful avenue of access to this vexing conception-No, not conception, experience. Safran has provided us with a book that will be

deeply rewarding to both psychoanalysts and Buddhists; it will extend the horizons of both


Supervisor and Faculty, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861713424
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
06/15/2003
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
581,230
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.25(d)

What People are saying about this

Mark Epstein
Psychoanalysis and Buddhism is an extraordinary book. The brilliant opening essay sets the bar high and The entire volume is full of wonderful surprises. Chief among them are the contributions of many of the respected psychoanalysts who consistently defy expectations and push the thinking of their Buddhist colleagues to new horizons. This is a beautifully conceived work: innovative, provocative, fascinating and useful. Jeremy Safran deserves much praise.
M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Going on Being
Lewis Aron
This is a breakthrough book that will make all readers reexamine their thinking about psychoanalysis and religion. Bringing together for the first time established Buddhist scholars and leading figures in contemporary psychoanalysis this volume opens up an important dialogue between these two rich and continually unfolding traditions.
Ph.D., author of A Meeting of Minds
Donnel B. Stern
What a wonderful book! Jeremy Safran has assembled an absolutely stellar group of writers. and has himself contributed an illuminating introduction. The essays are riveting, one after another after another, and the book is the rare edited collection with real thematic unity. If you think you might have an interest in the intersection of psychoanalysis and Buddhism, this is the place to start. If you already know you’re interested, once you look at the table of contents you’ll find (at least I did) that you you'll want to let Psychoanalysis and Buddhism displace whatever you were going to read next.
Ph.D., author of Unformulated Experience and editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Jessica Benjamin
This fascinating collection of essays presents us with deeply thoughtful accounts of two distinct yet related transformational practices, both representing powerful efforts to understand the human mind and relieve human suffering. It offers the rare gift of a genuine dialogue, moving and stimulating us by turns, as we encounter the experience, thoughts, and indeed wisdom of life-long practitioners engaged in conversation with one another.
Ph.D., author of The Bonds of Love

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