This book investigates what psychoanalysis and Buddhism can learn from each other, and offers chapters by a Buddhist scholar, a psychiatrist-author, and a number of leading psychoanalysts.
Author: Axel Hoffer
This book investigates what psychoanalysis and Buddhism can learn from each other, and offers chapters by a Buddhist scholar, a psychiatrist-author, and a number of leading psychoanalysts. It begins with a discussion of the basic understanding of both psychoanalysis and Buddhism, viewed not as a religion but as a psychology and a philosophy with ethical principles. The focus of the book rests on the commonality between the psychoanalyst's neutrality as he listens to his freely associating patient, and the Buddhist monk's non-judgmental attention to his mind. The psychoanalytic concepts of free association, the unconscious, transference and countertransference are compared to the implications of the Buddhist principles of impermanence, non-clinging (non-attachment), the hard-to-grasp concept of the "not-self", and the practice of meditation. The differences between the role of the analyst and that of the Buddhist teacher of meditation are explored, and the important difference between the analyst's emphasis on insight and thinking is compared to the Buddhist attention to awareness and experience.
The work presents in clear focus, comparative perspectives on the nature of Man, Mind, Motivation, Conflict, Anxiety and Suffering, as well as the therapeutic management of these problems, in both the writings of Sigmund Freud and the ...
Author: Padmasiri De Silva
Publisher: NUS Press
The work presents in clear focus, comparative perspectives on the nature of Man, Mind, Motivation, Conflict, Anxiety and Suffering, as well as the therapeutic management of these problems, in both the writings of Sigmund Freud and the discourses of the Buddha. The nature of the instinct of sexuality, ego instinct and the death instinct in Freud are compared to parallel concepts in Buddhism. An interesting addition to the study is the discussion of the question whether Schopenhauer is a link between Freud and Buddhism. This third edition of the book also throws new light on some of the dilemmas of Freudian psychology from a Buddhistic perspective. It is a valuable contribution to the study of philosophy in cross-cultural perspective and should be of interest to both scholars and general readers.
RANK AND FREUD Rank was born in Vienna in 1884 as Otto Rosenfeld. In 1905
, he joined the circle of Freud, who was quick to recognize Rank's abilities. On the
occasion of one of his first visits to the famous Wednesday night meetings at ...
Author: Jennifer Cowe
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Incorporating the novels, pamphlets and letters of Henry Miller, Killing the Buddha argues for Miller’s written work to be considered as a whole in relation to the theme of Zen Buddhism, specifically the concept of Satori (awakening). By reading Miller’s literary output and letters as a spiritual journey to awakening, it is possible to chart his development as a writer, and offer insight into his repetitive use of biographical material. Reflecting upon the influence of Otto Rank and Henri Bergson on Miller’s conceptualization of the role of the writer, and then by examining his complex rejection of Surrealism, it is possible to show Miller’s burgeoning Zen Buddhism as a life-long quest for acceptance and authenticity explicitly explored within his work. With close readings of the ‘Obelisk Trilogy’ of the 1930s (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring) and The Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy (1949-1960), Miller’s complex journey to Satori is shown as a continuous progression from his early notorious novels through to the essays and pamphlets of his later career.
[ The Buddha distinguished between physical , verbal - discursive , and mental
activity , without suggesting that these mental distinctions were distinctions in a '
thing called the separate individual – puggala see pp 327 ff below ) . Freud ...
In other words , Freud does not simply believe that religion is factually wrong ; he
believes that it is an illness to which the ... It is this : if this is Freud ' s view of
religion , what , in the context of this work , should we make of Buddhist
Sigmund Freud . Buddhism and by the “ Schopenhauer was influenced by
Upanishads ” . Carl Jung . While working on a comparative study of the theory of
motivation in Freud and the Buddha , the intriguing figure of Schopenhauer left
A career-culminating work, this volume translates the epistemology of Hindu and Buddhist thinkers for western audiences while revitalizing western philosophical and scientific inquiry.
Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: Columbia University Press
While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes an even richer knowledge is possible through a bold confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams. Spanning both Buddhist and European forms of visionary experience, he fearlessly pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive, creative impulses that power greater understanding. Throughout his career, Obeyesekere has combined psychoanalysis and anthropology to illuminate the relationship between personal symbolism and religious experience. In this book, he begins with Buddha's visionary trances wherein, over the course of four hours, he witnesses hundreds of thousands of his past births and eons of world evolution, renewal, and disappearance. He then connects this fracturing of empirical and visionary time to the realm of space, considering the experience of a female Christian penitent, who stares devotedly at a tiny crucifix only to see the space around it expand to mirror Christ's suffering. Obeyesekere follows the unconscious motivations underlying rapture, the fantastical consumption of Christ's body and blood, and body mutilation and levitation, bridging medieval Catholicism and the movements of early modern thought as reflected in William Blake's artistic visions and poetic dreams. He develops the term "dream-ego" through a discussion of visionary journeys, Carl Jung's and Sigmund Freud's scientific dreaming, and the cosmic and erotic dream-visions of New Age virtuosos, and he defines the parameters of a visionary mode of knowledge that provides a more elastic understanding of truth. A career-culminating work, this volume translates the epistemology of Hindu and Buddhist thinkers for western audiences while revitalizing western philosophical and scientific inquiry.
Even in these early lectures, Rajneesh both acknowledges and then goes on to
critique Freud's view of sexuality. Freud, in his view, was correct about the
tremendous importance and power of sex, but he was mistaken in only limiting
sex to ...
Author: Hugh B. Urban
Publisher: University of California Press
Zorba the Buddha is the first comprehensive study of the life, teachings, and following of the controversial Indian guru known in his youth as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and in his later years as Osho (1931–1990). Most Americans today remember him only as the “sex guru” and the “Rolls Royce guru,” who built a hugely successful but scandal-ridden utopian community in central Oregon during the 1980s. Yet Osho was arguably the first truly global guru of the twentieth century, creating a large transnational movement that traced a complex global circuit from post-Independence India of the 1960s to Reagan’s America of the 1980s and back to a developing new India in the 1990s. The Osho movement embodies some of the most important economic and spiritual currents of the past forty years, emerging and adapting within an increasingly interconnected and conflicted late-capitalist world order. Based on extensive ethnographic and archival research, Hugh Urban has created a rich and powerful narrative that is a must-read for anyone interested in religion and globalization.
This is the story of fifth century CE India, when the Yogacarin Buddhists tested the awareness of unawareness, and became aware of human unawareness to an extraordinary degree.
Author: William S Waldron
This is the story of fifth century CE India, when the Yogacarin Buddhists tested the awareness of unawareness, and became aware of human unawareness to an extraordinary degree. They not only explicitly differentiated this dimension of mental processes from conscious cognitive processes, but also offered reasoned arguments on behalf of this dimension of mind. This is the concept of the 'Buddhist unconscious', which arose just as philosophical discourse in other circles was fiercely debating the limits of conscious awareness, and these ideas in turn had developed as a systematisation of teachings from the Buddha himself. For us in the twenty-first century, these teachings connect in fascinating ways to the Western conceptions of the 'cognitive unconscious' which have been elaborated in the work of Jung and Freud. This important study reveals how the Buddhist unconscious illuminates and draws out aspects of current western thinking on the unconscious mind. One of the most intriguing connections is the idea that there is in fact no substantial 'self' underlying all mental activity; 'the thoughts themselves are the thinker'. William S. Waldron considers the implications of this radical notion, which, despite only recently gaining plausibility, was in fact first posited 2,500 years ago.
For example , if the discussion were on the merits of Freud versus Zen , then the
author , if Freudian , would pronounce Zen ... Rather , if we must form an early
conclusion , the only possible one would be : Freud was correct but partial ; Buddha ...
Author: Ken Wilber
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development (1980) unites Eastern and Western approaches into a single, coherent framework, integrating views from Freud to Buddha, Gestalt to Shankara, Piaget to Yogachara, Kohlberg to Krishnamurti. Up from Eden: A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution (1981) describes evolution as a magnificent journey of Spirit-in-action, drawing on theorists from Jean Gebser to Jürgen Habermas. The essay "Odyssey: A Personal Inquiry into Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology" and a New Age interview with Ken Wilber.
Life , according to Buddha , is dislocated , out of joint , and full of suffering .
According to Buddha there are three types of suffering . There is the ordinary
suffering of old age , sickness , and death . This is similar to what Freud ( 1895 )
Author: Salman Akhtar
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Winner of the 2006 Gradiva Award A collection of new and previously-published essays that sheds light on the intersections between psychoanalysis and Indic Studies. While Indian academics and clinicians have been familiar with psychoanalysis for many decades, they have kept this Western model of the mind separate from the spiritual and philosophical traditions of their own country. Freud Along the Ganges bridges this important lacuna in psychoanalytic and Indic studies by creating a new theoretical field where human motives are approached not only psychoanalytically but also from the perspective of the teachings of Buddha, Tagore, Ghandi, and Salman Rushdie. The authors of this collection show how the insights of these Indian masters give a new force to the Freudian discovery by providing a basis to better understand the social and psychological Indian makeup. The book begins by questioning the applicability of the psychoanalytic method to non-Western cultures. It then traces the history of the psychoanalytic movement in India from its onset while it emphasizes the intricate overlap between Indian existential and mystical traditions and psychoanalysis. Freud Along the Ganges offers a unique study of the ways that Indian thought and psychoanalysis illuminate and enrich each other.
It is precisely the greater or stronger libido which a male can sublimate in greater
strength to penetrate through to actuality , that prohibits the female from
becoming a Buddha . Tenderness , as Freud sees it is a sublimation of Eros or
the sexual ...
He was also competent to examine the psychological material in the discourses
of the Buddha and organize them in ... somewhat exaggerated , as they sprang
from a highly focussed depth study of the thought of Freud and the Buddha : it is ...
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.
Author: Jeremy D. Safran
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
It so turns our normal sense of self and reality on its head that, as Niels Bohr once
remarked about quantum physics . , . if you don't get dizzy thinking about it, you
haven't understood it.36 For Engler psychoanalysis and Theravada Buddhist ...
Author: Greg Kaplan
Publisher: Lexington Books
Disciplining on Freud on Religion aims at evaluating the impact of Freud's understanding and interpretation of religion as it has impacted contemporary scholarship within several humanistic and social scientific disciplines, including religious studies, Jewish studies, philosophy, and the natural and social sciences. This edited collection should appeal to a wide range of scholars, for upper level undergraduate and graduate classes and those training in psychoanalysis.
The man I shall take , however , is not one who pretends to refute the widespread
existence of sorrow , but who does attack certain assumptions in Buddha ' s
philosophy , namely , Dr . Sigmund Freud . Freud would confirm Buddha ' s ...
The Freudian complex is Freud himself , and the Buddhist complex is Buddha .
All such theories , whether of Freud or of Buddha , seem to be based on an
exaggerated illusion . The sufferings of mankind , the troubles of married life , the
A lyrical guide draws on Buddhist principles to counsel readers on how to identify the important things in life, presenting sample discussions between a psychotherapist and a patient to demonstrate how readers can create states of inquiry, ...
Author: Robert Langan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A lyrical guide draws on Buddhist principles to counsel readers on how to identify the important things in life, presenting sample discussions between a psychotherapist and a patient to demonstrate how readers can create states of inquiry, place themselves into hypothetical situations, and act positively on inner thoughts. Original.
While his insights were revelatory , he did not have the method of the Buddha
within his grasp . In a short , masterful , and little discussed paper written in 1915
called " On Transience , " Freud reached for a fearless mental posture that ...
Author: Susan Day
This introduction to theories of counseling and psychotherapy relates major schools of thought to everyday practice in the helping professions. The author employs a student-friendly tone to explain the complexities of each theory, provides examples to clarify abstract ideas, and focuses on the positive psychology aspects in the theories themselves. Pedagogical aids include class discussion topics, small group exercises, and opportunities for personal reflections. Multicultural matters are integrated into all chapters instead of discussed separately.