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By Polly Young-Eisendrath, Shoji Muramoto

ISBN-10: 0415217938

ISBN-13: 9780415217934

Buddhism first got here to the West many centuries in the past in the course of the Greeks, who additionally prompted the various tradition and practices of Indian Buddhism. As Buddhism has unfold past India, it has consistently been laid low with the indigenous traditions of its new houses. whilst Buddhism seemed in the United States and Europe within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, it encountered modern psychology and psychotherapy, instead of spiritual traditions. because the Nineteen Nineties, many efforts were made via Westerners to investigate and combine the similarities and ameliorations among Buddhism and it healing ancestors, rather Jungian psychology.

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Thus, Hisamatsu stressed the need to cut off the entire complex of dukkha once and for all. This can be done only in a fundamentally subjective manner. Total and immediate In his commentary on his conversation with Jung, Hisamatsu pointed out this danger in relation to psychotherapy by contrasting psychotherapy with ‘deliverance from all suffering’ through self-awakening to ‘complete and final emancipation’: Awakening to the self unbound by anything whatever, one is liberated from all illness at once.

Riesman, D. (1950) The Lonely Crowd, New Haven: Yale University Press. 2 A BUDDHIST MODEL OF THE HUMAN SELF Working Through the Jung-Hisamatsu Discussion Jeff Shore Once Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Chuang Chou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Chuang Chou. But he didn’t know if he was Chuang Chou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Chuang Chou.

To take the problems discussed in psychotherapeutic sessions more seriously, in my opinion, would enable a religion to more adequately meet the need of our age, and only then would it deserve to be truly called a world religion. Furthermore, following Marcel, it is an essential function of religion to transform a problem into a mystery (Marcel 1940). The dialogue and collaboration between psychotherapy and religion is not an easy task but needs to be accomplished. We already have an abundance of literature about it, but ‘religion’ there means in most cases Christianity.

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