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Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy by Hayao Kawai

By Hayao Kawai

During this enticing and interesting paintings, popular eastern psychologist Hayao Kawai examines his personal own adventure of ways a eastern grew to become a Jungian psychoanalyst and the way the Buddhism in him steadily reacted to it.

Kawai stories his approach to psychotherapy and takes a clean examine I within the context of Buddhism. His research, divided into 4 chapters, offers a brand new figuring out of the human psyche from the viewpoint of somebody rooted within the East.

Kawai starts by way of considering his own koan: “Am I a Buddhist and/or a Jungian?” His sincere reflections parallel Jung’s early skepticism approximately Buddhism and later his optimistic regard for Buddha’s teachings. He then relates how the individuation procedure is symbolically and meaningfully published in philosophical and inventive photo sequence, one japanese and one Western.

After exploring the Buddhist belief of the ego and the self, that is the other of to the Western view, Kawai expands psychotherapy to incorporate sitting in silence and maintaining contradictions or containing opposites.

Drawing on his personal event as a psychoanalyst, Kawai concludes that precise integration of East and West is either attainable and most unlikely. Buddhism and the artwork of Psychotherapy is an enlightening presentation that deepens the reader’s knowing of this zone of psychology and japanese philosophy.

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Being mistaken about "sudden sawn lenlightenmentl" and omitting necessary effort, or being possessed by gradual satori and becoming overly involved in unnecessaril y heavy practice-e ither can be a problem. OX H ER D IN O AND ALC H EMY Despi te hav ing no experience of enlightenment , I give my amateur opinion regardi ng the issue of SaLori because I approach it as related to "insight" in psychotherapy. " And it would have been the "interprewtion" that I had offered which was most helpful in achievi ng such a change.

Dreams are important , so I listen , and more often now I only listen. Gu ided by Teacher Myoe, attracted to the world of Kegon, I think my attitude toward anal ysis has changed somewhat. I don't mean that I have switched from Jung to Myoe, for I believe both are my teachers. Some could say, however, that it's strange, since the term jungian means one who looks up only to Jung as her or his teacher. For such people, just listening to dreams and not straining after archetypes, not making interpretations but just being there in what might appear to be an absentminded fashion, certainly is not Jungian.

Mcm. Although I did not know the "rea lity" of Zen, this hope gained great importance in my mind. I was strongly attracted by the understanding that, through "enligh tenment," all anxiety and fea r wou ld dissolve at once. World War II broke out when I reached adolescence. As the Japanese military ga ined strength, the ideal of boys becoming soldiers and dying for our country became part of our indoctrination in the schools. Wh ile intellectuals in the cities were resistant to such ideas, people in the countryside where I lived tended to adopt that attitude.

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