An exploration of the relationships between Jungian Psychology and
Buddhism with a special section on the famous oxherding pictures. Essential
reading for all interested in either Buddhism or Jungian Psychology.
This book speaks about Jung's views on Tibetan Buddhism, India and Yoga, Chinese Taoism, rationalism and Eastern spirituality, how to integrate East and West. Buddhism and Jungian Psychology presents the findings, both personal and impersonal of two Jungian analysts who have been propelled, by fate and psychic trajectory, to take up the encounter with the "other". In Part one, an account of how East and West have met each other in the authors own souls, is given. Part two is taken up with the marvelous images of the Zen path to Enlightenment, the Ox-herding pictures. Part three includes several papers on various aspects of Buddhism and Jungian psychology, in which the authors convincingly demonstrate the error of the Western assumption that Buddhism requires the "dissolution" of the ego. Rather, they point out, the ego is strengthened in meditation, and what is "dissolved" is ego-centricity. One becomes "self-centric," as they described in both story and concept. Finally as an " Afterword," some further thoughts are presented which bring the matter up to date. All in all, this work can be seen as an offering to and carrying on of the very spirit of "Jung".
About the Authors:
J. Marvin Spiegelman has a Ph.D. from U.C.L.A. and is a Diplomate in clinical psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He has taught at U.C.L.A., U.S.C. and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has a private practice as a Jungian analyst in Studio City, California.
Mokusen Miyuki holds a B.A. degree in Eastern Religions from the University of Tokyo, an M.A. degree in Western Philosophy from U.C.L.A. and a Ph.D. in Asian Studies from Claremont Colleges. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a professor at California State University at Northridge, practices as a Jungian analyst in the Los Angeles area and is a Buddhist Priest.