A comprehensive collection of essays exploring the interstices of Eastern and Western modes of thinking about the self, Crossroads in Psychoanalysis, Buddhism, and Mindfulness: The Word and the Breath documents just some of the challenges, conflicts, pitfalls, and "wow" moments that inhere in today's historical and cultural intersections of theory, practice, and experience. As this collection demonstrates, the crossroads between Buddhist and psychoanalytic approaches to mindfulness are rich beyond belief in integrative potential. The surprising and fertile connections from which this book originates, and the future ones which every reader in turn will spur, will invigorate and intensify this specific form of contemporary commerce at the crossroads of East and West. Analytically-oriented psychotherapists, themselves of different "climates" and cultures, break out of the seclusion of the consulting room to think, translate, meditate on, and mediate their experiences-generated via the maternal order-in such a way as to make those experiences thinkable via the necessary filters of the paternal order of language. In this light the "word and the breath" of the book's subtitle are addressed as the privileged "instruments" of psychoanalysis and meditation, respectively.
Foreword Jeff Shore Introduction Anthony Molino Part 1: Elusive Bridges 1: The Correlation between Psychotherapy and Buddhism and How Buddhist Psychology Can be Applied to Life Thich Nhat Hanh 2: With Buddha in Mind: Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy in Practice Nigel Wellings 3: The Bliss Body and the Unconscious Joseph Bobrow Part 2: Being in Practice 4: The Role of "No-Self" in Creativity: Expanding our Sense of Interdependent Engagement Polly Young-Eisendrath 5: What the Emotions Ask of Us: Psychoanalysis and Dharma Psychology Gherardo Amadei 6: Psychoanalysis, Transgenerational Psychotherapy, and Karma Michela Morgana Part 3: Psychoanalysis and Meditation 7: Metamorphoses of Consciousness: Answers in the Light of Awareness Alessandro Giannandrea, Antonino Raffone and Katie Ferrell 8: Meditation Practice: From Cushion to Inconceivable Ordinary Life Dorothy Yang 9: The Relief of Being Pilar Jennings Part 4: Parallel Convergences 10: "Amae" and Western Buddhism Roberto Carnevali 11: Unexpected Guests: Buddhism, Psychosynthesis & Psychoanalysis Graziano Graziani 12: Mandalas of the Mind: Exploring the Role of Mandalas in Jung's Thought And His Relation with Buddhism Katriona Munthe and Anthony Molino Afterthoughts Reflections on Buddhism and Psychoanalysis Adam Phillips Appendix Psychoanalysis and Buddhism as Cultural Institutions Jeremy Safran About the Contributors