Are Eastern practices useful for psychological growth?
Is psychoanalysis an aid on an Eastern path?
Carl Gustav Jung had the realization of the existence of a center deep within our being, the Self, the discovery of which is the goal of individuation: the process of psychological development. Unable to find analogies to the Self in Christianity, he turned to Eastern religions, uncovering and finding a reflection of this miracle in Daoism and Hinduism, while also examining Buddhism and Sufism.
Eastern paths and their practices, such as meditation, mindfulness, and yoga, have been absorbed into Western culture. It is thus timely to approach the contemporary relevance of Eastern religions and practices to the Jungian path of individuation.
Edited by Leslie Stein, these essays are personal, engaging, and contain a refined analysis of whether these two paths may work together or are pointing to different end points.
Ann Chia-Yi Li
Table of Contents
-List of Contributors
-Note on the Collected Works
1 From Akron to Bodhgaya: Suffering and Individuation – Polly Young-Eisendrath
2 Archetypal Forces and the Ego Structure of Eastern Practices – Leslie Stein
3 Eastern Spiritual Practices and the Process of Individuation: Exploring Lived Experience – Patricia Katsky
Hinduism and the Atman
4 Individuation to Transcendence — The Hindu Perspective on the Concept of the Self — The Self/Spirit Axis – Ashok Bedi
5 Jung’s Self and the Ātman of the Upaniṣads – Lionel Corbett
Daoism and Sufism
6 The “Secret” of the Golden Flower: The Individuation Process by Way of Daoist Practice – Ann Chia-Yi Li
7 Rest in Peace: Entering the Paradise of Consciousness Itself: Self-realization and Individuation – Karin Jironet
The Buddhist no-self
8 The Cuckoo’s Call of Instant Presence: Self and non-self in Jung, Buddhism and Dzogchen – Judith Pickering
9 On a Possible Bridge Between Individuation Theory and Dzogchen Psychology: Challenges, Pitfalls, Opportunities for a Transcendent “Third”: A Dialogue Between Murray Stein and Jim Manganiello – Murray Stein and Jim Manganiello
Eastern Practices and the Matrix
10 Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the Matrix, is a spiritual fake: What are the effects of Eastern spiritual practices on the individuation process and the revelation of the Self? – Royce Froehlich