By Hayao Kawai
During this enticing and exciting paintings, popular eastern psychologist Hayao Kawai examines his personal own adventure of the way a jap grew to become a Jungian psychoanalyst and the way the Buddhism in him steadily reacted to it.
Kawai reports his approach to psychotherapy and takes a clean examine I within the context of Buddhism. His research, divided into 4 chapters, presents a brand new realizing of the human psyche from the viewpoint of somebody rooted within the East.
Kawai starts off by means 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 confident regard for Buddha’s teachings. He then relates how the individuation method is symbolically and meaningfully published in philosophical and creative photograph sequence, one japanese and one Western.
After exploring the Buddhist notion of the ego and the self, that is the other of to the Western view, Kawai expands psychotherapy to incorporate sitting in silence and retaining contradictions or containing opposites.
Drawing on his personal event as a psychoanalyst, Kawai concludes that actual integration of East and West is either attainable and very unlikely. Buddhism and the artwork of Psychotherapy is an enlightening presentation that deepens the reader’s realizing of this region of psychology and japanese philosophy.
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In jung, you reach the dream world starting from the modern ego; in Kegon, you seem to be right in the middle of the dream world from the beginning. The modern Western ego was developed by making ordi nary consciousness autonomous and refin ed . As it gained the weapon of so-called natural science, it seemed that its power might ovcrwhelm the whole world. In contrast, consciousness as defined by Buddhism developed in the oppositc direction. T here is no concept of effi ciency or manipulation at all.
So once again he wishes to catch the ox. What I like about chis series of pictures is that, one by one, they provoke our imagination. In my case, they make me thi nk over my own situation as well as my client's. Between Nos. 8 there is a real leap. I still remember the impact of chis transition when I saw the series for the fi rst time. Somehow I could expect the ox to disappear, bur is it all right for the person also to disappear! T hen, who is this looki ng at the circle! T his was my honest fee ling at that time.
T he most impressive parr of h is letter ro me was his clear statement: "Both Father and I are not enlightened at alL" Even my father, who appea red ro be unshakable and fearless, was not en lightened. And, when I read that death is the prob· lem which requi res lifelong search, my feeling of cowardly shame suddenly lifted and disappeared. And what he said about fea r was also true. Even now at my age, not having experienced e nlightenment, I still fear dyi ng. One thing wh ich has not changed since that rime is that death remains my lifelong quest ion.
Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy by Hayao Kawai