Jung's Psychology and Tibetan Buddhism: Western and Eastern by Radmila Moacanin

By Radmila Moacanin

The Essence of Jung's Psychology and Tibetan Buddhism cuts to the guts of 2 very varied but remarkably related traditions. the writer touches on a lot of their significant principles: the collective subconscious and karma, archetypes and deities, the analyst and the religious buddy, and mandalas. inside Tibetan Buddhism she specializes in tantra and relates its emphasis on non secular transformation, additionally an enormous hindrance of Jung. This multiplied version contains new fabric at the integration of the 2 traditions, and the significance of those paths of the guts in brand new unsteady international.

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T h r o u g h t h i s d r e a m I u n d e r s t o o d that t h e S e l f is the principle a n d archetype of orientation and m e a n i n g . T h e r e i n lies its h e a l i n g f u n c t i o n . For m e , t h i s i n s i g h t signified an a p p r o a c h to t h e c e n t e r a n d therefore to the goal. O u t of this e m e r g e d a first i n k l i n g o f m y p e r s o n a l m y t h . 5 5 T h i s w a s an event of tremendous importance, a turning p o i n t in J u n g ' s life a n d h i s w o r k .

T h e y are all d e s i g n e d to i n v o l v e totally t h e t h r e e a s p e c t s of o u r b e i n g , t h a t i s , b o d y , s p e e c h , a n d m i n d . T h e i r p u r p o s e is to a c t i v a t e a n d c o n j u r e u p p o w e r f u l b u t d o r m a n t forces from t h e d e e p l e v e l s o f t h e u n c o n s c i o u s ; it is a c o n f r o n t a t i o n w i t h o u r i n n e r m o s t n a t u r e to a w a k e n u s . T h e t h r e e b a s i c a n d p r e v a l e n t m e t h o d s are: recitation of m a n t r a s - sacred w o r d s - involving the speech; performance o f ritual g e s t u r e s - m u d r a s - involving t h e b o d y ; meditation, e s p e c i a l l y v i s u a l i z a t i o n o f a n d identification w i t h deities involving the mind.

The main difference, according to Lama G o v i n d a l i e s in t h e c o n c e p t o f sakti, t h e active p o w e r , a n d t h e c r e a t i v e f e m i n i n e a s p e c t o f Siva, the highest god. This aspect does not enter into the system of Tantric Buddhism. I n t h e l a t t e r t h e c e n t r a l i d e a is n o t sakti - p o w e r , b u t prajna k n o w l e d g e , intuitive w i s d o m . differentiate wisdom and 3 2 - It w o u l d b e h a r d t h o u g h t o power in the context of V a j r a y a n a .

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