This book investigates what psychoanalysis and Buddhism can learn from each other, and offers chapters by a Buddhist scholar, a psychiatrist-author, and a number of leading psychoanalysts. It begins with a discussion of the basic understanding of both psychoanalysis and Buddhism, viewed not as a religion but as a psychology and a philosophy with ethical principles. The focus of the book rests on the commonality between the psychoanalyst's neutrality as he listens to his freely associating patient, and the Buddhist monk's non-judgmental attention to his mind. The psychoanalytic concepts of free association, the unconscious, transference and countertransference are compared to the implications of the Buddhist principles of impermanence, non-clinging (non-attachment), the hard-to-grasp concept of the "not-self", and the practice of meditation. The differences between the role of the analyst and that of the Buddhist teacher of meditation are explored, and the important difference between the analyst's emphasis on insight and thinking is compared to the Buddhist attention to awareness and experience.

part 1|50 pages


part 2|116 pages


chapter 3|12 pages

The practice of psychoanalysis and Buddhism *

ByNina Coltart

chapter 4|23 pages

Buddhist psychology: a work in process

ByAndrew Olendzki

chapter 5|20 pages

On the seashore of endless worlds: Buddha and Winnicott

ByMark Epstein

chapter 7|19 pages

A clinical encounter: mind without walls

BySara L. Weber

chapter 8|32 pages

My lives in psychoanalysis and Buddhism *

ByGerald I. Fogel

part 3|12 pages

Concluding Reflections

chapter 9|10 pages

Controversies and the potential for mutual enrichment

ByAxel Hoffer