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Re: Freud, Buddha and their co-relevance

Posted by dj on February 19, 2000, at 1:41:30

In reply to Re: Freud and his relevance, posted by Cam W. on February 18, 2000, at 23:10:12

That's exactly my understanding Cam. Freud was very methaphorical as is much of theological thought. The book "Thoughs Without a Thinker" by Mark Epstein is a great overview and comparism of Freudian vs Buddhist perspectives on the perception. Buddhism is very much about Insight, coming form the individual using meditative tools.

And learning to let go is also a major part of it all, which the same author writes very eloquently about in another book of his: "Going to Pieces, Without Falling Apart". As both a practicing buddhist and a psychoanalyst he knows his terrritory and the fact that the map is not the territory.


> To All -
> Have any of you read at least some of Freud's book? I did a few years ago. What struck me was that he seemed to be speaking in metaphor about physical and emotion states, to which there were no words available to describe what he was seeing (or understanding). People seemed to have taken these metaphors literally. The cocaine that Freud was habitually using may have make him paranoid or apathetic about the responses his books elicited. Most of the criticisms we hear today were formulated after his death. Freudian metaphor was not to understood in the literal context, but as a metaphorical explanation of the unknown. - Cam W.




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