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The Signifier Pointing at the Moon: Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism [Paperback]

Raul Moncayo

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June 1 2012 1855754762 978-1855754768
Although the foreground focus of this book is the relationship between Zen Buddhism and Lacanian psychoanalysis, its content matter will be examined and elucidated against the background of the relationship between modernity and postmodernity and within the larger context of the psychology of religion and the similarities and differences among various psychoanalytic schools.

The dialogue between psychoanalysis and Buddhism has become quite popular within English-American culture. Over the last ten years several books have been published that explore the relationship between the two traditions. The author believes that the Lacanian framework offers a fresh perspective from which to consider the internal relations between psychoanalysis and Buddhism.

This book clarifies and reframes some of the misunderstandings between psychoanalysis and Buddhism, and between Eastern and Western cultures.

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'Challenging and stimulating, opens fresh channels of experience as it clears old battlefields. One of the best books on the dialogue between Buddhism and psychoanalysis that I've read. The main interlocutors are Mahayana Buddhism's "no self" and Lacan's "empty subject", with intriguing insights on every page. Mesmerising and enlightening.'- Michael Eigen, Author, Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis

About the Author

Raul Moncayo is Training Director for Mission Mental Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health Research Faculty at Alliant University (California School of Professional Psychology)and Training Analyst of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley, California; Private Practice of Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Consultation, and Supervision.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, rare book March 25 2014
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one of the rare finds... once I started reading I could not stop. It is amazing how the author master two very difficult subjects in their full complexity.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you meet Lacan on the road, hug him...... Feb. 10 2014
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Very nice crossing of two similar and disparate lenses. Thought provoking, if at times a bit oblique (that comes with the territory). More than a few mind expanding moments.

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