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Red Book, Middle Way: How Jung Parallels the Buddha's Method for Human Integration
Robert M. Ellis
Equinox Publishing / Softcover / Oct 2020
9781800500099 (ISBN-10: 1800500092)
C. G. Jung / Buddhism
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Jung's Red Book, finally published only in 2009, is a highly ambiguous text describing a succession of extraordinary visions, together with Jung's interpretation of them. Red Book, Middle Way offers a new interpretation of Jung's Red Book, in terms of the Middle Way, as a universal principle and embodied ethic, paralleled both in the Buddha's teachings and elsewhere. Jung explicitly discusses the Middle Way in the Red Book (although this has been largely ignored by scholars so far) as well as offering lots of material that can be understood in its terms. This book interprets the Red Book in relation to the archetypes met in its visions - the hero, the feminine, the Shadow, God and Christ, and follows Jung's process of integrating these different internal figures. To do this Jung needs to find the Middle Way between absolutes at every point, in a way similar to the Buddha.

"Summaries of Jung's visions and representative quotes give a decent sense of the philosopher's writing, and citations to the three most common versions of Red Book are helpful. . . . This articulate theoretical work is best suited for academics and other specialists looking for fresh ways to approach Jung." --Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents:

1. The Middle Way in the Red Book and the Buddha's Quest
2. God as Integrative Archetype
3. The Wise: Elijah and Philemon
4. Christ as the Middle Way
5. The Tree of Life and the Mandala
6. Integrating the Shadow
7. The Soul and the Anima
8. Death of the Hero
9. Embodied Meaning and the Scholars
10. Complaints of the Dead
11. Gnostic versus Agnostic
12. Towards a Jungian Integrative Ethic

About the Author:

Robert M. Ellis is the founder of the Middle Way Society and author of a range of books on Middle Way Philosophy, both within and beyond Buddhism. These include The Christian Middle Way (Christian Alternative, 2018) and The Buddha's Middle Way: Experiential Judgement in his Life and Teaching (Equinox Publishing, 2019). He has a PhD in Philosophy and a Cambridge BA in Oriental Studies and Theology. He has taught in many different contexts, and was formerly a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

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