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Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

An Unfolding Dialogue

Jeremy D. Safran (Editor)


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"What a wonderful book! Jeremy Safran has assembled an absolutely stellar group of writers and has himself contributed an illuminating introduction. The essays are riveting and the book is the rare edited collection with real thematic unity. If you think you might have an interest in the intersection of psychoanalysis and Buddhism, this is the place to start. If you already know you're interested, once you look at the table of contents you'll find (at least I did) that you want to let Psychoanalysis and Buddhism displace whatever you were going to read next."--Donnel B. Stern, PhD, author of Unformulated Experience and editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Praise For Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue

"Psychoanalysis and Buddhism is an extraordinary book. While Jack Engler's brilliant opening essay sets the bar high for the other contributors, the entire volume is full of wonderful surprises. Chief among them are the contributions of many of the respected psychoanalysts, none of them known for their interest in Buddhism, who consistently defy expectations and push the thinking of their Buddhist colleagues to new horizons. This is a beautifully conceived work: innovative, provocative, fascinating and useful. Jeremy Safran deserves much praise."
— Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker

"This rich and important book is a landmark for both disciplines."
— Joan Halifax, Abbess, Upaya Zen Center

"A breakthrough book that will make all readers reexamine their thinking about psychoanalysis and religion."
— Lewis Aron, Ph.D., author of A Meeting of Minds

"Certain to become the emblematic book of this burgeoning relationship, given the range of cutting-edge psychoanalytic views represented, the beautifully edited dialogue format, and above all the urgency of the crisis of meaning in Western culture."
— Professor Andrew Samuels, author of Politics on the Couch

Wisdom Publications, 9780861713424, 464pp.

Publication Date: April 9, 1995

About the Author

Jeremy D. Safran, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1982 and his postdoctoral certification in psychoanalysis from New York University in 2001. To learn more about his psychotherapy research lab, visit