Zen and the Psychology of Transformation

The Supreme Doctrine
By (author) Hubert Benoit
Zen and the Psychology of Transformation
The Supreme Doctrine
By (author) Hubert Benoit

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Edition : New Edition of The Supreme Doctrine

Pages : 264

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892812721

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : March 01, 1990

Format : Paperback Book

The Supreme Doctrine applies the essence of Oriental Wisdom to the pursuit of self-knowledge and transcendence. The first step in a holistic psychology is to begin examining the true “state of man,” rather than his aberrations. In so doing, we can activate our true potential to transform and give new direction and purpose to our lives.
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About Zen and the Psychology of Transformation

Man cannot live fully until he has considered the great questions of life. It is for this reason that we turn to Western psychology and metaphysics for help in solving our problems.

The approach of psychology and psychotherapy is based on "statistical normality," or the behavior of the greatest number. In an effort to conform, we focus on our problems rather than our possibilities, emulating a norm that falls drastically short of our full capacity for development.

Oriental thought, and Zen thought in particular, seeks to activate the true potential of men and women--to transform our lives, and thereby enable us to shed our problems and suffering.

The Supreme Doctrine applies the essence of Oriental Wisdom to the pursuit of self-knowledge and transcendence. The first step in a holistic psychology is to begin examining the true “state of man,” rather than its aberrations. In so doing, we can give new direction and purpose to our lives.

The author does not advocate “conversion” to Eastern thought, but rather an integration of East and West, wherein Western psychological thinking and reasoning can be enriched and clarified by Oriental wisdom.
Table of Contents

Table of content


Foreword by Aldous Huxley

Author's Preface

1.
  On the General Sense of Zen Thought

2.  'Good' and 'Evil'

3.  The Idolatry of 'Salvation'

4.  The Existentialism of Zen

5.  The Mechanism of Anxiety

6.  The Five Modes of Thought of the Natural Man--Psychological Conditions of Satori

7.  Liberty as 'Total Determinism'

8.  The Egotistical States

9.  The Zen Unconscious

10. Metaphysical Distress

11. Seeing into One's Own Nature--The Spectator of the Spectacle

12. How to Conceive the Inner Task According to Zen

13. Obedience to the Nature of Things

14. Emotion and the Emotive State

15. Sensation and Sentiment

16. On Affectivity

17. The Horseman and the Horse

18. The Primordial Error or 'Original Sin'

19. The Immediate Presence of Satori

20. Passivity of the Mind and Disintegration of our Energy

21. On the Idea of 'Discipline'

22. The Compensations

23. The Inner Alchemy

24. On Humility

Epilogue

Index

Author Bio
“Dr. Benoit has discussed the ‘supreme doctrine’ of Zen Buddhism in the light of Western psychological theory and Western psychiatric practice. This is a book that should be read by everybody who aspires to know who he is and what he can do to acquire self-knowledge.”
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Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"Should be read by everyone who aspires to know who he is and what he can do to acquire self-knowledge."

Aldous Huxley

Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

Zen Psychology

“Dr. Benoit has reason to be confident that the ancient Zen masters would have given him their imprimatur. He has understood their secret and made it his own. He invites us most searchingly to do the same.”
--London Times

Man cannot live fully until he has considered the great questions of life. It is for this reason that we turn to Western psychology and metaphysics for help in solving our problems. The approach of psychology and psychotherapy is based on “statistical normality,” or the behavior of the greatest number. In an effort to conform, we focus on our problems rather than our possibilities, emulating a norm that falls drastically short of our full capacity for development.

Oriental thought, and Zen thought in particular, seeks to activate the true potential of men and women--to transform our lives, and thereby enable us to shed our problems and sufferings.

The Supreme Doctrine applies the essence of Oriental wisdom to the pursuit of self-knowledge and transcendence. The first step in a holistic psychology is to begin examining the true “state of man,” rather than its aberrations. In so doing, we can give new direction and purpose to our lives.

The author does not advocate “conversion” to the Eastern thought, but rather an integration of East and West, wherein Western psychological thinking and reasoning can be enriched and clarified by Oriental wisdom.

“DR. BENOIT has discussed the ‘supreme doctrine’ of Zen Buddhism in the light of Western psychological theory and Western psychiatric practice. This is a book that should be read by everybody who aspires to know who he is and what he can do to acquire self-knowledge.”

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