Christ as the Middle Way
Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha's Method for Human Integration - Robert M. Ellis
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Middle Way Society
Robert M Ellis has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Cambridge BA in Oriental Studies and Theology. Originally from a Christian background, he spent about 20 years practising Buddhism, including as a member of the Triratna Order. However, he now describes himself as a Middle Way practitioner without exclusive loyalty to any one religious tradition. Over the last 20 years he has developed Middle Way Philosophy, initially in his Ph.D. thesis. This is best described as a practical and integrative philosophical approach, incorporating many elements not only from Buddhism but also from psychology, neuroscience, and other aspects of Western thought. In 2013 he founded the Middle Way Society (www.middlewaysociety.org) to develop and apply Middle Way Philosophy beyond the limitations of the Buddhist tradition, both in theory and practice. Robert has earned a living for more than 20 years as a teacher and tutor of philosophy and related subjects. He has previously published both academic and introductory books about Middle Way Philosophy, and recently a parallel book on Christianity, ‘The Christian Middle Way’.
Jung’s archetypal view of Christ sees him as an unavoidable inner figure, whose suffering can represent the way that our own suffering can force us out of old assumptions. His visions also provide a raw encounter with the meaning of the eucharist, and record a process of wrestling with how to combine authenticity with the ‘imitation’ of Christ.