Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha’s Method for Human Integration - Robert M. Ellis

Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha’s Method for Human Integration - Robert M. Ellis

The Soul and the Anima

Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha’s Method for Human Integration - Robert M. Ellis

Robert M. Ellis [+-]
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’.

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Jung encounters the feminine in himself in the form of his soul, whom he meets in various attractive forms in different visions. The feminine also often stands for embodied meaning and love in Jung’s experience. Jung works imperfectly with his love-hate relationship with his soul, but succeeds to the extent that he avoids the extremes of response. The Buddhist Brahmavihara meditations are explored as a practical way of working with the unbalanced demands that may accompany love for the projected anima/ animus.

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Ellis, Robert. The Soul and the Anima. Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha’s Method for Human Integration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781800500099. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40407. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40407. Oct 2020

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