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

Death of the Hero

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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The Red Book early on depicts the killing of the hero, thus symbolising the limitations of the ego. However, as he goes on Jung finds himself re-encountering the heroic through sacrifice, magic and a ‘son’ who apparently represents his work. Jung’s process of killing but also reviving the hero also reflects the Middle Way in that he can’t succeed by merely repressing, nor by idealising, his own ego.

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Ellis, Robert. Death of the Hero. Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha's Method for Human Integration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 127-138 Oct 2020. ISBN 9781800500099. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40408. Date accessed: 17 Apr 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40408. Oct 2020

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