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

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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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Red Book, Middle Way offers a new interpretation of Jung’s Red Book , in terms of the Middle Way, as a universal principle and embodied ethic, paralleled both in the Buddha’s teachings and elsewhere. Jung’s Red Book , finally published only in 2009, is a highly ambiguous text describing a succession of extraordinary visions, together with Jung’s interpretation of them. Jung explicitly discusses the Middle Way in the Red Book (although this has been largely ignored by scholars so far) and offers lots of material that can be understood in its terms. This book interprets the Red Book in relation to the archetypes met in its visions—the hero, the feminine, the Shadow, God and Christ, and follows Jung’s process of integrating these different internal figures. To do this Jung needs to find the Middle Way between absolutes at every point, in a way similar to the Buddha. Red Book, Middle Way will engage both those inspired by Jung and those interested in the Middle Way of the Buddha, offering a source of deep imaginative reflection on our practical human motives.

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Ellis, Robert. Bibliography. Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha's Method for Human Integration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 211-213 Oct 2020. ISBN 9781800500099. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42135. Date accessed: 01 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42135. Oct 2020

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