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Author Loy, David, 1947-

Title Lack and transcendence : the problem of death and life in psychotheraphy, existentialism, and Buddhism / David Loy
Published Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1996


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Description xxii, 196 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. The Nonduality of Life and Death -- 2. The Moving Image of Eternity -- 3. The Pain of Being Human -- 4. The Meaning of It All -- 5. Trying to Become Real -- Conclusion: Transcendence East and West
Summary Written in a clear, jargon-free style that does not assume prior familiarity with the topics discussed, this book will appeal to a variety of readers including psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars of religion - particularly of Buddhism - Continental philosophers, and literary and culture critics
Whatever the differences in their methods and goals, psychotherapy, existentialism, and Buddhism are concerned with the same fundamental issues of life and death and death-in-life. In Lack and Transcendence, David Loy brings all three traditions together for the first time in a synthesis receptive to the insights of each, thereby casting fresh light on familiar problems. Dr. Loy's work grew out of the cross-fertilization of two basic ideas: the psychotherapeutic concept of repression and the Buddhist doctrine of nonself. Buddhism implies that our primal repression is not fear of death but the quite valid suspicion that "I" am not real. This shift from libido-instinct to the way we understand our situation opens up new perspectives and possibilities which this book explores
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-189) and index
Subject Buddhism.
Death -- Psychological aspects.
Death -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Existential psychology.
Existential psychotherapy.
LC no. 95000255
ISBN 0391038605