Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis (Paperback)

Erich Fromm, Richard De Martino, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

How the wisdom of East and West can unite to bring meaning to our lives.

The key book in our quest for understanding of ourselves and our lives.

What differences are there in Eastern and Western thought regarding the nature of the human mind and our role in the cosmos? How can Zen and psychoanalysis help us in our struggle to realise our full potential as human beings and members of society?

Erich Fromm's seminal work among contemporary efforts to resolve our spiritual crisis results here in the great achievement of a language to reveal the contributions of Zen and psychoanalysis to our 'struggle to be fully born'. He shows how both can teach us in their different ways to live our lives rather than be 'lived by them'.

The book includes material from D.T. Suzuki, who explains with profound and gentle wisdom how Western materialism and intellectualism contrast with the Eastern concept of acceptance as the basis of well-being for the 'whole man'. His illuminating discussion of the unconscious and the self shed fresh light on our understanding of our own nature.

Combined with Richard De Martino's clear account of the psychology of Zen, these writings make up a work of brilliance and value that has much to help us in our quest for understanding.

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ISBN: 9780285647473

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Reviews for Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

'A fascinating study of the relationship between the two (Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis) and it is clear that both systems are similar in that they deal with the nature of man and with a practice leading to his transformation.'

 The Middle Way

'A remarkable and deeply interesting book.'

 Darlington Evening Despatch

'Dr Fromm's essay, together with the late Dr Suzuki's succinct exposition of Zen, illuminates with blazing clarity the simple difficult road to a sane society.'

 South Wales Argus

Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) was a German-born American psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. By applying psychoanalytic principles to the remedy of cultural ills, Fromm believed, mankind could develop a psychologically balanced "sane society."

Richard De Martino

Richard De Martino

Richard J. DeMartino, the co-author along with Erich Fromm and D.T. Suzuki of the little 1960's classic, Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis, died January 6 2013 in New York. DeMartino retired from the Department of Religion at Temple University as a senior associate professor in 1986 after teaching there for some 20 years.
Born in Harlem, New York on August 28, 1922, DeMartino graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in social science at the City College of New York. He was recruited as a Phi Beta Kappa member into the U.S. Navy Language School and he served active duty at the Joint Intelligence Center in Pearl Harbor and as naval language officer with the U.S. force occupying Japan in 1945-1946. After his discharge, he served in Tokyo as historical consultant to the defense panel of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.
During this period, he met D.T. Suzuki and began studying Zen Buddhism in Kita-Kamakura with him. DeMartino's studies continued during Suzuki's early years in the United States through the 1950s at the University of Hawaii, Claremont Graduate School, Harvard Divinity School and Columbia University as Suzuki's assistant.
DeMartino also studied with Zen thinker Shin'ichi Hisamatsu and translated many of Hisamatsu's writings into English. He participated in, and served as interpreter for, extended exchanges between Paul Tillich and Hisamatsu, which he edited for publication in the Eastern Buddhist as 'Conversations between Dr. Paul Tillich and Dr. Shin'ichi Hisamatsu.'
DeMartino's own treatments of the human situation and Zen Buddhism in his Ph.D. dissertation and several articles serve as a unique conceptual introduction to Zen Buddhism, on which he focused his academic career.
He is survived by his centenarian aunt who lives across the street, his extended family of cousins, his former students and his wife.

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin to the West.