Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism

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The renowned psychoanalyst and New York Times–bestselling author of The Art of Loving unites philosophy from the East and West.
 In 1957, social philosopher and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm invited Daisetz T. Suzuki, the most famous Zen Buddhist master in the Western world, to a seminar at his new home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Their discussion was one of the highlights of Fromm’s life, and the paper Fromm presented (and later expanded into a book) was a watershed work. Fromm demonstrates his mastery of the philosophy and practice of Zen, perfectly articulating how Zen tenets fit into the ideas of psychoanalysis. In this text, he creates new perspectives on both systems of thought. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate. 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Mar 26, 2013
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64
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ISBN
9781480402072
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Language
English
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Philosophy / Buddhist
Psychology / Movements / Psychoanalysis
Religion / Buddhism / General
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