Enlightenment Therapy

In his 2009 NY Times article, Enlightenment Therapy, Chip Brown describes a relationship between Buddhism and Psychoanalysis as lived by Zen master Mitsunen.


“What darkness is to psychoanalysis, light is to Zen. In pursuit of mystic illumination, ‘the vast ocean of dazzling light,’ Zen is cheerfully unconcerned with the manufacture and distribution of personal meaning… Where psychoanalysis is keen to unpack a patient’s past — especially those aspects of the past that distort perception in the present.

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