The Role of the Ego in Jungian Individuation and Yogacara Buddhism's Enlightenment

This article explores the Buddhist and Jungian approaches to the role of the ego in overcoming the limited (for Jung) or illusive (for Buddhists) sense of self rooted in ego-consciousness. Even though both Buddhists and Jung turn to the unconscious (for Jung) or the subliminal consciousness (for Bud...

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Published in:Pastoral psychology
Main Author: Lee, Insook (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Pastoral psychology
Year: 2017, Volume: 66, Issue: 2, Pages: 281-293
Further subjects:B Buddhists
B Buddhism
B Individuation (Philosophy)
B Enlightenment
B YOGACARA (Buddhism)
B Individuation
B Jung
B Ego (Psychology)
B Self
B Ego
B Subliminal mind
B Jungian Psychology
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Summary:This article explores the Buddhist and Jungian approaches to the role of the ego in overcoming the limited (for Jung) or illusive (for Buddhists) sense of self rooted in ego-consciousness. Even though both Buddhists and Jung turn to the unconscious (for Jung) or the subliminal consciousness (for Buddhists) to overcome the limitations of the ego, their approaches are radically different. The Jungian ego seems to work diligently in order to transcend itself, whereas Buddhists believe that we can bypass the ego's participation, namely, its rational analysis and interpretation, and can directly access the subliminal consciousness, alaya. In other words, Buddhists see the ego itself as the problem, or obstacle, in the path to Enlightenment whereas Jung ends up relying upon the active ego's intervention to become the full Self via individuation. Understanding this substantial difference will lead us to reappraise the reciprocal relationship between the ego and the subliminal mind in both the Jungian theory of individuation and Buddhist enlightenment.
ISSN:1573-6679
Contains:Enthalten in: Pastoral psychology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11089-016-0743-z