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The mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism and western psychotherapy

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The mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism and western psychotherapy

Snook, Kathryn (2009) The mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism and western psychotherapy. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Several Western psychotherapeutic practices have incorporated the use of the mandala into their diagnostic and healing practices. Often, references to the Tibetan Buddhist mandala as being a sort of mandala prototype are found in the writing of Jungian psychoanalysts, art therapists and self-help instructors. This is especially intriguing given that Jungian psychotherapy is based upon the idea of a "Self" and the achievement of self-realization, whereas the inherent existence of any such "Self" is denied in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, with the mandala being employed to aid in this realization. Ultimately, this thesis brings together Tibetan Buddhist and Western psychotherapeutic scholarship regarding the mandala in an effort to determine how these two contexts conflict and/or conform to one another, and to shed light on how they may be reconciled despite their differences.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Religions and Cultures
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Snook, Kathryn
Pagination:v, 90 leaves : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Religion
Date:2009
Thesis Supervisor(s):Oppenheim, Michael
ID Code:976671
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:30
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43
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