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By Tao Jiang

Are there Buddhist conceptions of the subconscious? if this is the case, are they extra Freudian, Jungian, or whatever else? If now not, can Buddhist conceptions be reconciled with the Freudian, Jungian, or different types? those are many of the questions that experience encouraged sleek scholarship to procedure ālayavijñāna, the storehouse recognition, formulated in Yogācāra Buddhism as a subliminal reservoir of trends, conduct, and destiny possibilities.

Tao Jiang argues convincingly that such questions are inherently problematical simply because they body their interpretations of the Buddhist idea principally when it comes to responses to trendy psychology. He proposes that, if we're to appreciate ālayavijñāna safely and evaluate it with the subconscious responsibly, we have to swap the way in which the questions are posed in order that ālayavijñāna and the subconscious can first be understood inside their very own contexts after which recontextualized inside of a dialogical environment. In so doing, definite paradigmatic assumptions embedded within the unique frameworks of Buddhist and sleek mental theories are uncovered. Jiang brings jointly Xuan Zang’s ālayavijñāna and Freud’s and Jung’s subconscious to target what the variations are within the thematic issues of the 3 theories, why such adjustments exist by way of their goals, and the way their equipment of theorization give a contribution to those differences.

Contexts and Dialogue places forth a desirable, erudite, and punctiliously argued presentation of the subliminal brain. It proposes a brand new paradigm in comparative philosophy that examines the what, why, and the way in navigating the similarities and adjustments of philosophical structures via contextualization and recontextualization.

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