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Tangles and webs
Format: Miscellaneous
Publication Date: 1976
Publisher: Lake House Investments
Place of Publication: Colombo
Sources ID: 120071
Visibility: Private
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Tangles and Webs, by Buddhist scholar in the Theravāda tradition Padmasiri De Silva, uses existential philosophy and the psychoanalytic tradition to interpret and understand Buddhist teachings. The author upon draws on Freud, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Satre and others with the idea that existentialism is more a "tone of voice" than a systemized intellectual ideology. De Silva particularly focuses on the Buddhist concept of suffering (dukkha). Tying together Buddhist and existential ideas is the concept of the "human tangle," an idea elaborated on in one Buddhist text: "Tangles within, tangles without, entangled is the race of sentient beings." The author weaves this theme to the broader existential views on anxiety and alienation. The book ends with a postscript on therapy which looks at existential approaches to the treatment of psychopathology as found in existential psychology and phenomenology-based psychiatry. (Zach Rowinski 2005-01-06)