A comprehensive collection of essays exploring the interstices of Eastern and Western modes of thinking about the self, Crossroads in Psychoanalysis, Buddhism, and Mindfulness: The Word and the Breath documents just some of the challenges, conflicts, pitfalls, and wow moments that inhere in today's historical and cultural intersections of theory, practice, and experience. As this collection demonstrates, the crossroads between Buddhist and psychoanalytic approaches to mindfulness are rich beyond belief in integrative potential. The surprising and fertile connections from which this book originates, and the future ones which every reader in turn will spur, will invigorate and intensify this specific form of contemporary commerce at the crossroads of East and West. Analytically-oriented psychotherapists, themselves of different climates and cultures, break out of the seclusion of the consulting room to think, translate, meditate on, and mediate their experiences-generated via the maternal order-in such a way as to make those experiences thinkable via the necessary filters of the paternal order of language. In this light the word and the breath of the book's subtitle are addressed as the privileged instruments of psychoanalysis and meditation, respectively.
Anthony Molino, PhD, is a practicing psychoanalyst, anthropologist, and literary translator. His works include The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, Freely Associated: Encounters in Psychoanalysis with C. Bollas, N. Coltart, M. Eigen, J. McDougall, and A. Phillips and In Freud's Tracks: Conversations from the Journal of European Psychoanalysis. Roberto Carnevali is a psychotherapist who works both privately and in institutional psychiatry. Director of the Italian magazine Pratica Psicoterapeutica, he is the author of several books and a frequent contributor to some of Italy's foremost professional journals. Alessandro Giannandrea, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and mindfulness meditation instructor. His ongoing research interests focus on the connections between psychotherapy, mindfulness, Buddhism, and the philosophy of mind. The author of several articles on these topics, he collaborates with the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness and Rome's Sapienza University.