Interdisciplinary Papers

I have grouped these papers thematically into those dealing primarily with my newest book, Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge (February, 2008, Templeton Foundation Press), my second book Head and Heart, and under the topics Jungian Psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, and Others.  For easier reading, they pop up in a new window and can be printed with formatting and graphics.  I have marked the less technical, more introductory papers, with a double smiley like this: ☺☺.

From Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics

[Newest]☺☺"Einstein and Quantum Nonlocality: A Doorway to Emptiness and Compassion" [This is an easy introduction to the connection between quantum nonlocality and emptiness, along with a feeling approach to compassion through suffering.  Taken from several chapters in my new book and only 3,284 words.]

☺☺"Raimon Panikkar and the Union of Love and Knowledge: Quantum Mechanics and Compassion" [This essay in honor of Panikkar combines some of his central ideas to some ideas in my forthcoming book Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward the Union of Love and Knowledge (to be published by the Templeton Foundation Press.).  Not a technical paper. 5,521 words.]

☺☺"Quantum Mechanics and Compassion" [This is a chapter from my new book, Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward the Union of Love and Knowledge.  It discusses parallels between some fundamental principles of quantum mechanics and the Tibetan Buddhist idea of compassion.  In the process, it draws out some uncomfortable conclusions.  5844 words.]

"The Physics of Peace: Quantum Nonlocality and Buddhist Emptiness"  [Through a careful, but nontechnical, analysis of Bell's Inequality we see how nonlocality in quantum mechanics makes a profound connection with Emptiness in Middle Way Buddhism and thereby can contribute to world peace.  11,066 words.  Another chapter in Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics.]

From Head and Heart 

"The Complementarity of Analytical Psychology and Physics (Part 1)"  [Written for the Third Festival of Myth and Psyche: Science and the Sacred in Colorado Springs, CO, July 2003.  Published in 2004 in Harvest: The Journal of Jungian Studies, 50, 1, pp. 7-27. I believe I have finally understood the relationship between Analytical or Jungian Psychology and Physics.  Many ideas come together for me here and it is completed in part 2.  7,014 words.]

 "Analytical Psychology and Physics, Part 2: Synchronicity, Paranormal, and Unity."  [A continuation of Part 1 in which I show how we must differentiate between synchronicity and paranormal phenomena.  I also explore the nature of the unity implied by the complementarity between analytical psychology and physics.  7,550 words.]

☺☺ "Soul-Making and Science: Crossing to Safety."  [A paper taken from my new book Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred. This paper compares and contrasts scientific knowledge with spiritual knowledge.  Published in the July 2002 issue of the Science of Mind magazine.  3892 words.]

Jungian Psychology

"Tibetan Buddhism and Analytical Psychology: Appreciating Differences in Theory and Practice."  [A paper presented at the 6/05 Texas meeting of the International Association of Jungian Studies.  A discussion of the relationship between Tibetan Buddhism and Analytical Psychology that goes a little deeper than the paper below.  8,497 words.]

 

"Tibetan  Buddhism and Jungian Psychology." [An invited paper for a new book on Buddhism entitled Buddhist Philosophy and Practices in the Modern Context.  This paper discusses Jung's understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.  It uses a personal synchronicity example to discuss Emptiness, the guru-disciple relationship, and deity yoga.  7,875 words.]

"The Rhine-Jung Letters: Distinguishing Parapsychological from Synchronistic Events", [Using the recently found letters between Rhine and Jung we show that parapsychology is distinct from synchronicity. (Similar to the first paper below.) 9,608 words. Published in the Journal of Parapsychology, 62:1 (March, 1998).]

"Distinguishing Synchronicity from Parapsychological Phenomena: An Essay in Honor of Marie-Louise von Franz", [Contrary to Jungian writers, I argue that synchronicity is distinguishable from parapsychological phenomena. I show that keeping them distinct helps us understand both classes of phenomena. 11,330 words. Part One has been published in Quadrant, The Journal of Contemporary Jungian Thought, vol. XXVIII:2, summer 1998, while Part Two is coming out soon.]

"On the Physics and Psychology of the Transference as an Interactive Field", [The field notion in both modern physics and depth psychology combine to give a deeper understanding of phenomena in depth analysis. 10,400 words. Published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology, 1997.]

☺☺"The Challenge of Synchronicity", [A clarification of synchronicity reveals significant scientific and philosophic challenges and a need to reconsider the value of psychological wounds. 4,700 words. Published in Quest Magazine, 1996.]

Tibetan Buddhism

"Tibetan Buddhism and Analytical Psychology: Appreciating Differences in Theory and Practice."  [See above under Jungian Psychology]

"Tibetan  Buddhism and Jungian Psychology." [(This is also listed under Jungian Psychology above.)  An invited paper for a new book on Buddhism entitled Buddhist Philosophy and Practices in the Modern Context.  This paper discusses Jung's understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.  It uses a personal synchronicity example to discuss Emptiness, the guru-disciple relationship, and deity yoga.  It was part of a presentation to the Namgyal Monastery on June 12, 2004. 7,875words.]

"Time and Impermanence in Middle Way Buddhism and Modern Physics" [An invited talk at the Physics and Tibetan Buddhism Conference, UC Santa Barbara, Jan 30-31, 1998.  Tibetan Buddhist emptiness and the physics of time combine to show our deep connections to the universe and each other. Application is made to compassion and suffering. Similar to the paper on time below, but more accessible and applied.  6,854 words.  Published in a book on the conference by Columbian University Press.]

"Time in Madhyamika Buddhism and Modern Physics", [Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and the modern view of time in physics join hands to reveal our deep interconnection with nature and thereby provide a rationale for universal compassion. 7,200 words. Published in The Pacific World: Journal of Buddhist Studies, 1996.]

Others

"An Astrophysicist's Sympathetic and Critical View of Astrology", [A plenary talk presented at the Cycles and Symbols Conference, San Francisco, Feb 14-16, 1997. 6,362 words. Published in The Mountain Astrologer, 8/97.]

"Modern Cosmology as Metaphor and the Double Nature of Soul", [Modern astronomy, depth psychology, and Neoplatonism combine to show how the structure of the universe gives insight into our soul. A modern "as above so below." 6,923 words.  Published in Spring.]

"The Guru-Disciple Relationship: Making Connections and Withdrawing Projections", [An application of Jungian transference to understanding the guru-disciple relationship leads to suggestions for modern Westerners interested in Eastern spiritual practice. 9,700 words. Refused publication at the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Despite praise, they said it was more for those who had a guru than analysts. See what you think.]

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