This book explores the conceptual and practical connections that exist between phenomenology, Buddhism, and psychotherapy. These three disciplines clearly have completely different origins, histories, conceptualizations and academic environments and, at first blush, there seems to be no real bond between them. However, this book shows that there are connections between these diverse approaches, but they have the peculiar character of being latent and hidden. Thus, phenomenology and the practice of mindfulness share a similar, though perhaps not explicit, goal: to exclude the ego. Notwithstanding this connection, they approach this task from quite separate roads, each of which conceals this implicit goal, giving the impression that both disciplines are irreducible and disconnected, as if they were completely distinct and closed systems.
Cesar Ojeda is a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. He also coursed studied philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and has published numerous books on psychiatry, psychopathology and literature, including 'The classical schizophrenia', 'Delirium, reality and imagination', 'The presence of the absent: essay about desire', 'The third stage: critical essays about contemporary Psychiatry', 'Martin Heidegger and the path to silence', 'Thought and life: short essays', as well as the novels 'Karukina: the life of Onas in Isla Grande, Tierra del Fuego', 'The tall woman', 'The things of time', and 'Shaina'.