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J Am Acad Psychoanal Dyn Psychiatry. 2007 Winter;35(4):659-67. doi: 10.1521/jaap.2007.35.4.659.

The clinical thinking of Bion and the art of the Zen garden (Ryoan-ji).

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  • 1Psychotherapy Unit of Neuroscience, Genetic and Ophthalmologic Department of Genoa University, Italy. maurizio.bucca@libero.it

Abstract

It is my intention to suggest that there are several affinities between Bion's thought, in particular with such concepts as truth, absolute truth (O), the contact with O (at-one-ment), and the transformation into O, the act of faith, hallucinosis and illumination, and certain formulations referring to Zen Buddhism. These concepts can find, in turn, correspondences in the salient characteristics of the rock garden at Kyoto's Ryoan-ji temple.

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