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Black, D.M. (2017). Who founded Buddhism? Notes on the Psychological Effectiveness of Religious Objects. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(2):435-455.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(2):435-455

Who founded Buddhism? Notes on the Psychological Effectiveness of Religious Objects

David M. Black

(Accepted for publication 2 March 2016)

Starting with an outline of Buddhist history from a psychoanalytic perspective, this paper uses ideas from philosophy and psychoanalysis to consider the nature of the psychological effectiveness of religious objects. It suggests that the development of the devotional cult of Buddhas ‘without form’ such as Amitābha, at-first-glance surprising when juxtaposed with the founding vision of Gautama Siddhartha, tells us a great deal about the psychological needs that impel the evolution of religious thinking. Distinguishing religious objects from mythological ones, it argues that ‘religious objects’ are, more specifically, allegorical objects that can be encountered in the second person; that these may not always be well described as ‘illusion’; and that they may in some cases be better understood as providing opportunities for experience that, like the transference in psychoanalysis, may have far-reaching psychological impacts.

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