Posts tagged with the category Mark Yang
Bearing Witness to Refugees' Experience
One of the things that we existential psychologists take seriously is the existence of evil in the world. It is so painful for me when I become aware of how much evil and pain is perpetrated in the world for various reasons. The pain is such that I prefer not to think about most of the time. When I do take time to think about it, I am baffled,...
An Asian Story of Sacrifice
I want to share with you a beautiful story of sacrifice that is representative of the sacrifice that many endure here in Asia in order to enter into our profession. The lady shared this story in a short introduction she gave of herself during one of my workshops. Her name is Daisy.
Daisy had been thinking for a while about leaving her job as a...
The Artist Within
A number of us humanists and New Existentialists travelled to China recently for the Second International Conference on Existential Psychology. It was an awe inspiring and moving time for many of us. A team of us then traveled to various locations throughout China to deliver workshops with the goal of introducing existential psychology to China....
Pain Without Suffering
I’d like to share with you one of my finest supervision sessions. The session did not start off very promising for through parallel process, I was confronted with the same sense of helplessness as my student. However, in the midst of despair came inspiration and beauty that I would like to share with you. The student is doing his placement...
Linsanity—An Example of Collectivist Leadership
I am seriously bummed that Jeremy Lin has a bad knee. I am going through Linsanity withdrawal. Linsanity is a form of delirium that I’ll willingly practice and admit to. It is a nice counterbalance to the individualism that is marketed by the NBA. The NBA promotes its stars, and it is effective marketing. I am a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers...
Cross Cultural Dialogue: A Matter of Fecal Exchange
A number of us including Dr. Louis Hoffman and Dr. Jason Dias, members of the New Existentialists, have been travelling into China and Hong Kong to promote East-West dialogue in the area of Existential Psychology. This has been a very rewarding endeavor and we have invited others, including Dr. Erik Craig to join us in this mission....
Flight from Shadow
Carl Jung brought into our consciousness the archetype of the shadow. He consistently warned us of the dangers of not integrating our shadow. Consider the following two quotes:
Taking it in its deepest sense, the shadow is the invisible saurian tail that man still drags behind him. Carefully amputated, it becomes the healing serpent of...
Listening and the Fasting of the Mind
Having introduced you to the Tao Te Ching in my last post, I follow up with another chapter from this wonderful text which expounds upon ways of knowing and the importance of emptiness, patience, stillness and tranquility.
The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to...
Darkness Within Darkness, The Gateway to All Understanding
This is the last two lines to the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching. Perhaps you’ve heard of the famous first line - The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. Here is the entire first chapter:
The Tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the...