View Book

Red Book, Middle Way

ID: 2970 - View Book Page - Edit In OJS

Red Book, Middle Way offers a new interpretation of Jung's Red Book, in terms of the Middle Way, as a universal principle and embodied ethic, paralleled both in the Buddha's teachings and elsewhere. Jung's Red Book, finally published only in 2009, is a highly ambiguous text describing a succession of extraordinary visions, together with Jung's interpretation of them. Jung explicitly discusses the Middle Way in the Red Book (although this has been largely ignored by scholars so far) and offers lots of material that can be understood in its terms. This book interprets the Red Book in relation to the archetypes met in its visions -- the hero, the feminine, the Shadow, God and Christ -- and follows Jung's process of integrating these different internal figures. To do this Jung needs to find the Middle Way between absolutes at every point, in a way similar to the Buddha. Red Book, Middle Way will engage both those inspired by Jung and those interested in the Middle Way of the Buddha, offering a source of deep imaginative reflection on our practical human motives.

Published: Oct 7, 2020

Section Chapter Authors
List of Illustrations Robert Ellis
Acknowledgements Robert Ellis
Introduction Robert Ellis
Chapter 1
The Middle Way in the Red Book and in the Buddha’s Quest Robert Ellis
Chapter 2
God as Integrative Archetype Robert Ellis
Chapter 3
The Wise: Elijah and Philemon Robert Ellis
Chapter 4
Christ as the Middle Way Robert Ellis
Chapter 5
The Tree of Life and the Mandala Robert Ellis
Chapter 6
Integrating the Shadow Robert Ellis
Chapter 7
The Soul and the Anima Robert Ellis
Chapter 8
Death of the Hero Robert Ellis
Chapter 9
Embodied Meaning and the Scholars Robert Ellis
Chapter 10
Complaints of the Dead Robert Ellis
Chapter 11
Gnostic versus Agnostic Robert Ellis
Chapter 12
Towards a Jungian Integrative Ethic Robert Ellis
Conclusion Robert Ellis
End Matter
Bibliography Robert Ellis
Index Robert Ellis


An interesting and unusual take on Jung's Red Book, that helps us to see how the Red Book may be pertinent to both the detailed issues of our own life and the existential territory that we must all pass through. It has caused me to think deeply and at times furiously.
Ian Rees, Psychotherapist, Annwn Foundation

Drawing on parallels with more recent psychological and neurological research, this is bound to be of huge interest to scholars, psychologists and those interested in what it has to say about spirituality. This lucidly written book will also be of interest to those wanting an introduction to or wanting to navigate their own way through Jung's multi-layered text.
Graham Mummery, poet and transpersonal psychotherapist, and author of Meeting My Inners

Insightful analysis. Summaries of Jung’s visions and representative quotes give a decent sense of the philosopher’s writing, and citations to the three most common versions of Red Book are helpful.
Publishers Weekly

Those scholars interested in the connections between psychology and religion (especially as it pertains to the works of Jung) or contemplative studies...may find this book a useful study.
Religious Studies Review