HKSTA Study Group October 2021

This month we conclude our study of The Road to Enlightenment by learning from the insights of Hayao Kawai in his book Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy.

Kawai first learns about Psychotherapy from the West in the United States. But after returning to Japan, he continues to develop further insights into the Jungian’s theory through his understanding of Japanese Buddhism.

In this book, he touches upon the philosophy of Rosarium Philosophorum, (Rosary of the Philosophers) that has 20 pictures depicting a “spiritual journey” that the alchemist has to go through in order to achieve enlightenment. He then compares the journey of the Ten Oxen Herding pictures with this series of 20 pictures that show a similar process. Then he goes on to decipher how the East and the West defers in the finding of Self and their attainment of consciousness.   

In this study, we will introduce the concept of Rosarium Philosophorum that is the basis of alchemy where the union of animus and anima comes into being to achieve a new sense of awareness. We will see how Kawai compares this philosophy with the Ten Oxen Herding and how these concepts can be applied in the fairy tale of The Wizard of Oz to conclude our 3-part study of this series.

For those who are interested in getting to know the concept of Rosarium PHiosophorum, you can find an introduction from this link:


Study Topic: The Process of Individuation from the East and West
Presenters: Ms Jennifer Wong (A counsellor and a part-time assistant lecturerer for the Master program in counselling of the University of Hong Kong)
and Ms. Berenice Lee (A private practitioner, Certified Counsellor of HKPCA)
Date: October 27, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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