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Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research
Transcending the Boundaries

ISBN 9780415599344
Published August 10, 2010 by Routledge
560 Pages

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Book Description

Written by leading scholars and including a foreword by the Dalai Lama, this book explores the interface between Buddhist studies and the uses of Buddhist principles and practices in psychotherapy and consciousness studies. The contributors present a compelling collection of articles that illustrate the potential of Buddhist informed social sciences in contemporary society, including new insights into the nature of human consciousness.

The book examines the origins and expressions of Buddhist thought and how it is now being utilized by psychologists and social scientists, and also discusses the basic tenets of Buddhism and contemporary Buddhist-based empirical research in the psychological sciences. Further emphasis is placed on current trends in the areas of clinical and cognitive psychology, and on the Mahayana Buddhist understanding of consciousness with reference to certain developments in consciousness studies and physics.

A welcome addition to the current literature, the works in this remarkable volume ably demonstrate how Buddhist principles can be used to develop a deeper understanding of the human condition and behaviours that lead to a balanced and fulfilling life.

Table of Contents

Foreword HH the Dalai Lama  Preface Acknowledgements  Part 1: An Understanding of Consciousness from Traditional Buddhist Philosophical Perspectives 1. The First-person Perspective in Postmodern Psychology John Pickering  2. The Spiritual Significance of Emptiness in Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarik William Ames  3. A Comparative Study of the âlaya-vijñana as Seen from the Yogacara and Dzogchen Perspectives David F. Germano and William Waldron  4. Rangjung Dorje’s Variegations of Mind: Ordinary Awareness and Pristine Awareness in Tibetan Buddhist Literature Michael R. Sheehy  5. Nirvàõa and Neuroscience: The Self-Liberating Brain Guy Claxton  6. Vacuum States of Consciousness: A Tibetan Buddhist View B. Alan Wallace 7. The Co-Emergence of the Knower and the Known: A Comparison between Madhyamaka and Kant's Epistemology Michel Bitbol  8. The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Neuroscience and Happiness Owen Flanagan, Jr  9. The Co-arising of Self and Object, World, and Society: Buddhist and Scientific Approaches William S. Waldron  10. Tibetan Buddhism and Jungian Psychology Victor Mansfield  Part 2: Mental Afflictions: Their Arising and Deconstruction  11. Mindfulness in the Pàli Nikàyas Analayo 12. The Transformative Impact of Non-Self Andrew Olendzki  13. Tsong-kha-pa’s Gradual Path System for Ending Mental Afflictions and his Methods for Countering Anger James Apple 14. Western Science Meets Eastern Wisdom to Experience Bodily Feelings Michael S. Drummond  15. Zen Koan and Mental Health: The Art of Not Deceiving Yourself Mu Soeng  16. Buddhism in the West: The Primacy of Meditation Practice Christopher D. Tori  17. Destructive Emotions Daniel Goleman 18. Finding the Middle Way: A Multi-Domain Model of Meditation in the Treatment of Compulsive Eating Jean Kristeller and James W. Jones 19. Mindfulness Meditation in the Prevention and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors G. Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, George A. Parks, Anil Coumar 20. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression John D. Teasdale 21. The Psychological Processes Underlying Mindfulness: Exploring the Link Between Buddhism and Modern Contextual Behavioral Psychology Steven C. Hayes, Chad Shenk, Akihiko Masuda, Kara Bunting 22. Buddhist Practice and Emotional Intelligence: Finding the Convergence Joseph Ciarrochi 23. Mindfulness and Enactment in Psychoanalysis Jeremy D. Safran 24. Contribution of Modern Psychological Methods to the Attainment of Buddhist Goals Marvin Levine Epilogue: Where We Are and Where We Are Likely to Go Christopher D. Tori and D. K. Nauriyal

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D. K. Nauriyal is Professor of the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, India.

Michael S. Drummond is an interdisciplinary PhD researcher in Pali Buddhist Studies and Psychology at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he commenced his work under the late Professor Ria Kloppenborg.

Y. B. Lal is Associate Professor ( Rtd.) at the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, India.