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Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research

Transcending the Boundaries, 1st Edition

Edited by D.K. Nauriyal, Michael S. Drummond, Y.B. Lal


524 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism is a comprehensive study of the Buddhist tradition. The series explores this complex and extensive tradition from a variety of perspectives, using a range of different methodologies. The series is diverse in its focus, including historical, philological, cultural, and sociological investigations into the manifold features and expressions of Buddhism worldwide. It also presents works of constructive and reflective analysis, including the role of Buddhist thought and scholarship in a contemporary, critical context and in the light of current social issues. The series is expansive and imaginative in scope, spanning more than two and a half millennia of Buddhist history. It is receptive to all research works that are of significance and interest to the broader field of Buddhist Studies.

Some of the titles in the series are published in association with the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, which conducts and promotes rigorous teaching and research into all forms of the Buddhist tradition.

Editorial Advisory Board:
James A. Benn, McMaster University, Canada

Jinhua Chen, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Rupert Gethin, University of Bristol, UK

Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland, UK

Sallie King, James Madison University, USA

Anne Klein, Rice University, USA

Lori Meeks, University of Southern California, USA;

Ulrich Pagel, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

John Powers, Australian National University, Australia;

Juliane Schober, Arizona State University, USA

Vesna A. Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Michael Zimmermann, University of Hamburg, Germany

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies