1st Edition

The Guide to Buddhist Counseling

By Kin Cheung Lee Copyright 2023
    216 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Buddhist concepts and practices have become increasingly popular and integrated into professional psychology. This book is the first to propose a theoretical orientation for counseling based on Early Buddhist teaching, and introduce it to counseling professionals for use in mental health treatment and practice.

    Lee begins his book by outlining the essential concepts required to understand the Buddhist view of human nature and the world. He presents the Buddhist counseling model and suggests practices for the spiritual advancement of counselors, including self-cultivation plans, contemplative exercises, and different types of meditation. Lastly, he discusses how to apply the model in assessment, conceptualization, and intervention, and uses several case examples to illustrate the actual process.

    As a go-to book in Buddhist counseling, this book is a valuable resource for Buddhist chaplains, counselors, and mental health professionals interested in using Buddhism in their clinical practice, as well as graduate students in religious studies and counseling.

    1. Brief History of Buddhism as an Indigenous Psychology 2. Buddhism and Science: Implications to Buddhist Counseling 3. Major Theoretical Assumptions in Buddhist Counseling 4. Overview of the Note, Know, Choose Intervention Model 5. Buddhist Spiritual Formation as a Counselor 6. Assessment in Buddhist Counseling 7. Buddhist Counseling Case Conceptualization 8. Intervention and Techniques: Note 9. Intervention and Techniques: Know 10. Intervention and Techniques: Choose 11. Termination 12. Ethical Considerations in Buddhist Counseling


    Kin Cheung (George) Lee is a Lecturer in the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong and a Licensed Psychologist in the State of California (PSY28022). He was previously the Director of Clinical Training at California School of Professional Psychology, Hong Kong campus, and the Assistant Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of the West.

    'This book is the bridge between the ideas of early Buddhism and the practice of Western style psychological counseling. It is an excellent introduction to early Buddhist ideas, integrating them as the theoretical backbone into a contemporary framework for professional counseling.'
    Liang Tien, Psy.D., ABPP, Professor, Illumination of Mindfulness Institute, Alliant International University

    'The Guide to Buddhist Counseling is an excellent guide for therapists and caregivers, contextualizing contemporary psychological practices with Buddhist principles. It provides real-world insights and case studies for anyone seeking to understand the workings of the mind and emotions through a Buddhist lens.'
    Elaine J. Yuen, Educator and Chaplain, USA, Past Chair, Department of Wisdom Traditions, Naropa University