Psychology and Buddhism: From Individual to Global Community / Edition 1

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Psychology and Buddhism are each concerned with understanding and transforming human behavior. Moreover, both traditions have relevance that extends beyond the individual to the community and global level. Indeed some Buddhist traditions, such as the Nichiren sect, have devoted their entire mission to the establishment of peace worldwide. This book advances a serious consideration of how the goals and practices of psychology can be informed and enriched by Buddhist traditions that transcend the individual to consider the interconnectedness of all things, and the responsibility we have towards the other. Individualistic and psychotherapeutic applications of Buddhism in psychology are examined, followed by a bold step into the community arena, with consideration given to the intersection between community psychology and Buddhist approaches to empowerment, social change, and prevention. The emerging perspective of individuals and communities, empowered and ready to engage the millennium, ultimately has global implications for the future of humankind. Psychology and Buddhism envisions how future integration and collaboration between psychology and Buddhism have the potential to transform the way human beings understand and interact with one another on a global scale.

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"This aptly titled volume includes contributions from a range of perspectives, culminating ina well-rounded presentation. [...] Bankart's brief history of Buddhism in the West is particularly interesting, since it covers both the use and misuse of Buddhist ideas. Recommended.'"
(Choice 41:6, February 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306474125
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Series: International and Cultural Psychology Series
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors. Acknowledgments.
Introduction; G.R. Dudley-Grant, C.P. Bankart, K.H. Dockett.
Part I: Foundations. 1. On the Path of the Buddha: A Psychologists' Guide to the History of Buddhism; C.P. Bankart, K.H. Dockett, G.R. Dudley-Grant. 2. Five Manifestations of the Buddha in the West: A Brief History; C.P. Bankart. 3. Value and Meaning in Gestalt Psychology and Mahayana Buddhism; E.S. Ragsdale.
Part II: Healing and Psychotherapy: Alternatives in Psychotherapy. 4. Buddhism, Psychology, and Addiction Theory In Psychotherapy; G.R. Dudley-Grant. 5. Suffering from Biobabble: Searching for a Science of Subjectivity; P. Young-Eisendrath. 6. Role of Responsibility in Daseinanalysis and Buddhism; B. Siew Luan Khong. 7. Classical Buddhist Model of a Healthy Mind; R.P. Hayes.
Part III: Empowerment, Responsibility and the Challenges of Change. 8. Buddhist Empowerment: Individual, Organizational, and Societal Transformation; K.H. Dockett. 9. The Role of Religion and Spirituality in Community Building; L.A. Jason, J. Moritsugu. 10. Transcending Self and Other: Mahayana Principles of Integration; K.H. Dockett, D. North-Schulte. 11. Environmental Problems and Buddhist Ethics: From the Perspective of the Consciousness-Only Doctrine; S. Yamamoto. 12. Buddhist Social Principles; D.W. Chappell.
Part IV: Future Directions: Global Impact. 13. On the Path to Peace and Wholeness: Conclusion to Psychology and Bubbhism; G.R. Dudley-Grant, C.P. Bankart, K.H. Dockett.
Author Index. Subject Index. About the Editors.

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