Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research: Transcending the Boundaries. Edited by D.K. Nauriyal, Michael S. Drummond, Y.B. Lal. Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism. Routledge, 2010 [Paperback]. 522 pages.

Written by leading scholars and including a foreword by the Dalai Lama, Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research: Transcending the Boundaries 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.

Foreword HH the Dalai Lama

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 Mulamadhyamakakarika 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. Nirvàna 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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