This comprehensive handbook presents a Zen account of fundamental and important dimensions of daily living. It explores how Zen teachings inform a range of key topics across the field of behavioral health and discuss the many uses of meditation and mindfulness practice in therapeutic contexts, especially within cognitive-behavioral therapies. Chapters outline key Zen constructs of self and body, desire, and acceptance, and apply these constructs to Western frameworks of health, pathology, meaning-making, and healing. An interdisciplinary panel of experts, including a number of Zen masters who have achieved the designation of roshi, examines intellectual tensions among Zen, mindfulness, and psychotherapy, such as concepts of rationality, modes of language, and goals of well-being. The handbook also offers first-person practitioner accounts of living Zen in everyday life and using its teachings in varied practice settings.
Topics featured in the Handbook include:
Zen practices in jails. Zen koans and parables. A Zen account of desire and attachment. Adaptation of Zen to behavioral healthcare. Zen, mindfulness, and their relationship to cognitive behavioral therapy. The application of Zen practices and principles for survivors of trauma and violence.
The Handbook of Zen, Mindfulness, and Behavioral Health
is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in clinical psychology, public health, cultural studies, language philosophy, behavioral medicine, and Buddhism and religious studies.
"It will make a welcome addition to the literature on mindfulness. I found it intriguing at many levels, and it will no doubt stimulate further theorizing and research. . The references are at the end of each individual chapter, and there is a good index for the book as a whole. . This book can be recommended for libraries." (J. I. (Hans) Bakker, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (40), October, 2017)
Akihiko Masuda, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was on the Georgia State University faculty between 2007 and 2016 (assistant professor 2007-2013; associate professor with tenure 2013-2016). Dr. Masuda was born and raised in Nagano, Japan, and moved to the United States for his psychology career. His primary areas of interest include acceptance- and mindfulness-based behavioral therapies, diversity, and Zen Buddhism. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is the editor of the book, Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency (New Harbinger, 2014).
William O'Donohue, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published research on evidence-based practice in behavioral health, focusing on cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. O'Donohue has published more than 80 books and 300 journal articles and book chapters. He
has served as Principle Investigator on a number of grants that have focused on the transfer of technology to practice, including a grant investigating transferring integrated care to a variety of medical settings in Hawaii.