Handbook of Zen, Mindfulness, and Behavioral Health

  • Akihiko Masuda
  • William T. O'Donohue

Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. William T. O’Donohue, Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
    Pages 1-15
  3. Shudo Ishii, Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
    Pages 17-27
  4. Akihiko Masuda
    Pages 29-44
  5. Zen: Overview and Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Shohaku Okumura
      Pages 47-61
    3. Tairyu Tsunoda, Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
      Pages 63-65
    4. Kenshu Sugawara, Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
      Pages 77-84
    5. Takashi Ogawa, Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
      Pages 85-91
  6. Zen: Everyday Living and Current Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Kiyozumi Seijun Ishii, Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
      Pages 95-103
    3. Hidetaka Shuryu Okajima, Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
      Pages 105-113
    4. Mike K. Sayama
      Pages 115-124
    5. Shoryu Bradley
      Pages 125-139
  7. Application of Zen to Behavioral Healthcare Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Kenneth P. Kushner
      Pages 153-168
    3. Peiwei Li, Daniel Rodriguez Ramirez
      Pages 169-194
    4. Akihiko Masuda, Kayla Sargent
      Pages 195-213
    5. Josh Bartok, Lizabeth Roemer
      Pages 237-250
    6. Marsha Linehan, Kayla Sargent
      Pages 251-254
    7. Holly Hazlett-Stevens
      Pages 255-270
    8. Kenneth Po-Lun Fung, Josephine Pui-Hing Wong
      Pages 271-288
    9. Gordon M. Greene
      Pages 289-302
    10. Jeffrey Schneider
      Pages 313-321
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 323-331

About this book


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.


Anger and Zen Anxiety and Zen Cultural adaptations of Zen Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Zen Dysphoria and Zen East and West perspectives on Zen Ethics and Zen Forgiveness and Zen Human desire, attachment, and Zen Japanese culture and Zen Language and Zen Psychopathology and Zen Psychotherapy and Zen Self-compassion and Zen Zen Buddhism and behavioral healthcare Zen and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Zen and mindfulness Zen koans and parables Zen meditation Zen, personality, and self

Editors and affiliations

  • Akihiko Masuda
    • 1
  • William T. O'Donohue
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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