Zen, Self, and Personality

  • Hidetaka Shuryu OkajimaEmail author
  • Akihiko MasudaEmail author
  • Kayla Sargent
Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)


In Zen, self, and personality, Shuryu Okajima of Aichigakuin University goes on to describe Zen’s understanding of the self. According to Okajima, Zen account of self may be quite different from how we typically understand and experience self. Whereas many of us tend to view and experience the self as an entity with a clear boundary from others and our surrounding, Zen views it as the act-in-context (i.e., an act of a whole person in historical and interpersonal context as a whole). In other words, for Zen, self is a collective whole and relational, and to comprehend the self, one cannot separate a person from his or her historical and relational contexts. Furthermore, Okajima also states that Zen’s sense of self is purposeful: That is, Zen Buddhism encourages such an inclusive and holistic sense of self to promote humanity, benevolence, and compassion, and such a way of embodying self is call the Buddha Way.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aichigakuin UniversityAichiJapan
  2. 2.University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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