Zen and Behavioral Health: A Review of the Evidence

  • Kenneth P. KushnerEmail author
Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)


Generally speaking, Zen has become associated with greater physical and mental wellness as well as health-related products in modern culture. Given the widespread assumption that Zen is good for health, it is not surprising that Zen principles—especially the meditative technique of zazen—has been applied in clinical settings. The intent of this chapter, Zen and Behavioral Health: A Review of the Evidence, is to update the previous reviews on the topic by including scientific literature on zazen published since 2009. This chapter also expands former works by including meditation research that does involve rigorously controlled methodology.  The implications of the current state of the evidence on clinical practice, on future research and the on the practice of Zen Buddhism are discussed.


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  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Community HealthUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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