Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Zen Buddhism

  • Kenneth Po-Lun FungEmail author
  • Josephine Pui-Hing Wong
Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an acceptance- and mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy, is said to reflect many common tenets underlying Zen Buddhism. However, little has been written about the relationship between Zen Buddhism and ACT. A few researchers have highlighted the parallels between Zen Buddhism and ACT, but writing about the plausible influences of Buddhism on the development of ACT is almost nonexistent. In the present chapter, entitled Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Zen Buddhism, Kenneth Fung and Josephine Wong first provide a short account of the historical development of Western Buddhism in America and explore its influence on the development of ACT. Second, they describe how ACT is similar to and different from Zen Buddhism. Finally, using clinical examples, they propose a more explicit integration of Zen Buddhism into ACT to strengthen its practice.


Acceptance and commitment therapy Zen buddhism Third-wave behavior therapy Acceptance Mindfulness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Po-Lun Fung
    • 1
    Email author
  • Josephine Pui-Hing Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Ryerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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