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Zen, Pain, Suffering, and Death

  • Gordon M. GreeneEmail author
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Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)

Abstract

Zen, Pain, Suffering, and Death is a chapter that covers how experiences of negative affect, trauma, and loss profoundly impact others. Dr. Greene uses personal experiences to walk the reader through experiences of loss, integrating concepts from Zen and the field of behavioral health to help the reader understand how a Zen perspective may be beneficial in terms of living with the pain and suffering that life inevitably offers. Dr. Greene uses concrete principles and offers tools to offer practical mechanisms for behavior health practitioners and also provides a detailed case example. In this deeply personal chapter, readers can learn to experience loss with others, including clients, as well as a Zen analysis of loss and suffering.

Keywords

Zen Suffering Pain Buddhism Behavioral health Death 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Spring Green DojoSpring GreenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Meriter HospitalMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Spring GreenUSA

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