New Horizons in Buddhist Psychology: Relational Buddhism for Collaborative Practitioners
Edited by Maurits G.T. Kwee
Taos Institute Publications, 2010
Price: $35.00 US plus shipping and handling
Paperback, 478 pages
This volume, a sequel of Horizons in Buddhist Psychology: Practice, Research & Theory, is for all who wish to read about cutting-edge developments in Buddhist Psychology and will be of special interest to professionals (coaches, clinicians, teachers), scholars of various academic disciplines (medicine and the social sciences), as well as to the informed public attracted to meditation (students and experts). It provides illuminating insights into “Relational Buddhism,” an approach based on “social construction”, which lies at the heart of this pioneering work.
This is a very timely book indeed. Over the last few years there has been a huge blossoming of interest in “mindfulness”. It has increasingly been taught to psychologists and psychotherapists as an extra tool in their armamentarium for dealing with human suffering. Although this is on the one hand very welcomed, on the other hand it is a worry that the courses are very short and that many of the mindfulness “graduates” appear to lack an understanding of the rich Buddhist context out of which mindfulness grew. This fascinating book does much to redress this problem. A really impressive range of erudite scholars and practitioners take us through Buddhism from psychological, philosophical, historical, relational, ethical, and neurological perspectives – leaving us in no doubt that mindfulness belongs to a much broader context than can easily be transmitted in a few weeks and then passed on to suffering patients as if it were no more than a branch of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.
— Michael M. DelMonte, Ph.D.
(Principal Clinical Psychologist in St. Edmundsbury Hospital, Lucan, County Dublin, Ireland),
Honorary Professor (University of Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina), and B.Sc. (Honours in Genetics)
In this rich and wide-ranging anthology, Mautrits G. T. Kwee has assembled ranking authorities on Buddhism as it originated, evolved, and stands now in relationship to present day psychology, psychiatry and education. The cast of authors includes eminent international scholars, teachers, practitioners and monks who explore Buddhist views as they originated over 2.5 millenia ago, as they have developed in many ways since this period and as they now intersect with cutting-edge scholarship in social construction.
— Marvin H. Shaub, Ph.D.
(Professor, Department of International Business, School of Business,
Montclair State University, New Jersey), and M.B.A. (Harvard School of Business, USA)
This book views Buddhist Psychology in an original way and is as such a most interesting and innovative development in the ever continuing and widening encounter of Buddhist traditions with Western types of psychology, particularly social construction. Essentially, the editor and his colleagues – most of them accomplished Buddhist scholars – aim to interpret the Buddhist teachings and meditations in a non-religious and non-ontological way by rationally taking them as anthropological and psychological wisdom. “Buddhist realities” can and need to be combined and updated with the results of evidence-based psychology as developed and applied in Euro-American universities and research centers, and in professional human change practice. This project is original, daring, and to be taken seriously as an illuminating precedent for Buddhist relational psychology.
— Jacob A. Belzen, Soc.sc.D., Hist.D., Ph.D., Sc.rel.D.
(Professor of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
and Past President of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion)
The fascination of Buddhism by psychologists lies in its superb insights into the working of the human mind and its mental training systems which make a deep understanding possible. Indeed, in Buddhism one can find enticing views elucidating the formation and development of human behavior, emotion, and cognition which diverge from and converge with psychological theories to date. In addition, one can find age-old meditation techniques to cultivate the mind which facilitate human transformation. Those scholars, clinicians, and educators who are involved in change processes will gain effective hints for their own studies and practices from the precious knowledge and wisdom of Buddhism presented by the authors of this book, each with their own diverse background but unified in social construction.
— Fusako Koshikawa, Ph.D.
(Professor at the Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences,
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and a licensed clinical psychologist
specialized in research on Zen-based meditation)