Written by leading scholars and including a foreword by the Dalai Lama, this book explores the interface between Buddhist studies and the uses of Buddhist principles and practices in psychotherapy and consciousness studies. The contributors present a compelling collection of articles that illustrate the potential of Buddhist informed social sciences in contemporary society, including new insights into the nature of human consciousness.

The book examines the origins and expressions of Buddhist thought and how it is now being utilized by psychologists and social scientists, and also discusses the basic tenets of Buddhism and contemporary Buddhist-based empirical research in the psychological sciences. Further emphasis is placed on current trends in the areas of clinical and cognitive psychology, and on the Mahayana Buddhist understanding of consciousness with reference to certain developments in consciousness studies and physics.

A welcome addition to the current literature, the works in this remarkable volume ably demonstrate how Buddhist principles can be used to develop a deeper understanding of the human condition and behaviours that lead to a balanced and fulfilling life.

Preface  Acknowledgements  Part 1: An Understanding of Consciousness from Traditional Buddhist Philosophical Perspectives  1. The First-person Perspective in Postmodern Psychology  2. The Spiritual Significance of Emptiness in Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarik  3. A Comparative Study of the âlaya-vijñana as Seen from the Yogacara and Dzogchen Perspectives  4. Rangjung Dorje’s Variegations of Mind: Ordinary Awareness and Pristine Awareness in Tibetan Buddhist Literature  5. Nirvàõa and Neuroscience: The Self-Liberating Brain  6. Vacuum States of Consciousness: A Tibetan Buddhist View  7. The Co-Emergence of the Knower and the Known: A Comparison between Madhyamaka and Kant's Epistemology  8. The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Neuroscience and Happiness  9. The Co-arising of Self and Object, World, and Society: Buddhist and Scientific Approaches  10. Tibetan Buddhism and Jungian Psychology  Part 2: Mental Afflictions: Their Arising and Deconstruction  11. Mindfulness in the Pàli Nikàyas  12. The Transformative Impact of Non-Self  13. Tsong-kha-pa’s Gradual Path System for Ending Mental Afflictions and his Methods for Countering Anger  14. Western Science Meets Eastern Wisdom to Experience Bodily Feelings  15. Zen Koan and Mental Health: The Art of Not Deceiving Yourself  16. Buddhism in the West: The Primacy of Meditation Practice  17. Destructive Emotions  18. Finding the Middle Way: A Multi-Domain Model of Meditation in the Treatment of Compulsive Eating  19. Mindfulness Meditation in the Prevention and Treatment of Addictive Behaviours  20. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression  21. The Psychological Processes Underlying Mindfulness: Exploring the Link Between Buddhism and Modern Contextual Behavioural Psychology  22. Buddhist Practice and Emotional Intelligence: Finding the Convergence  23. Mindfulness and Enactment in Psychoanalysis  24. Contribution of Modern Psychological Methods to the Attainment of Buddhist Goals  Epilogue: Where We Are and Where We Are Likely to Go