Zen and Therapy brings together aspects of the Buddhist tradition, contemporary western therapy and western philosophy. By combining insightful anecdotes from the Zen tradition with clinical studies, discussions of current psychotherapy theory and forays into art, film, literature and philosophy, Manu Bazzano integrates Zen Buddhist practice with psychotherapy and psychology.

This book successfully expands the existing dialogue on the integration of Buddhism, psychology and philosophy, highlighting areas that have been neglected and bypassed. It explores a third way between the two dominant modalities, the religious and the secular, a positively ambivalent stance rooted in embodied practice, and the cultivation of compassion and active perplexity. It presents a life-affirming view: the wonder, beauty and complexity of being human.

Intended for both experienced practitioners and beginners in the fields of psychotherapy and philosophy, Zen and Therapy provides an enlightening and engaging exploration of a previously underexplored area.

chapter |18 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Self, no-self and doing the next thing

chapter 2|12 pages

All’s well that ends

On living-and-dying

chapter 3|16 pages

Zen and therapy

Two expressions of unconditional hospitality

chapter 4|21 pages

Presence, mindfulness and Buddha-nature

chapter 5|15 pages

Why Zen is not transpersonal

chapter 6|20 pages

This body, this earth

Incarnate practice and ecopsychology

chapter 7|21 pages

On differentialism

chapter 8|23 pages

Imperceptible mutual aid

Zen, therapy and the unconscious