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Books Related to Psychology and Zen

Psychology and Eastern Philosophy

Zen and Eastern Philosophy

Eastern Philosophy in the West

Guidebooks for the Psychology of Religion

Classics in Psychology

Eastern-Influenced Self-Help

Other Online Bibliographies

Psychology and Eastern Philosophy

Austin, J.H. (1998). Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness. MIT Press.
(Winner of the Scientific and Medical Network 1998 Book Prize)

Benson, H. (1984). Your Maximum Mind. New York: Times Books.

Benson, H. (1979). The Mind Body Effect. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Benson, H. (1975). the Relaxation Response. New York: W. Morrow & Co. (This book was a first for giving a methodology and history in using meditation in therapy.

deWit, H.F. (1991). Contemplative Psychology. Duquesne University Press. (A phenomenological approach drawing from religions in India and Eastern Asia.)

Epstein, M. (1995). Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective. New York:Harper. (reviewed by the New England Jounal of Medicine, and the APA Monitor.)

Fromm, E., (1960). Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis: Erich Fromm, D. T. Suzuki and Richard DeMartino. New York: Harper & Row. (Three lectures.)

Kabat-Zinn, John. Wherever You Go, There You Are : Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.

Kabat-Zinn, John. (1990). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. New York: Delacorte Press.

M.G.T. Kwee, & T.L. Holdstock (Eds.).(1996), Western and Buddhist Psychology: Clinical Perspectives. Delft, Holland: Eburon Publishers.

M.G.T. Kwee (Ed.).(1990), Psychotherapy, Meditation & Health: A Cognitive-Behavioural Perspective. London /The Hague: East-West Publications.

Paranjpe, A. C., Ho, D. Y. F., & Rieber, R. W. (eds.) (1988). Asian Contributions to Psychology. New York: Praeger. (Many chapters on the psychology of Eastern religions.

Pickering, John, ed. (1997). The Authority of Experience: Essays on Buddhism and Psychology. London: Curzon Press. (reviewed in Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Vol. 5, 1998.)

Rama, S. (1925). Yoga and psychotherapy: The evolution of consciousness. Glenview, IL: Himalayan Institute.

Reuben, J. R. (1996). Psychotherapy and Buddhism: Toward an integration. New York: Plenum.(reviewed in Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Vol. 5, 1998.)

Shapiro, D. H. (1978). Precision Nirvana. London:Prentice-Hall.

Suler, John (1993). Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought. SUNY Press.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1991). The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual of Meditation. Boston: Beacon Press.

Wilber, K. (1979). No boundary: Eastern and Western approaches to personal growth. Boston: New Science Library. (Mixing transpersonal psychology and Eastern religion.)

Wilber, K. (1993). The spectrum of consciousness. (2nd ed.) Wheaton, IL: Quest. (A close look at transpersonal psychology.)

Zen and Eastern Philosophy

Herrigel, E. (1960). The Method of Zen. New York:Pantheon Books. (Thin, easy, great introduction.)

I Ching, or Book of Changes. (Various translations exist of this seminal work.)

Lao-tsu. Tao-te-Ching. (Various translations. This gives the foundations of Taoism. A good translation is necessary to enjoy this book.

Suzuki, D. T. (1949). Introduction to Zen Buddhism. New York & London. (Forward by C. G. Jung.)

Reps, P., comp. (1957) Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. London: Charles E. Tuttle Co. (contains "The 10 Ox-Herding Pictures," "101 Zen Stories," and "The Gateless Gate.")

Eastern Philosophy in the West

Dalai Lama (2001). Stages of Meditation. Snow Lion Publications.

Dresser, M., ed. (1996). Buddhism On the Edge: Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Front. North Atlantic Books. (reviewed in Journal of Buddhist Ethics)

Humphreys, Christmas. (1971). A Western Approach to Zen. Quest Books.

Prebish, C. & Tanaka, K., ed. (1998). Faces of Buddhism in America. Berkeley: UC Press. (reviewed in Journal of Buddhist Ethics)

Rapaport, A. (1997). Buddhism in America: The Official Record of the Landmark Confe rence on the Future of Buddhist Meditative Practices in the West. C.E.Tuttle. (reviewed in Journal of Buddhist Ethics)

The Book of Enlightened Masters:Western Teachers in Asian Traditions. (1997). Chicago: Open Court. (reviewed in Journal of Buddhist Ethics)

The Key. (1984). (Published by A Center for the Practice of Zen Buddhist Meditation. Can be construed as new-age, self-help, but I see is as a near-perfect example of bringing Zen in to the everyday practices of Western men and women, without the fluff of usual SH-books. Check in alternative bookstores.)

Guidebooks for the Psychology of Religion

Spilka, B., Hood, R.H. Jr, & Gorsuch, R.L. (1985). The Psychology of Religion: An Empiri cal Approa ch. Prentice-Hall.

Suler, J. R. (1993). Resources in the Psycholo gy of Religion. State Univ. of NY Press.

Wulff, David (1991). The Psychology of Religion. New York: Wiley.

Classics in Psychology

Freud, S. (1928). The Future of an Illusion. London: Hogarth Press.

Fromm, E. (1956). The art of loving. New York: Harper & Row, 1962.

James, W. (1902). The varieties of religious experience: A study in human nature. New York: Modern Library.

Jung, C.G. Modern Man in Search of A Soul. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.

Thoreau, H. D. Walden. (1971) Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press.

Eastern-Influenced Self-Help

Alexander, W. (1997). Cool Water: Alcoholism, Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery. Shambhala Publ.

Ash, M. (1993). The Zen of Recovery. Tharcher/Putnam Books.

These lists were compiled, in part, from these sources:

Resources in the Psychology of Religion in Psych Web
W.J. McKeachie's Syllabus Bibliography also somewhere in Psych Web
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