People and Places Influenced by the East

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Reasearchers and Professors

Herbert Benson, M.D.
Pioneered research using meditation to reduce stress. His method is called the "Relaxation Response," which is also the title of his 1975 best selling book. He is the founding President of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

John Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the U. Mass. Medical Center. He is also a professor and author of several books, includingFull Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are.

John Suler, PhD.
Rider professor and psychologist with interests and links in the East.

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Therapists & Centers

With Eastern-influenced or meditation-based therapy

Mark Epstein, M. D.
New York City private practitioner and instructor at New Yok Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. His book, "thoughts without a thinker," describes his practiced form of Buddhistic psychotherapy.

Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
A non-profit organization in the Boston area dedicated to the education and training of mental health professionals interested in the interface of psychotherapy and meditation. Secondary activities include psychological consultation to meditation centers, psychotherapy supervision, networking of interested clinicians, and a Boston-area therapy referral service.
referral contact: Dr. Stephanie Morgan at 978-526-4095

Andrew Shugyo Bonnici, Ph.D.
Therapist in Rohnert Park, CA. His site is packed with info about Buddhism, as well.

Mind/Body Medical Clinic
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, associated with Harvard's Herbert Benson. "...highlights the importance of mind/body/spirit therapeutic interactions and utilizes other non-pharmacologic treatments" through "...relaxation response techniques, nutritional management, exercise and cognitive/behavioral therapies [therefore] empowering patients to take an active role in their health care, thereby improving the quality of their lives.
The Mind/Body Medical Clinic has several affiliate programs around the country. VISIT HERE to find the affiliate nearest you.

The Stress Reduction Clinic
University of Massachussetts, Worchester, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. "...offers intensive training in mindfulness meditation and yoga designed to promote a calm, fluid awareness and to improve an individual's capacity to cope in healthy ways with stress, chronic pain, illness, and pressures of daily living."

If you are or know of a certified/licenced mental health practitioner who currently is in practice, feel free to add them to the list here.

Schools & Programs

Naropa Institute Boulder, CO
Naropa's Contemplative Psychology, M.A. program "is the only M.A. program in the world which joins psychotherapy training with Buddhist meditation and understanding of the mind. Through on-going mindfulness/awareness meditation practice and other experiential components of the program, students develop the crucial ability to work with their own minds and be truly present with their clients."

California Institute for Integral Studies San Francisco, CA

Saybrook Institute San Francisco, CA

Burlington College Burlington, VT.
Transpersonal Psychology program.

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Psychology and Religion syllabi @ Georgia Southern U., GA

Buddhist Psychology @ Shippensburg University, PA.

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