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Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion

Ira Helderman


Interest in the psychotherapeutic capacity of Buddhist teachings and practices is widely evident in the popular imagination. News media routinely report on the neuropsychological study of Buddhist meditation and applications of mindfulness practices in settings including corporate offices, the U.S. military, and university health centers. However, as Ira Helderman shows, curious investigators have studied the psychological dimensions of Buddhist doctrine for well over a century, stretching back to William James and Carl Jung. These activities have shaped both the mental health field and Buddhi ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, Category of “Religion”, Religion and Psychology, Secularity studies, Religion and Science, Religion and Medicine, Buddhism in the United States, Meditation, Mindfulness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648521
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648521.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ira Helderman, author
Vanderbilt University