© 1996

Psychotherapy and Buddhism

Toward an Integration


Part of the Issues in the Practice of Psychology book series (IPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 1-10
  3. Psychoanalytic and Buddhist History and Theory

    1. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 11-31
  4. Beyond Eurocentrism and Orientocentrism

    1. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 33-54
  5. Psychoanalytic and Buddhist Conceptions of Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 57-79
  6. Health and Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
  7. The Buddhist and Psychoanalytic Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 115-127
    3. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 129-143
    4. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 145-153
    5. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 155-188
    6. Jeffrey B. Rubin
      Pages 189-199
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-208

About this book


There is currently a burgeoning interest in the relationship between the Western psychotherapeutic and Buddhist meditative traditions among therapists, researchers, and spiritual seekers. Psychotherapy and Buddhism initiates a conversation between these two modern methods of achieving greater self-understanding and peace of mind. Dr. Jeffrey B. Rubin explores how they might be combined to better serve patients in therapy and adherents to a spiritual way of life. He examines the strengths and limitations of each tradition through three contexts: the nature of self, conception of ideal health, and process of achieving optimal health. The volume features the first two cases of Buddhists in psychoanalytic treatment.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Bedford HillsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Psychotherapy and Buddhism
  • Book Subtitle Toward an Integration
  • Authors Jeffrey B. Rubin
  • Series Title Issues in the Practice of Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45441-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-7282-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-7280-4
  • Series ISSN 1567-7346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
    Philosophy of Science
    Social Sciences, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`Highly recommended.'
`Buddhism is now part of the contemporary cultural landscape and no other non-Western tradition has made such a large contribution to the family of psychotherapies. Rubin has done a superb job reviewing that contribution, pointing out the perils, as well as the possibilities, and describes what it looks like in clinical life.'
American Journal of Psychotherapy
`... this is an unusually well thought out and clearly articulated contribution to the integration of psychanalysis and Buddhism. It is a balanced presentation suitable for those with their own inner conflicts and who are also prompted toward a spiritual quest.'
The Psychoanalytic Review, 86:5 (1999)