Buddhist Psychology and the West: An Encounter between Therapeutic Systems

  • Padmasiri de Silva
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series (LPR)


During ancient times, when people were confronted with what we refer to as ‘behaviour disorders’ today, they sought assistance through witchcraft, demonology and diverse means of exorcising evil spirits and demons. Some of the developing religious systems absorbed a part of the rites and ceremonies connected with these healing rituals. There were others who rejected the theory of demonic possession and put forward the counter-theory that mental illness was due to the malfunction of the brain. But there was no clear scientific analysis of behaviour disorders until the beginning of the twentieth century.


Authentic Person Identity Crisis Social Pathology Buddhist Doctrine Existential Therapy 
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© M.W. Padmasiri de Silva 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Padmasiri de Silva
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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