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date: 27 January 2021

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This chapter surveys an interface of growing interest to clinicians and patients, from four points of view. First, it explores the growing dialogue between Buddhism and modern psychology, tracing it to a surprising complementarity in ideas and methods. Second, it shines light on the distinctiveness between Buddhist and modern psychology, exploring the religious and ethical aspects of Buddhism neglected by many proponents of dialogue. Third, it reviews key areas of potential conflict, where clinicians may helpfully challenge Buddhist patients to reconsider their understanding and practice of Buddhism. Fourth, it surveys key areas of potential contribution, where mental health researchers, clinicians, and patients may benefit from studying Buddhist theories or applying Buddhist methods.

Keywords: Buddhism, modern psychology, conflict, Buddhist patients, Buddhist methods

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