The Western reception of Buddhism as a psychological and ethical system: developments, dialogues, and perspectives

@article{Virtbauer2012TheWR,
  title={The Western reception of Buddhism as a psychological and ethical system: developments, dialogues, and perspectives},
  author={Gerald Dōkō Virtbauer},
  journal={Mental Health, Religion \& Culture},
  year={2012},
  volume={15},
  pages={251 - 263}
}
  • G. Virtbauer
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Sociology
  • Mental Health, Religion & Culture
Three dimensions of how Buddhism is received in the West as a psychological and ethical system are outlined, based on the connection between mental balance and ethical behaviour in the Buddhist system: Buddhism as an indigenous psychology; parts of the system of Buddhism integrated in Western psychotherapy; and new movements in Western Buddhism, which are in critical dialogue with scientific methodologies and findings. The article tackles questions of how the reception and integration of… 
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