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Indian J Psychiatry. 2003 Jul-Sep; 45(3): 142–146.
PMCID: PMC2952157

Practical and Theoretical interactions of Buddhism and Psychiatry : a view from the West.


One of the greatest religions in the world. Buddhism and its tenets have been used for understanding the pain and human emotions. Using these tenets social and psychological development of the individuals can be encouraged.They key constructs of Buddhism can be employed in cognitive therapy. In this paper we provide an overview of the key principles embedded in Buddhism and also place these in the context of Western concepts of psychotherapy. We link the Buddhist concepts with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, addictions and chronic illness.

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