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Buddhism and Human Flourishing

A Modern Western Perspective

Authors: Segall, Seth Zuihō

  • Explores the tensions between traditional Buddhist teachings and core Western beliefs regarding human well-being and flourishing
  • Suggests a revised understanding of the enlightenment ideal that combines Buddhist and Aristotelian elements
  • Demonstrates how this revised understanding already tacitly informs much of contemporary Western Buddhist rhetoric
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The Buddha and Aristotle offer competing visions of the best possible life to which human beings can aspire. In this volume, Seth Zuihō Segall compares Theravāda and Mahāyāna accounts of enlightenment with Aristotelian and neo-Aristotelian accounts of eudaimonia, and proposes a syncretic model of eudaimonic enlightenment that, given prevalent Western beliefs about well-being and human flourishing, provides a credible new end-goal for modern Western Buddhist practice. He then demonstrates how this proposed synthesis is already deeply reflected in contemporary Western Buddhist rhetoric. Segall re-evaluates traditional Buddhist teachings on desire, attachment, aversion, nirvāṇa, and selfhood from the eudaimonic enlightenment perspective, and explores the perspective’s ethical and metaphysical implications. 

About the authors

Seth Zuihō Segall is a Zen Buddhist priest and clinical psychologist who served for nearly three decades on the clinical faculty of Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently the science writer for the Mindfulness Research Monthly and a chaplain associate at White Plains Hospital.


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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Buddhism and Human Flourishing
Book Subtitle
A Modern Western Perspective
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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978-3-030-37027-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37026-8
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