Author, psychologist, and Zen Buddhist Priest
Seth Zuihō Segall, Ph.D.
Seth Zuihō Segall, Ph.D. is the author of Buddhism and Human Flourishing: A Modern Western Perspective (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), Living Zen: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence (Rockridge Press, 2020), and Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings (SUNY, 2003).
Buddhism and Human Flourishing: A Modern Western Perspective
The Buddha and Aristotle offer competing visions of the best possible life human beings can aspire to. 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. The book will be of interest to Buddhist scholars, teachers, and practitioners, as well as to readers interested in cross-cultural philosophy and the psychology of well-being.
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Living Zen: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence
A practical introduction to Zen for the seriously curious, this book focuses on applying Zen principles to problems of everyday living at home, work, and on the go. It includes a brief introduction to Zen history, philosophy, and practice along with practical advice on deepening one’s and practice, and finding a sangha.