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 soon to be published by Palgrave MacMillan. 

Quotes from Buddhism and Human Flourishing: A Modern Western Perspective

“If we modern Westerners are to make Buddhism our own, we must find ways to accommodate traditional Buddhist ideas to the preexisting understandings–both tacit and explicit–that constitute our modern way of being-in-the-world. To do anything less puts us at risk for an inner dividedness in which we half-believe in any number of contrasting and incompatible ideas. This is not a good place to end up.”

“The Enlightenment that most modern Western Buddhists really believe in is neither the cessation of rebirth, nor the complete and total end to suffering and sense desires, but the amelioration of suffering and the development of discerning wisdom regarding desire.”

“In our ancestral world of vast open spaces and small competing clans with only limited powers of destruction, the old view of self-and-other may have been sufficient. Now, an understanding of what connects us, the unity of all things, a vision of inter-being and the all-togetherness-of-things, may be imperative if we’re to survive and flourish. Our continued well-being and the well-being of our descendants, if there are to be any, depend on it.”

“Life is too rich and complex to be fully encompassed by any single system of thought. It’s only through learning and imaginatively inhabiting multiple ways of thinking about ourselves and the world—and by actively comparing and contrasting them—that we develop our capacities to correct old mistakes and discover new possibilities for moving forward.”

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