Seth Zuihō Segall, Ph.D. is a Zen Buddhist priest ordained in the White Plum Asanga and Zen Peacemaker Order lineages. He is a retired clinical psychologist who served for nearly three decades as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine. He also taught on the faculties of Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the State University of New York at Purchase. He is a former Director of Psychology at Waterbury Hospital, and a former President of the New England Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
Dr. Segall has been a practicing Buddhist for nearly a quarter century. He began practice by attending retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, the IMS Forest Refuge, and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, as well as retreats led by Toni Packer at the Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry. Since 2010, he has practiced in the White Plum Asanga Zen Buddhist lineage founded by Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He received shukke tokudo (clerical ordination) in 2016 under the preceptorship of Daiken Nelson Sensei.
Dr. Segall has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist Psychology and the writings of Eihei Dogen with scholars Jan Willis, Peter Harvey, Andrew Olendzki, and Taigen Dan Leighton. In 1996 he completed a professional internship at Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness. In 2017 he completed the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care’s Foundations in Contemplative Care program.
Dr. Segall’s publications include Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings (SUNY Press, 2003), Buddhism and Human Flourishing: A Modern Western Perspective (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), and Living Zen: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence (Rockridge, 2020). He is the science writer for the Mindfulness Research Monthly, a contributing editor for Tricycle Magazine, and a review editor for The Humanistic Psychologist. Since 2010, Dr. Segall’s blog, The Existential Buddhist, covers topics on Buddhist philosophy, practice, ethics, history, art, and social engagement.