Chapter 11. Psychiatry and Theravada Buddhism

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Pichet Udomratn Professor of Psychiatry

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch11

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Udomratn, P. (2010) Psychiatry and Theravada Buddhism, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. Thailand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • psychiatry and Theravada Buddhism;
  • Buddhism - world's oldest and widespread religion and ‘new religious movements’;
  • Theravada Buddhismis - well known form of Buddhism among Europeans;
  • Buddha and his teaching - Buddha, ‘I teach dukkha and the way out of dukhha’;
  • three characteristics of existence (The Three Universal Characteristics);
  • Buddha's ‘The Maha Satipatthana Sutta’ – ‘The Four Foundations of Mindfulness’;
  • Buddhism and neuroscience;
  • Buddhism and psychiatry - Tripitaka or Pali Canon, how Buddha viewed life and illness;
  • Buddhism and psychotherapy - understanding nature of self in relation to suffering in Buddhism;
  • Buddhist twelve steps and Buddhist self-development principles


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Buddha and his Teaching

  • Buddhism and Neuroscience

  • Buddhism and Psychiatry

  • Buddhism and Psychotherapy

  • The Buddhist Twelve Steps

  • Buddhist Approach to Suicide Prevention

  • Conclusion

  • References