Track Record

The Institute for Relational Buddhism has a long history of academic work in collaborative practice. Most notably is the predecessor the Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation, which was affiliated to the Society for Constructivism in the Human Sciences. Below you will find work done under the TSCM flag, which shows our dedication to the advancement of sentient beings through meditational and psychological buddhist practice and study.



Dear Colleagues,

This cordially invites you to browse our pages. Transcultural Clinical Meditation studies the alleviation of existential neurosis & mental growth beyond cultural confines from a wisdom traditions’ perspective and a New Buddhist Psychology. We advance a scientific discipline complementary to psychotherapy & promote a conventions, curriculum in CM Studies, seminars, lectures & workshops. TSCM is affiliated to the Society for Constructivism in the Human Sciences. Yours sincerely,

Hiroshi Nakajima, M.D., Ph.D. Director-General Emeritus W.H.O.



Mission & Vision (2004) This Vision & Mission Statement is about Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation, founded by Yutaka Haruki, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, Japan, and Convener of The Transnational Network for the Study of Physical, Psychological & Spiritual Wellbeing (TNSPPSW) conferences, sponsored by the Ibuka Foundation*, Japan. *Ibuka Masaru is the founding president of SONY.

Who are we ? In July 1990 an international group of scientists and scholars meeting in Kyoto, Japan, established the TNSPPSW. The Network had begun as an informal group of core members and friends, that in the present form include J. Austin, M. Drummond, J. Dua, L. Freeman, T. Holdstock, M. Ichii, J. Kabat-Zinn, H. Kato, B. Khong, H.Kief, R. Kloppenborg, Y. Konno, F. Koshikawa, N. Kubota, M. Mahoney, K. Krishna Mohan, Y.Mohan, H. Nakajima, S. Nakamura, T. Oei, A. Onda, J. Pitayataratorn, C. Pert, M. Qian, M. Quintana Santana, M. Regmi, D. Rothenberg, A. Saito, Y. Sasaki, Y. Sawada, D. Shapiro Jr, S. Srinivasan, E. Stutchbury, G. Sugamura, M. Suzuki, J. Teasdale, K. Toombs, N. Tremblay, H. Wallnofer, W. Wang, G. Weil, Y. Wu, H. de Wit, W. Yu, Y. Yuasa). Under the able leadership of Y. Haruki, conferences on various themes have been held in different parts of the world, in or near: Brussels (1992), Tokyo (1993), Montreal (1996), Beijing (1998), Amsterdam (2000), and Sydney (2002). Many researchers have been involved in these conferences as speakers (see Proceedings below) which merits continuation of the Network’s activities. As the period of sponsorship from Ibuka has come to an end an alternate organizational structure is herein proposed.

How and when will we reach our goal? Our resonance with Constructive Psychology inspired us to think that the TSCM as a small group might evolve to become part of the larger Society for Constructivism in the Human Sciences (SCHS) and thus of mainstream psychology (our ultimate striving). However, to honor the tradition we have established in our own right, we will continue the work of the original Network by establishing TSCM and continuing to attract our own membership. TSCM and SCHS will go forward jointly organizing congresses and projects. This confluence is a first step. TSCM is on the lookout for more confluences and has found partners to build on the future in the University of Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and BERN (BioEnerQi Research Network) that is part of the Virtual Enterprises Association, London, UK, and the Virtual Technology Center, Vienna, Austria. We will proceed guided by an adage found in the 27th verse of the Tao Teh Ching:

A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.

2013 PMH WBP




Book and special issues of journals by the Transcultural Society Of Clinical Meditation and the Transnational Network for the Study of Physical, Psychological and Social Well-being. There are fifteen as listed below.



TRANS: Internet Journal for Cultural Sciences, 16, December 2005. Buddhist Psychology: A Transcultural Bridge to Innovation and Reproduction. Herausgeber | Editor | Editeur: Maurits G.T. Kwee (Buenos Aires/Netherlands)

Maurits G.T. Kwee (Buenos Aires) – Report: Buddhist Psychology – A Transcultural Bridge to Innovation and Reproduction

Jan Barmark (Goteborg University, Institute for History of Ideas and Theory of Science, Sweden) – Science and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Anthropology of knowledge

Maurits G.T. Kwee & Marja K. Taams (Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation, Netherlands) – NeoZen

Tian P.S. Oei & Julie Hodges (The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia) – Can a knife and fork be used to eat fried rice? – The compatibility of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Chinese culture

Donald Rothenberg (European School Network, Vienna Bilingual Schooling, Austria) – The Use of Video in Facilitating Transpersonal Experience

Jordan Silberman (University of Pennsylvania, USA) – Selecting Consciousness Self-Control Techniques: Picking Up Where Ken Wilber Left Off

Michael Tophoff (Personal Resource Consultants, Limmen, Netherlands) – Mindfulness-Training: Exploring Personal Change Through Sensory Awareness



TRANS: Internet Journal for Cultural Sciences, 15, May 2004 – Well Being. Integrating Eastern Knowledge in Western Culture and Western Knowledge in Eastern Culture Herausgeber | Editor | Editeur: Maurits G.T Kwee (Buenos Aires/Tokyo)

Maurits G.T. Kwee (University of Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina / Waseda University, Tokorozawa, Japan) – Report: Well-Being – Integrating Eastern Knowledge in Western Culture and Western Knowledge in Eastern Culture

Marja K. Taams & Maurits G.T Kwee (Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation) – Introducing the Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation (TSCM)

Marja K. Taams & Maurits G.T Kwee (Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation) – Integrating Buddhist wisdom and clinical science by Transcultural Clinical Meditation –

Michael Drummond (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands) – The observation of bodily feelings in Early Buddhism and in experiential psychotherapy

Krishna Mohan (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda) – Buddhism and well-being: Implications for psychotherapy

Miguel Quintana Santana (University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan) – Sport, meditation & wellness: motivational elements for promoting well-being tourism

Yogesh Mohan, K. Krishna Mohan, Gautam Roy & Soumitra Basu (Pondicherry, India) – Spiritual well-being: an empirical study with yogic perspectives



M. Blows, Y. Haruki, P. Bankart, J. Blows, M. DelMonte, & S. Srinivasan (Eds). (2004). The Relevance of the Wisdom Traditions in Contemporary Society: The Challenge to Psychology. Delft, NL: Eburon (Order:

Psychology is known as a discipline arising from Western experimental method, but there is perhaps no society that does not have a psychology, a way of understanding and training the person, in accordance with particular social values and concepts. Some of these ‘other psychologies’ are known as the Wisdom traditions, which include Eastern and Christian meditation practices, but also the age-old knowledge of the soul of the American Indian and Australian Aboriginal peoples. This collection of articles arose from a conference of the Transnational Network for the Study of Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Wellbeing, held at Wollongong University, Australia, in 2002, where scholars from various traditions met to discuss the significance of non-Western psychological knowledge and to challenge the prevailing direction of Western academic psychology. Some articles are theoretical in nature, others are based on clinical experiments. Themes range from concepts in Buddhist psychology to the effect of meditation on patients with chronic disorders.



Constructivism in the Human Sciences, 2003, Vol. 8, No.2. (275 pp) ‘A TRIBUTE TO YUTAKA HARUKI’ (Special Issue on Clinical Meditation) (Order by subscribing to the journal or email

Table of Contents

Editorial – Michael J. Mahoney

Guest Editors’ Editorial – Maurits G.T. Kwee & Marja K. Taams

The formative history of The Network and unfinished business – Mark Blows

Buddhism and psychotherapy: Experiencing and releasing dis-ease – Belinda S.L. Khong

Between and betwixt: A balancing act spanning two cultures – Saroja Srinivasan

A Western psychologist’s inquiry into the nature of right effort – C. Peter Bankart

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness, wisdom and eating: Applying a multi-domain model of meditation effects – Jean L. Kristeller

Words and wisdom, being and boundaries – Michael J. Mahoney

Conjunctive psychology appreciates Yutaka Haruki – William L. Mikulas

Control Therapy: An overview and personal observations from life’s golden third – Deane H. Shapiro, Jr

Mindfulness and de-construction – Michael M. DelMonte

Obstacles to insight: Some reflections on an aspect of Buddhist psychology – Padmal De Silva

NeoZEN: A “structing” psychology into non-self and beyond – Maurits G. T. Kwee

Buddhism and psychotherapy: An exploratory study – K. Krishna Mohan

Biosketch and bibliography of Professor Yutaka Haruki, PhD



M. M. Tophoff (2003). Chan Buddhism: Implications of awareness and mindfulness-training for managerial functioning. Destelbergen, Belgium: Cartim bvba (271 pp). (Order ISBN 9039333483 by email



General introduction

Part I: Ways of Personal Development in Daoism and Chan Buddhism

1.      Introduction

2.      Daoism

2.1. Nature and Immortality

2.2. Philosophical Daoism

2.3. Daoist Theories of Personal Development

2.4. Daoist Practice of Personal Development

2.5. Daoism: Its Relevance for Managerial Functioning – A Summary

3.      Chan Buddhism

3.1. Legends and Histories

3.2. The Linji Zong

3.3. The Caodong Zong

3.4. Chan Buddhist Practice of Personal Development

3.5. Chan Buddhism : Its Relevance for Managerial Functioning – A Summary

Part II: Ways of Personal DevelopmentChange in Shintoism and Zen Buddhism

1.      Introduction

2.      Shintoism: Nature and the Divine

2.1. Nature: ‘Altar Mountains – Sacred Forest’

2.2. Ethics: ‘Knowing Your Station in Life’

2.3. Practice: Harmony through Purification

3.      Zen Buddhism

3.1. The Rinzai School

3.2. The Soto School

3.3. Zen Practice of Personal Development

3.4. Bushido: The Way of the Warrior

3.5. Zen and the West

3.6. Zen Buddhism: Its Relevance for Managerial Functioning – A Summary

Part III: Chan Buddhism and Managerial Functioning: An Interface

1.   Introduction

2.   The Manager within the Organization

2.1. Existential Considerations

2.2. Ethical Considerations

3.   The Practice of Mindfulness

3.1. Meditation in Action

3.2. Basic Conditions

3.3. Applications

3.4. Research Evidence

4.   Chan Buddhism and Managerial Functioning – A Summary

Part IV:  Sensory Awareness as a Training Method for Mindfulness: An Empirical Study

1.   Introduction

2.      The Way of Sensory Awareness

2.1. Historical Foundations

2.2. Theoretical Considerations

3.      Sensory Awareness as Practice: a Training Seminar for Managers

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Implementation

4.      The Effects of Sensory Awareness Seminars

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Method

4.3. Results

4.4. Discussion

4.5. Summary

5.   Sensory Awareness as a Training Method for Mindfulness ? A Summary


Index of Names

Index of Concepts

Appendix I: Transcription of Chinese Daoist/Buddhist Names

Appendix II: Transcription of Japanese Buddhist Names

Appendix III: Information Sheet Seminar Sensory Awareness

Appendix IV: OQa-45.2 Questionnaire

Summary in Dutch

Curriculum Vitae



Y.Haruki (Convenor), & K.T. Kaku (Ed.).(2000), Meditation as Health Promotion: A Lifestyle Modification Approach. Delft, Holland: Eburon Publishers (x + 165 pp). Proceedings, the 6th Conference, July 20-21, 2000, Noordwijkerhout,The Netherlands.(Order ISBN 905166758X by email

Yutaka Haruki & Maurits Kwee – Introduction

Chapter 1        Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in the Prevention of Relapse and Recurrence in Major Depression – John Teasdale (UK)

Chapter 2        Working with Existential and Neurotic Suffering – Han de Wit (NL)

Chapter 3        Behaviors of the Mind, Meditation, and Health – William Mikulas (USA)

Chapter 4        Taijiquan, Human Mental Activity and Health – Mingyi Qian (China)

Chapter 5        Body Awareness and Self-Regulation – Jan van Dixhoorn (NL)

Chapter 6        Metaphors and Messages in Movement Meditation – Michael Mahoney (USA)

Chapter 7        A Spiritual Dimension to Health in the 21st. Century: Why Now? – Hiroshi Nakajima (J)

Chapter 8        Buddhist Psychology and Health Enhancement – Padmal de Silva (UK)

Chapter 9        Zen Buddhism and the Way of Sensory Awareness – Michael Tophoff (NL)

Chapter 10      Is Meditation Efficacious as a Stress Reduction Intervention? – A Cardiovascular Hemodynamic Approach – Yukihiro Sawada (J)

Maurits Kwee & Yutaka Haruki – Closing address

Appendix 1     Plenary Meditation: The Transforming Force of the Laughing Meditation – Dhyan Sutorius, MD (NL)

Appendix 2     Discussion Paper: Spiritual Dimensions in Oriental Health Care: Heart (Kokoro) and Spirit (Ki) – Hiroshi Nakajima, MD (J)



W. Wang, Y. Sasaki, & Y. Haruki (Eds.).(2000), Bodywork and Psychotherapy in the East. Delft, Holland: Eburon Publishers (viii + 256 pp) Combined Proceedings, the 5th Conference ‘Qigong, Meditation, and Hypnosis’, April 27?30, 1998, Beijing, China & of the International Symposium ‘Psychotherapy and Eastern Thought’, 1st AWCP Congress (the Asia Division of the World Council for Psychotherapy), May 1, 1998, Beijing, China.(Order ISBN 9051668112 by email

Preface – Yutaka Haruki & Wang Weidong

PART I – Qigong, Meditation, and Hypnosis

Ch 1  Co-Experience Between Therapist and Client During Therapeutic Touch? Yoshitaka Konno (J)

Ch 2  Meditation in Zen and Altered States of Consciousness – Shoji Nakamura (J)

Ch 3  The Concept of Energy in Yoga?Vedanta – Saroja Srinivasan (Aus)

Ch 4  The Taoist Yoga and Self-Hypnosis: On Fact, Fiction, Magic, and the Supernatural? Maurits G.T. Kwee (NL)

Ch 5  Necessity of “Knowledge by Acquiantance” – Mark Blows (Aus)

Ch 6  Issues in the Evaluation of Traditional Therapeutic Strategies in the Context of Present Day Clinical Practice – Padmal de Silva (UK)

Ch 7  Brief Introduction in the History of Qigong – Song Tiangbing (China)

Ch 8  Current Status of Experimental Research in Chinese Qigong – Liu Tianjun (China)

Ch 9  Current Status of Clinical Research in Chinese Qigong – Wang Weidong, Wu Yu & Zhao Yang (China)

Ch10 Scientific Analysis of Internal Qigong in Curing Disease: The Six-Word Practice (Rokujiketsu) and Guolin New Qigong – Yoshio Machi & Chao Liu (J)

Ch11 Non-Attachment, Dis-Identification, and Dissociation in Meditation, Qigong, and Hypnosis: Adaptive or Mal-Adaptive? – Michael M. DelMonte (Eire)

Ch12 Qigong, Hypnosis and Autogenic Training – Heinrich Wallnofer (Austria)

Ch13 Japanese Health Promotive Methods Compared with Qigong – Hiroki Kato (J)

Ch14 Qigong in the West: Challenges, Hazards and Opportunities – Peter Bankart (USA)

Ch15 Qigong and its Implication for Hypnosis – Gosaku Naruse (J)

Ch16 Meditation and Sexuality: A New Interpretation of Qigong and its Present-Day Significance – Yuasa Yasuo (J)

PART II – Psychotherapy and Oriental Thought

Ch17 Influence of Buddhism on the Psychotherapy in Japan – Yuji Sasaki (J)

Ch18 Thoughts of Chinese Philosophy and Psychotherapy – Mingyi Qian (China)

Ch19 Application and Effect of Buddhism and Taoism in the Treatment of Neurotic Disorder with Morita Therapy – Guiying Wu & Xiangyang Zhang (China)

Ch20 A Technique of Self-Awareness in the East – Fusako Koshikawa (J)

Ch21 Psychotherapy and ‘Do’ in Japanese Culture: Self-Cultivation Through Tackling a Set Task – Yosuke Sakairi (J)

Ch22 Effect of Eastern Bodywork as Somato-Psycho-Therapy – Yutaka Haruki (J)

Ch23 Control Therapy: Contributions of Eastern and Western Approaches to Psychotherapy – Shauna L.Shapiro, John A. Astin, & Deane H.Shapiro (USA)

Ch24 Western and Eastern Approach to Corporal and Spiritual Well-Being: Are there Common Roots? – H. Wallnofer (Austria)



M.M. DelMonte, & Y. Haruki (Eds.).(1998), The Embodiment of Mind: Eastern and Western Perspectives. Delft, Holland: Eburon Publishers (169 pp). Combined Proceedings, the 4th Conference ‘Body over Mind or Mind over Body: Does it Matter?’, August 12-15, 1996, Chateauguay, Canada & of the Symposium ‘ Does the Concept of Embodiment Offers Something New in Psychology?’, August 20, 1996, at the XXVI International Congress of Psychology, Montreal, Canada. (Order ISBN 9051666381 by email

Part I: Body over mind or mind over body: Does it matter? – M. DelMonte

Ch 1  What kind of discipline is the mind/body problem? – Y. Haruki (J)

Ch 2  The mind versus body debate – M. DelMonte (Eire)

Ch 3  Does it matter if the meditator doen’t mind? On consciousness and awareness of the BASICI.D. – M. Kwee (NL)

Ch 4  The common ground between two great wisdom traditions: Mahayana Buddhism and Christianity: What can psychologists learn? – M. Blows (Aus)

Ch 5  What does meditation change? Measurement of cognitive styles – Y. Sakairi (J)

Ch 6  The process of self-actualisation through practising the Japanese martial art Aikido  – Y. Konno (J)

Ch 7  How to use Taoist meditation to accelerate the healing process – N. Tremblay (Canada)

Ch 8  The primacy of mind in early Buddhist psychology – P. de Silva (UK)

Ch 9  Mind and body – Dualistic notion of non-dualistic nature: Issues for the scientist-practitioner – S. Srinivasan (Aus)

Ch10 Study of the psychology and the behavioural science of Qigong – W. Wang (China)

Ch11 Tibetan meditation, Yoga and healing practices: Mind-body interconnections? -E. Stutchbury (Aus)

Ch12 The embodied mind, the talking cure and the silence of meditation – M. DelMonte (Eire)

Part II: Does the concept of embodiment offer something new in psychology? – Y.Haruki & J. Kabat-Zinn

Ch13 Embodied mind and Mini Shimite Wakaru – Y. Haruki (J)

Ch14 The matter of mind – C. Pert (USA)

Ch15 Imagining is acting: Experienced physical action as the basis for imagination and linguistic knowledge – K. Miyazaki (J)

Ch16 The body as lived: Recognizing lived body disruption in illness – K. Toombs (USA)



M.G.T. Kwee, & T.L. Holdstock (Eds.).(1996), Western and Buddhist Psychology: Clinical Perspectives. Delft, Holland: Eburon Publishers (xiv + 338pp). (Order ISBN 905166477X by email

General Introduction – Maurits Kwee & Len Holdstock

Part I.   A Western psychologist in dis-ease


Ch 1 Dis-ease in psychology: The basis for a new beginning? ? Len Holdstock

Ch 2 Travelling within – Len Holdstock

Ch 3 Exploring our relatedness without – Len Holdstock

Part II.  Buddhist psychology and Zen lore


Ch 4 Buddhist psychology: Theory and therapy – Padmal de Silva

Ch 5 Happiness and suffering in Buddhist psychology – Han de Wit

Ch 6 Travelling in the footsteps of Hotei towards the 21st century – Maurits Kwee

Part III. Conjunctive clinical perspectives


Ch 7 A multimodal systems view on psyche, affect, and the basic emotions – Maurits Kwee

Ch 8 Systems theory and psychotherapy: A constructivist perspective – Michael DelMonte

Ch 9 Towards a conjunctive psychology: Happiness and levels of being – William Mikulas



Y. Haruki, Y. Ishii, & M. Suzuki (Eds.).(1996), Comparative and Psychological Study on Meditation. Delft, Holland: Eburon Publishers (x + 238 pp). Proceedings, the 3rd Conference, August 30-September 2, 1993, Makuhari, Chiba, Japan. (Order ISBN 9051664834 by email

Chapter 1        Some aspects of meditation – Y. Haruki, Y. Ishii & M. Suzuki (J)

Chapter 2        Meditation and the view of nature in East Asia: The human being as a small heaven and earth – Y. Yuasa (J)

Chapter 3        Early Buddhist meditation and mental health – P. de Silva (UK)

Chapter 4        Yoga meditation: History and philosophy of the wisdom traditions and practical contemporary clinical applications –  M.W. Blows (Aus)

Chapter 5        Vipassana meditation as taught in the meditation centers initiated by S.N. Goenka – S. Srinivasan (Aus)

Chapter 6        Zen and health – S. Nakamura (J)

Chapter 7        Ajikan meditation of Shingon Buddhism – T. Yamasaki (J)

Chapter 8        Chinese Qigong and Qigong psychology – J.S. Wang (China)

Chapter 9        Jewish meditation: Context and content – Historical back- ground, types, purpose – M. Verman & D.H. Shapiro, Jr. (USA)

Chapter 10      Meditation in the Christian tradition – M.M. DelMonte (Eire)

Chapter 11      Travelling in the footsteps of Hotei: A spiritual and scientific journey – M.G.T. Kwee (NL)

Chapter 12      Mindfulness meditation: What it is, what it isn’t, and its role in health care and medicine – J. Kabat-Zinn (USA)

Chapter 13      Application of the meditative method in psychotherapy with an emphasis on Transcendental Meditation and Autogenic Training – Y. Sakairi (J)

Chapter 14      A technique of meditation based on Yoga philosophy and cognitive-behavioural theory – J. Dua (Aus)

Chapter 15      The relaxation response: Physiological effects and medical applications – R. Friedman, M. Steinman & H. Benson (USA)

Chapter 16      An experiment on classifications of meditation methods: Procedures, goals and effects – F. Koshikawa & M. Ichii (J)



Y. Haruki, Y. Ishii, & M. Suzuki (Eds.).(1994), Current State of Eastern Medicine Around the World. Report by The Transnational Network for the Study of Physical, Psychological & Spiritual Wellbeing and The Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences, Waseda Universty, Japan. (Including a Report on Meditation-Related Research: U.S. Scientists by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Sausolito, CA, USA.) (ii +143 pp).(Order: Waseda University, School of Human Sciences, 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorazawa, Saitama 359, Japan or:

Preface – Y. Haruki, Y. Ishii & M. Suzuki

Meditation-Related Research: U.S. Scientists – T.J. Hurley III & D.H. Shapiro

The Current State of Eastern Medicine in Australia – M.W. Blows & J. Dua

Current State of Studies and Application of Eastern Body-Mind Practices in Europe – A. Saito

The Current State of Eastern Medicine in Ireland – M. DelMonte

The Current State of Eastern Medicine in China – J. Wang

Current State of Eastern Medicine in Japan – Y. Takahashi



M. Blows (Ed.).(1993), Towards the Whole Person: Integrating Eastern and Western Approaches to Body-Mind Skills. Kenthurst, NSW: Linking Publications (vi + 98 pp). Proceedings of the 2nd Conference, July 15-17, 1992, Bruges, Belgium. (Order ISBN 064613252 by email

Preface – Benoit Standaert
Editor’s Foreword

1.     A warm-up to the workshop Johanna Blows (Aus)

2.     Towards integrating Eastern and Western traditions: Opening address – Yutaka Haruki (J)

3.     Meditation and personal identity – Laurence Freeman (B) Psychology of meditation

4    Therapeutic aspects of meditation – Michael Delmonte (Eire)

5        Meditation training: Training to do what and how to do it? – Jagdish Dua (Aus)

6        Vipassana meditation: Reflections of a participant observer – Saroja Srinivasan (Aus)

7    Meditation and psychotherapy – Akira Onda (J)

Theoretical explorations

8        Implications of contextual change for psychological research on Eastern thought and practice – Akiko Saito (UK)

9    The varieties of emotional experience: A systemic view – Maurits Kwee (NL)

Practices to open the heart
10   Lectio Divina – Ria Weyens (B)

11   Meditation and compassion – Mark Blows (Aus)

Body-mind integration

12   Breath taking feeling – Yutaka Haruki (J)

13   Breathing and breathing method – Yutaka Haruki (J)

14   Mudras and meditation – Maureen Lockhart Sandhu (India)

15   Body and mind in Chinese martial arts – Stewart McFarlane (UK)

16   Should St. George have killed the dragon? The Tantric approach: The challenge of entering a spiritual journey as distinct from a useful health treatment – Mark Blows (Aus)

Toward the essence

17   The view of Raja Yoga: Toward the whole person (world change through self-change) – Didi Sudesh (UK)

18   Moslem spirituality – Luk Omar van den Broeck (B)




Japanese Health Psychology, Vol.1, No.1, December 1992, edited and published by The Japanese Association of Health Psychology, Tokyo (112 pp)

(This monograph comprises papers presented at the symposium ‘Eastern Techniques for Mental Health around the World’ held at Komazawa University in Tokyo, July 21, 1990 – when The Transnational Network was formed at the invitation of Yutaka Haruki – and at the symposium ‘Eastern and Western Approaches to Mental and Physical Health’ during the the 22nd International Congress of Applied Psychology in Kyoto, July 21, 1990). (Order ISBN 4761004940 by email: (Dept. of Psychology, School of Literature, Waseda University, 1-24-1 Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162, Japan)

Preface – Yutaka Haruki (J)

Part I: Eastern techniques for mental and physical health around the world.

Deane H. Shapiro, Jr. (USA): Zen meditation, cognitive/behavioral psychology, and a religious quest.

Mark W. Blows (Aus): Current status of research and practice in Australia.

Wang Jisheng (PRC): Psychological studies of Chinese traditional therapy.

Yuji Sasaki (J): Eastern techniques concerning the health of the mind and the body.

Yasutomi Taniguchi (J): An overview: Psychophysiological approach to meditation in Japan.

Part II: Eastern approaches to mental and physical health.

Wang Jisheng (PRC): Psychological study of Qigong

Michael M. DelMonte (Eire): Meditation: Mindfulness and repression.

Deane H. Shapiro, Jr. (USA): Scientific research on the content and context of meditation.

Mark W. Blows (Aus): Lifting the mask: Ways of working towards inner freedom.

Akira Onda (J): Zen, self-control and creativity.

C. Peter Bankart (USA): Some Western questions for an Eastern psychology.



M. Blows, & S. Srinivasan (Eds.).(1992), Perspectives on Relaxation and Meditation.  Melbourne: Spectrum Publications (x + 222 pp)

(This book had its origins in 1988 when a group of psychologists held a symposium at the 24th International Congress of Psychology in Sydney and marked the preparation of The Transnational Network’s conferences). (Order ISBN 0867861398 by email

Preface – Mark W. Blows & Saroja Srinivasan

Chapter 1  Relaxation and meditation: The relationship between them and historical context ?

      Mark W. Blows

Chapter 2  East meets West: Six techniques of relaxation and meditation ? John L. Sheppard

Chapter 3  Meditation as technique of cognitive-behaviour therapy ? Jagdish Dua

Chapter 4  The relevance of meditation to clinical practice: A mainly Kellian perspective ?

      Michael M. DelMonte

Chapter 5  Zen practice and meditation – Shoji Nakamura

Chapter 6  Awareness through movement – Teruhiko Kuroda

Chapter 7  Classification of Eastern self-practicing techniques (gyohos) and their

      characteristics – Yutaka Haruki

Chapter 8  Effects of Transcendental Meditation for reducing anxiety of Japanese

      businessmen – Yosuke Sakairi

Chapter 9  Normality, transcendence and meditation: Indian perspectives ? Madan N. Palsane

Chapter10 Zen, satori (enlightenment) and creativity – Akira Onda

Chapter11 Meditation research: Toward new directions ? Saroja Srinivasan



M.G.T. Kwee (Ed.).(1990), Psychotherapy, Meditation & Health: A Cognitive-Behavioural Perspective. London/The Hague: East-West Publications (320 pp). Proceedings of the First International Conference on Psychotherapy, Meditation, & Health, March 16-18, 1990, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands


(This conference might be considered as a precursor of the Transnational Network’s conferences.) (Order ISBN 0856921890 by email





Section I: General Introduction
Introduction to Section I

1        The Psychology of Meditation – Daniel Goleman (USA)

2        Cognitive and Behavioural Approaches to Meditation – Maurits Kwee (NL)

3        The Four Paths to Peace of Mind: Limitations to Personal Growth – Guy Claxton (UK)

Section II: Self-Control and Control by a ‘Benevolent Other’

Introduction to Section II

4        Is God a Confounding Variable in Meditation Research? Through an Hourglass Lightly – Deane Shapiro, Jr. (USA)

Section III: Self-Control and Buddhist Approaches

Introduction to Section III

5        Basic Sanity A Buddhist Approach to Health – Han de Wit (NL)

6        Mindfulness, Self-Control, and Personal Growth – William Mikulas (USA)

7        Meditation and Beyond: Buddhism and Psychotherapy – Padmal DeSilva (UK)

Section IV: Cultic Approaches: TM, Sufism, and Rajneeshism

Introduction to Section IV

8       The Approach of the Sufi Message – Johannes Witteveen & Hazrat Inayat Khan (NL)

9       Psychotherapy, Free Energy, and Meditation – Swami Deva Amrito (NL)

10     Maharishi’s Vedic Psychology: Alleviate Suffering by Enliving Bliss – Reconnecting the

         Partial Values of Life with the Wholeness of Life – Paul Gelderloos (NL)

Section V: Non-Cultic Approaches: Zen, Tao, and Relaxation

Introduction to Section V

11    Relativism as Applied in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Zen-Meditation – Maurits Kwee (NL)

12     Chi-Kung: The Taoist Way of Cultivating Life-Force Energy – Implications for Western Psychology – Gunther Weil (USA)

13    Stress, Relaxation, and Changes in the Immune System – Yanda van Rood & Els Goulmy (NL)

14    Health Psychology and Meditation by Genuine Laughing and Smiling – Maurits Kwee (NL)


List of Contributors

Subject Index