This is an introduction to Buddhism with particular emphasis on its philosophical and psychological foundations. Particular attention will be given to the similarities and differences between Asian and Western philosophical, psychological and ethical perspectives; the fundamental insights of Hinduism, Indian Buddhism and Taoism that form the foundation of Zen Buddhist thought and practice; how mindfulness and Buddhist meditation serve as the basis of psychological insight and self-understanding; and the extent of Buddhism’s influence on Asian culture and on Western thought, especially philosophy and psychology.