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  • Contribution of Buddhist mindfulness to the transformation of conflict : dependent origination (paticca-samuppada) and deconstruction of identity
    Zalta, Anja
    The article presents Buddhist mindfulness as a method for conflict transformation. On the basis of the concept of paticca-samupp, da (dependent origination) and anatta (nonself) the article ... (de)constructs the phases of identity formation. In Buddhist understanding, conflict is the result of defensiveness and misconceptions, and thus it is central to understand the mechanism by which the idea of ʺIʺ or ʺselfʺ is established. The purpose of mindfulness is (among other things) to achieve a radical change in perception, which leads to ʺde-automatizationʺ of mental mechanisms and suspends the identification with sensory and mental experiences that an individual calls a separate ʺIʺ. Since the Buddhist approach to conflict is based on a theory of cognition, this article emphasizes the individual effort needed for conflict transformation. Only later could or should this knowledge be applicable to a wider social environment, taking into account the diversity of socio-cultural conditions.
    Source: Asian studies = Azijske študije. - ISSN 2232-5131 (Vol. 4, issue 2, 2016, str. 139-151)
    Type of material - article, component part
    Publish date - 2016
    Language - english
    COBISS.SI-ID - 61642594