About this book
This book provides an interdisciplinary discussion of conflict studies, drawing on perspectives from psychology and Buddhist studies. The author combines current research in psychology, conflict and management studies, as well as moral narratives drawn from religious and cultural contexts, to offer useful guidance on dealing with conflict and dichotomies. Drawing on a vast corpus of Buddhist literature, this book examines complex teachings, ideas and doctrines to bring insight to how individuals and societies might lead peaceful and balanced lifestyles. In this ground-breaking study Padmasiri De Silva insists that the social studies need to develop dialectical methods and understanding in addition to the objective and analytical collection of facts. Chapters cover an array of subjects including economics, ecology, human wellbeing, prison reform, dialectical behaviour therapy, multiculturalism, and peace studies.
dichotomies dilemma balance dialectics eastern philosophy western philosophy conflict studies Buddhist psychology Wellbeing market triumphalism Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Dialectical behaviour therapy
“Combining insights from contemporary science and the Buddhist tradition, Padmasiri de Silva defends the importance of the body’s role in emotional experience and in the way emotions function in our lives. Drawing on his many years of work as therapist, he shows the place of attention to the body in mindfulness based practices aimed at emotion regulation, pain and trauma management, addiction, and stress reduction. De Silva’s book counters the misleading impression that Buddhist psychology encourages suppression of emotion and that mindfulness based therapies ignore the body. He eschews overly simplistic accounts of emotion and of the problems that bring people to therapists. Most excitingly, he indicates how negatively experienced emotions are not just manageable, but potential means for spiritual transformation.” (Professor Kathleen Higgins)