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The Psychology of Buddhism in Conflict Studies


  • Offers perspectives from psychology, philosophy, therapy, management studies, education and social studies

  • Provides Buddhism inspired insight to enhance current debates

  • Discusses how integration and balance can be used to develop a methodology for unravelling dialectical oppositions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 1-14
  3. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 21-29
  4. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 31-38
  5. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 47-50
  6. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 51-54
  7. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 59-63
  8. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 65-69
  9. Padmasiri de Silva
    Pages 81-86
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 87-90

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

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophical, Historical and International StudiesMonash UniversitySpringvale, VICAustralia

About the authors

Padmasiri de Silva is Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, Australia. He has a PhD in East-West Comparative Philosophy and an advanced diploma in Counselling. He is the author of a number of books, including An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling; Emotions and the Body in Buddhist Contemplative practice and mindfulness-Based Therapy (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

Bibliographic information


“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)