Introduction_to_a_Buddhist_Peace_Theory.pptx

An imbalanced attitude invested by extreme in group

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An imbalanced attitude invested by extreme in-group self-interest, desire, and needs are favored and promoted at the expense of others’ The mind in dualistic stance: swinging from extreme to extreme, and sticking t o dead-ends, whereby values, ideas, or norms of our own group are not viewed a s one of many alternatives, but the only right one: Other possibilities being dimly conceived or denied as wrong or inferior.
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Buddhist peace theory: Buddhist inner peace t heory Conflict/violence: Mixture of absolutization of one’s own thought/fra me of reference, dualistic logic/thinking, and impulsive or reactionary interaction Path to peace: Overcoming attachment to certain frame of reference or thought as absolute or complete, non-dualistic logic/thinking, positive emotions
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Buddhist peace theory: Buddhist inner peace t heory 1) The practice of mindfulness: controlling one’s internal dynamics (subjectiv e and emotional) Mindfulness: disciplining our minds by focusing on a certain object of thoug ht, while letting go of all other thoughts and emotions to observe whatever ari ses in consciousness. The engagement in mindfulness: helping to develop the ability for moment -to-moment awareness of internal states such as feelings, emotions, thoughts, and attitudes. Instead of being controlled by our habitual behavioral patterns, emotions, a nd thoughts, we can turn the contents of our consciousness, thoughts, feeling s, and reactions under control.
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Buddhist peace theory: Buddhist inner peace t heory 2) Practice of reflective self-awareness (meta-cognitive awareness): Pr actice of stepping back from our worldview, value and perspective to c ritically examine our current pattern of thought Knowing the constructed nature of values, worldviews and thought patterns including our own Recognizing the possibility for transformation of one’s worldviews a nd thought mode/pattern
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Buddhist peace theory: Buddhist inner peace t heory 3) Philosophical contemplation on different frames of reference shaping disti nct understandings of reality Realization of the total and interminable conflict in conceptual thought and the consequent attempt to resolve the conflict by rising to a higher standpoin t: Awakening to inherent interdependent and interpenetrating nature of confli ct thoughts that frame different views and understandings of reality and worl d Awakening to the ultimate absurdity and contradiction of the claim of diam etrically opposed points of view or systems of thought Transforming how we understand different and opposing views/perspective s or frames of reference on the deeper level
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Buddhist peace theory: Buddhist inner peace t heory Non-dualistic thinking and knowing Understand differences and different and opposing views and perspe ctives not as hard and fixed pair of opposites but as inter-relational and interconnected constructs
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  • Spring '19
  • Madam Masila
  • Buddhism, Thought

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