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28-03-2022 | COMMENTARY

Compassion, Self-compassion, and Skill in Means: a Mahāyāna Perspective

Auteurs: John D. Dunne, Jeremy Manheim

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness

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Abstract

In the context of both research and clinical applications, Buddhist sources have inspired the theoretical and practical aspects of self-compassion as a construct and target of mental training. However, the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions that most strongly emphasize the importance of compassion articulate it in ways that are incompatible with contemporary notions of self-compassion. This article examines these incompatibilities in terms of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist theory and practice. In theoretical terms, the articulation of compassion as centered on others (and not self) is explained in terms of its overall motivational purpose in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. And in terms of Buddhist practices for cultivating compassion, incompatibilities in relation to motivation and phenomenological structure are examined. The possibility that self-compassion could be aligned with Buddhist notions of renunciation is next considered. The problems that arise in that attempted alignment motivate a concluding discussion about the ways that Buddhist insights about compassion suggest potentially useful ways of reconsidering contemporary conceptualizations and practices of self-compassion as a “skilful means” to address obstacles to cultivating a sincere motivation to strive for one’s own well-being.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Compassion, Self-compassion, and Skill in Means: a Mahāyāna Perspective
Auteurs
John D. Dunne
Jeremy Manheim
Publicatiedatum
28-03-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-022-01864-0