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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 1/2019

22-10-2018 | ORIGINAL PAPER

In the Seen Just the Seen: Mindfulness and the Construction of Experience

Auteur: Bhikkhu Anālayo

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 1/2019

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Abstract

In this article, I relate findings in cognitive psychology on the constructed nature of experience to related notions in early Buddhist thought, which recognize the degree to which the mind influences sensory perception. In particular, I take up the doctrinal teaching of dependent arising in its bearing on the reciprocal relationship between consciousness and name-and-form. I complement this by turning to the role of the mind as a forerunner of all things and to the impact of affect, in the form of “feeling,” on the arising of craving (another aspect of the doctrine of dependent arising). Based on these explorations, I examine the notion of “bare awareness” as a mode of practice already recognized in early Buddhist thought. From an early Buddhist viewpoint, the cultivation of mindfulness can help to become aware of, and avoid being carried away by, the influence of mental construction on experience, resulting in the ability to remain just with what is seen in the seen.
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Metagegevens
Titel
In the Seen Just the Seen: Mindfulness and the Construction of Experience
Auteur
Bhikkhu Anālayo
Publicatiedatum
22-10-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 1/2019
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-1042-9