Year of Award
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Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Psychology
Lucian G. Conway, III, Bradley Clough
Buddhism, Mindfulness, Not-Self, Psychology, Self
University of Montana
The Buddhist concept of “mindfulness” has had a large impact on Western psychological interventions over the past 20 years. Several new treatments that draw directly on mindfulness practices have been developed and found to be efficacious (Baer, 2006). The concepts of mindfulness and mindfulness practices represent one component of Buddhist psychology, a rich and comprehensive system of thought. Other aspects of Buddhist psychology appear, thus far, to have had little or no impact on Western psychology. One important aspect, not-self, is a central component of Buddhist thinking concerning psychological health and well-being. The present study explored the Buddhist concept of not-self as articulated by traditional, highly experienced practitioners of Theravāda Buddhism (i.e., monastics; N=6). Insights into understanding the self and its role in psychological well-being within Western psychology were discovered. These insights included Buddhist models of self, the development of not-self, feelings and drive associated with not-self, and happiness.
Herwitz, Christian, "An Experiential Perspective on the Buddhist Not-Self: Implications for Western Psychology" (2012). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 132.
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