Mindfulness and Conflict Transformation
The subject explores Buddhist peace work and conflict transformation strategies for social well-being and peaceful co-existence.
It presents “good practices” of Buddhist inclusive communities, characteristics and benefits of a moral culture (such as keeping peace with nature, nonviolence, Buddhist peace principles and ethics, etc). Since the preparation for peace on the social level has to start with individual transformation, the greater part of the subject will be dedicated to intra-psyche change based on mindfulness theory and practice.
Students will explore several techniques and aspects of conflict transformation combined with mindfulness in practice. They are expected to devote two hours per day to the practice of mindfulness in the conflict transformation process and record and reflect on their experiences.
The subject assumes a basic knowledge of Buddhism or elements of mindfulness achieved through the preliminary readings list.
- Develop a critical understanding of the concepts, beliefs and world-view underlying the principal Buddhist traditions as well as conflict transformation skills and methods
- Critically analyse fundamental issues involved in conflict transformation processes and the technical skills involved in its practice
- Situate the role and function of mindfulness within Buddhist doctrinal frameworks as well as its applications to conflict transformation processes
- Critically evaluate and reflect on the spectrum of techniques for the practice of mindfulness and different conflict transformation methods which have developed in different cultural and religious environments
- Develop the skills to pose research questions, investigate and analyse the literature, and present oral and written research reports.
- Assessment 1: Summary of reflective journal (10%)
- Assessment 2: Essay (30%)
- Assessment 3: Research paper (60%)