Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory: The Dharma of Natural Systems
This book brings important new dimensions to the interface between contemporary Western science and ancient Eastern wisdom. Here for the first time the concepts and insights of general systems theory are presented in tandem with those of the Buddha. Remarkable convergences appear between core Buddhist teachings and the systems view of reality, arising in our century from biology and extending into the social and cognitive sciences. Giving a cogent introduction to both bodies of thought, and a fresh interpretation of the Buddha s core teaching of dependent co-arising, this book shows how their common perspective on causality can inform our lives. The interdependence of all beings provides the context for clarifying both the role of meditative practice and guidelines for effective action on behalf of the common good.
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Abhidharma action acts anatta Anguttara Anguttara Nikaya anicca appear arises assumptions becomes behavior Bertalanffy bhikkhus body Buddha Buddha’s teachings Buddhaghosa Buddhist view causal paradigm causal process causal view cause cognitive system concepts conditioned consciousness constructs craving cybernetic dependent co-arising Dharma Digha Nikaya distinct doctrine dynamic early texts effect entity environment existence experience external factors function goal Gotama human Ibid input interaction interdependence interpretation Introduction to Systems Kalupahana karma knower knowing Laszlo linear causal Majjhima Nikaya Maruyama means mental mind monks mutual causality namarupa nature nibbana nidana notion objects one’s open system organization paccaya Pali Pali Canon paticca samuppada patterns perceived perception perspective phassa phenomena physical positive feedback present reality realm reciprocal relation represents Rhys Davids Samyutta Nikaya sankhara Sariputra says scriptures seen self-organization sense sensory social structure substance Sutta Systems Philosophy systems theory systems view tanha things tion transformation view of causality Vinaya