Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory The Dharma of Natural Systems

ISBN-10: 0791406377
ISBN-13: 9780791406373
Edition: N/A
Authors: Joanna Macy
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 7/3/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Background
Considering Causality
Like the Air We Breathe
The Linear Unidirectional Causal Paradigm
One-Way Causality in the West
One-Way Causality in Indian Thought
The Mutual Causal Paradigm in the West
The Buddhist Vision of Mutual Causality
The Reciprocal Hermeneutic of Buddhism and General Systems Theory
Perceptions of Mutual Causality
The Buddhist Teaching of Dependent Co-Arising
The Central Role of the Causal Doctrine in the Dharma
Linear Causality in Pre-Buddhist India
Comparison with Western Linear Views
Scriptural Presentations of Paticca Samuppada
Dependent Co-Arising as Mutual Causality
From Substance to Relation
No First Cause
Syntax of Interdependence
Reciprocity of Causal Factors
Abhidharmist Interpretations
Paticca Samuppada as Interdependence
General Systems Theory
Science's Problems with the One-Way Causal Paradigm
The Perception of Systems in the Life Sciences
Cybernetics and the Concept of Feedback
Systemic Invariances and Hierarchies
Systems Theory in the Social Sciences
The Cognitive System
Systems and Value
Mutual Causality in General Systems Theory
The Transformation of Causes within the System
Feedback as Causal Loop
Negative Feedback Processes
Positive Feedback Processes
Seeing Causes
Dimensions of Mutual Causality
Self as Process
Everything Changes
The Illusion of Separate Selfhood
No Clear Lines of Demarcation
The Lethal Mirage
The Co-Arising of Knower and Known
Perception as Convergence of Factors
Consciousness: Conditioned and Transitive
Information Circuits
Shaping the World through Projection
Learning as Self Reorganization
The Limits of Cognition
Objectless Knowing
Who is Knowing?
The Co-Arising of Body and Mind
Linear Views
"Like Two Sheaves of Reeds"
Two Sides of a Coin
The Internality of All Systems
The Ubiquity and Particularity of Mind
Beyond the Fear of Matter
"Minding"
The Co-Arising of Doer and Deed
Identity and Accountability
The Question of Rebirth
Kaya and Karma
Structure and Function
Past and Present
The Dharma and Determinism
The Determinacy of Choice
The Cognitive System as Decision Center
The Co-Arising of Self and Society
Participation and Particularity
The Interdependence of Person and Community
The Dharma of Social Systems
Mutual Morality
Concern for Other Beings
Tolerance and Iconoclasm
Political Engagement
Right Livelihood and Economic Sharing
Ends and Means
The Dialectics of Personal and Social Transformation
Free to Reconnect
The Tree and the Flame
Bibliography
Index

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