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Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General System Theory The Dharma of Natural Systems 1st Indian Edition, Reprinted


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Publisher:Sri Satguru Publications
Published In:1995
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.03 lbs
Pages:pp. xviii + 236, Index, Notes, Biblio.

The Title "Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General System Theory The Dharma of Natural Systems 1st Indian Edition, Reprinted" is written by Joanna Macy. This book was published in the year 1995. The ISBN number 8170304210|9788170304210 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Indian Edition, Reprinted edition. This book has total of pp. xviii + 236 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Sri Satguru Publications. We have about 930 other great books from this publisher. Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General System Theory The Dharma of Natural Systems 1st Indian Edition, Reprinted is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

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.

About the Author

Joanna R. Macy is Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. She is The Author of Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age; Dharma and Development; Thinking Like a Mountain : Toward a Council of All Beings (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess); and World as Lover, World as Self.



1. Considering Causality :
i. Like the Air we Breathe
ii. The Linear Unidirectional Causal Paradigm
iii. One-way Causality in the West
iv. One-way Causality in Indian Thought
v. The Mutual Causal Paradigm in the West
vi. The Buddhist Vision of Mutual Causality
vii. The Reciprocal Hermeneutic of Buddhism and General Systems Theory

2. The Buddhist Teaching of Dependent Co-Arising :
i. The Central Role of the Causal Doctrine in the Dharma
ii. Linear Causality in Pre-Buddhist India
iii. Comparison with Western Linear Views
iv. Scriptural Presentations of Paticca Samuppada

3. Dependent Co-Arising as Mutual Causality :
i. From Substance to Relation
ii. No First Cause
iii. Syntax of Interdependence
iv. Reciprocity of Causal Factors
v. Abhidharmist Interpretations
vi. Paticca Samuppada as Interdependence

4. General Systems Theory :
i. Science's Problems with the One-way Causal Paradigm
ii. The Perception of Systems in the Life Sciences
iii. Cybernetics and the Concept of Feedback
iv. Systemic Invariances and Hierarchies
v. Systems Theory in the Social Sciences
vi. The Cognitive System
vii. Systems and Value

5. Mutual Causality in General Systems Theory :
i. The Transformation of Causes within the System
ii. Feedback as Causal Loop
iii. Negative Feedback Processes
iv. Positive Feedback Processes
v. Seeing Causes

6. Self as Process :
i. Everything Changes
ii. The Illusion of Separate Selfhood
iii. No Clear Lines of Demarcation
iv. The Lethal Mirage

7. The Co-Arising of Knower and Known :
i. Perception as Convergence of Factors
ii. Consciousness : Conditioned and Transitive
iii. Information Circuits
iv. Shaping the World through Projection
v. Learning as Self Reorganization
vi. The Limits of Cognition
vii. Objectless Knowing
viii. Who is knowing?

8. The Co-Arising of Body and Mind :
i. Linear Views
ii. "Like Two Sheaves of Reeds"
iii. Two Sides of a Coin
iv. The Internality of All Systems
v. The Ubiquity and Particularity of Mind
vi. Beyond the Fear of Matter
vii. "Minding"

9. The Co-Arising of Doer and Deed :
i. Identity and Accountability
ii. The Question of Rebirth
iii. Kaya and Karma
iv. Structure and Function
v. Past and Present
vi. The Dharma and Determinism
vii. The Determinacy of Choice
viii. The Cognitive System as Decision Center

10. The Co-Arising of Self and Society :
i. Participation and Particularity
ii. The Interdependence of Person and Community
iii. The Dharma of Social Systems

11. Mutual Morality :
i. Concern for other Beings
ii. Tolerance and Iconoclasm
iii. Political Engagement
iv. Right Livelihood and Economic Sharing
v. Ends and Means

12. The Dialectics of Personal and Social Transformation :
i. Free to Reconnect
ii. The Tree and the Flame