Conflict resolution within a Buddhist context.

Tophoff, Michael M. (2016) Conflict resolution within a Buddhist context. Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 3 (2). pp. 463-474. ISSN 2009-7170

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More than ever before, adequate conflict resolution skills belong to the indispensable competencies of anyone who deals with intra-personal and inter-personal conflicts, not only on a personal level, but also in professional, organizational, and corporate areas. In recent literature a fair number of conflict resolution tools have been described within a pragmatic context of skill development (Liu & Opotow, 2014; Coleman & Prywes, 2014). These skills are presented without discussing fundamental, personal variables, such as the mediator’s mindset fundamental to conflict reconciliation. In that way, these skills become mere techniques – not competencies. In order to become true competencies, the tools must not only emanate in a transparent way from the mediator’s inner attitude and correspond with his/her mindset. In order to fully ‘own’ these tools, and to be able to use them sensitively, the mediator must also be aware of their roots and of their deeper origins. On closer look it appears, that many of these tools have an ancient basis and are rooted in Non-Western, Buddhist teaching.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Conflict resolution; Buddhist context;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Edward M Kennedy Institute
Item ID: 7920
Depositing User: Kennedy Institute
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 15:56
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis
Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
Refereed: Yes

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