PHILOSOPHICAL PRAXIS COUNSELLING AND SPIRITUAL HEALING
(Registration No.477, 2000-2001)
In collaboration with Department of Philosophy, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
ANNOUNCES ITS EIGHTH NATIONAL SEMINAR ON
"BUDDHISTIC MODEL OF COMMUNICATION(SAMYAK VAAK) AND ITS IMPACT ON INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN THE MODERN CONTEXT "
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Contribute your research paper( either in English or in Hindi) on any of the topics mentioned below.
- Similarity and difference between Jain model and Buddhistic model of communication
- Similarity and difference between Advaita model and Buddhistic model of communication
- Similarity and difference between Nyaya, Mimansa model and Buddhistic model of communication
- Silence- Various views and its role in life
- Development of communication skills
- Ontological assumptions and communication
- Role of communication in social and interpersonal relationships
- Buddha the communicator ( Jatak kathas)
- Linear and non-linear models of communication
- Indian Communication thoughts
- Role of ethics in communication
- Use of Buddhistic Communication skills in various aspects of life
- Communication, Action, and Occupation
- Communication training
- Mindfulness and communication
The above-listed sub-topics are only indicative and not exhaustive. Participants are free to present views on any aspect they consider associated with the general theme.
The final date of submission of your paper is 15th March 2022
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Speech or verbal communication is something in which we have to engage all the time, whether you like it or not. We use speech to express our ideas, feelings, and emotions to others. The right or perfect use of speech leads to a better understanding of you and consequently, your relationship with others improves. Speech and written words can have enormous consequences. Speech can break lives, create enemies, start wars or it can give wisdom, heal divisions and create peace. Speech communicates both our thought and emotions.
Let us be honest, communicating effectively is hard to do, especially in heated situations. It's difficult because rarely do we stop to pay attention to what we are saying or the purpose of our communication.
People face several problems related to interpersonal relations due to their untruthful language, malicious speech, and harsh words in their communication with others. For example, Mr. X told the philosophical counselor that -"I knew how to speak and string words together or make proper sentences, but no one ever taught me the purpose of communication or how to effectively express myself so I was heard and how to listen so I could understand. A lot of times it seemed that because I knew how to talk, that automatically meant I should know how to communicate".
Another person asked the philosophical counselor "how to improve my relationship with other people? Some people can make friends easily, but I am unable to do the same".
Do you have a complete awareness of the other person with whom you are speaking? For example when the husband talks to his wife or wife talks to her husband, father talks to his son or son talks to his father, similarly when brother talks to his sister or sister talks to her brother and so on, are completely aware of each other? We perceive them according to our emotions, we react emotionally to them. Do we understand their reactions? Our so-called relationships are just a maze of such mutual projections, with no mutual knowledge and understanding at all-not to speak mutual love.
The patience, respect, and mutuality we had enjoyed for years in our family lives have gradually disappeared. The speaking and listening skills we had so carefully cultivated were replaced by mistrust, impatience, and defensiveness.
This is why there is so much misunderstanding between people so much failure to communicate, so many disappointments, especially in the more intimate relationships of life. People are at cross purposes because one person does not know another and therefore cannot love another. There is just pseudo communication between projections, and nothing more. This may sound drastic and perhaps rather horrifying, but it is true, and it is best and most salutary if you face up to the truth about ourselves and other people as quickly as possible, and realise that, in most cases, our so-called relationships are just a maze of such mutual projections, with no mutual knowledge and understanding at all- not to speak of mutual love.
Here a question arises- what to do? Or where should we try to find a solution to these issues related to communication ?. The answer is the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, specifically mindful communication can guide us for perfect communication. Shortly after his attainment of Supreme Enlightenment Buddha gave his first discourse in the Deer Park of Sarnath, on Turning the wheel of the Dharma- His great spiritual discovery to humanity. The content of the discourse was :
1. Four Noble Truths ( chatvaari arya satyas) : a) suffering, b)the cause of suffering, c)the cessation of suffering and d) the way leading to the cessation of suffering.
2. Noble eightfold path ( arya astangic marg): leading to the realization of truth- oneness with Reality, Enlightenment, Buddhahood.
The eightfold path may be classified into three groups from the point of view of training: The Moral discipline group ( Shila- right speech, right action, and right livelihood).The Concentration group ( samadhi- right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration) and the Wisdom group ( Prajna- Perfect Vision or Samyak Dristi and Samyak Sankalp/ Intention) To understand the Buddhistic model of communication the essential teachings of Buddhism, such as perception of Reality, living the Present Moment and Mindfulness, Compassion, Four Noble Truths, and six Parmitas, should be first delineated.
Communication behavior, based on Buddhist teachings, is expressed in ontological assumptions of communication, communication ethics, Communication Behaviour, and relationship development.
Three ontological assumptions- non-duality of reality, dependent origination, and wheel of life( Sansar), are related to human communication. The holistic nature of communication, interrelatedness in the communication process, and the endlessness or no real beginning or ending characteristic of human communication are due to the above-mentioned ontological assumptions respectively. The holistic nature, inter-relatedness, and circularity of human communication suggest that human communication becomes meaningful only harmoniously concerning others.
Buddhism strongly upholds "ethical concepts of tolerance, non-violence, respect for the individual, love of animals and nature and a belief in the fundamental spirituality of all human beings." These ethical teachings offer guidelines for how people should communicate. The three paths-Perfect Speech, Perfect Action, and Perfect Livelihood are especially related to communication ethics. The prominent universal principle of ethical communication is comprised of four elements: mutuality, open-mindedness, honesty, and respect. Therefore, in the Buddhistic model of communication abstaining or refraining from false speech, abstaining from malicious speech, abstaining from harsh speech, and abstaining from idle chat(Gossiping) was emphasized. On a social and individual level, the Buddhistic communication model emphasizes harmony, mutual dependence, selflessness, compassion, and ethics, which reflect in the behavior of the communicator in the form of emotional control, avoidance of being aggressive, empathic, emphasis on silence, and intuition in the communication with other persons. The intuitive aspect of communication emphasizes " to feel" rather than "talk about" the situation in the process of communication. This pattern is opposed to a western linear or abstract reasoning pattern. Thus, the Buddhistic model emphasizes inner liberation through a direct understanding of life.
Silence in the communication becomes an effective non-verbal expression for mutual understanding. Silence is a creative intuition that leads to tranquility. " It is mind-sounding insider rather than mouth talking outside."Empathic communication, based on wisdom and compassion, emits a natural acceptance of others' existence. Empathy, with sensitivity and creativity, formulates the ideal of fellow persons. It is an expression of self-consciousness to the consciousness of one's fellow persons. It works as a third level or higher stage. For example, the first level is I am I, the second level is You are You, and when these levels are transcended then comes the third level or higher level – I am You and You are I. The middle path ( Madhyam Marg) which refers to the middle way between two extremes, is manifested in the form of emotional control and avoidance of aggressiveness in the communication behaviour. Communication plays an important role in the formation of an interpersonal bond between the communicator and the listener. For harmonious interpersonal relationships abstaining from blaming one's negative personality is essential. A positive feeling tends to develop and leads to more frequent interaction and friendly responses and vice versa.
The path of transformation (Bhavana Marga) represents a complete and thoroughgoing transformation of one's emotional life, speech, communication with others, lively-hood, and so on. Right Speech is a mindfulness practice. Mindfulness means paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it—without judgment. Mindfulness makes it possible to recognize what we are about to say before we say it, and thus offers us the freedom to choose when to speak, what to say, and how to say it. With mindfulness, we see that the heart is the ground from which our speech grows. We learn to restrain our speech in moments of anger, hostility, or confusion, and over time, to train the heart to more frequently incline towards wholesome states such as love, kindness, and empathy.
Right Listening, as the complement to the Right Speech, is also very important. But what exactly is Right Listening? Listening means attending to our physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions, as well as to the voice, facial expressions, gestures, pauses, underlying meanings, and rich nuances/shades/tones that accompany the spoken words of others. For without the capacity to listen deeply, all the Right Speech in the world was of little use.
You are requested to Contribute your research paper (either in English or in Hindi) on any one of the topics mentioned below.
1. Similarity and difference between Jain model and Buddhistic model of communication
2. Similarity and difference between Advaita model and Buddhistic model of communication
3. Similarity and difference between Nyaya, Mimansa model and Buddhistic model of communication
4. Silence- Various views and its role in life
5. Development of communication skills
6. Ontological assumptions and communication
7. Role of communication in social and interpersonal relationships
8. Buddha the communicator ( Jatak kathas)
9. Linear and non-linear models of communication
10. Indian Communication thoughts
11. Role of ethics in communication
12. Use of Buddhistic Communication skills in various aspects of life
13. Communication, Action, and Occupation
14. Communication training
15. Mindfulness and communication