Philosophy and Religion
This study employs ethnographic field data to trace a dialogue between the self psychological concept of the selfobject and experiences regarding the concept of “interbeing” at a Vietnamese Buddhist monastery in the United States. The dialogue develops an understanding of human experiences with the nonhuman natural world which are tensive, liminal, and nondual. From the dialogue I find that the selfobject concept, when applied to this form of Buddhism, must be inclusive enough to embrace relationships with animals, stones, and other natural forms. The dialogue further delineates a self psychological methodology for examining religions in their interactions with natural forms.
Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
Capper, D. S.
(2014). The Trees, My Lungs: Self Psychology and the Natural World at an American Buddhist Center. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 49(3), 554-571.
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