A Philosophical Explanation of Thought Insertion Symptom —According to Sa?dhinirmocana-S?tra and Tri??ik? Vijnapti-k?rik?
|Keywords:||精神分裂症;想法植入徵狀;自我察覺;自我概念;緣起;佛教禪修;schizophrenia;thought insertion;symptom;self awareness;the concept of self;dependent co-arising;Buddhist meditation||Issue Date:||2011||Abstract:||
Thought insertion symptom is one of the indexical symptoms of schizophrenia. An individual with this symptom always attributes his thought to others. From the Western philosophical perspective, this symptom is related to abnormal self awareness, and caused by the confusion of the concept of self. Thus the aim of therapy is to restore one’s concept of self from abnormal to normal.
Being different from the Western tradition, Buddhism deals with mental illness without assuming that there is a ‘self’. Relying on the teaching of pratītya-samutpāda (dependent co-arising), many Buddhist scriptures propound the explicit analysis of various mental activities, and provide a unique mental theory. Basing on Saṃdhinormocana Sūtra and Triṃśikā Vijnapti kārikā , this thesis attempts to take thought insertion symptom as an example, and see how Buddhist mental theory is applicable to it. The aim of this thesis is to provide a novel philosophical explanation of this symptom, and to search for an alternative solution to it.
From Buddhist point of view, sentient beings treat the rigid self for granted because of the misunderstanding of reality. Taking it as rooted causes, this sympton will emerge when other condtions fulfil the requirement. Both of the ordinary people and individuals with this symptom misunderstand the reality, thus these two cannot be separated into nomal and abnamal. Moreover, it is also possible to take Buddhist meditation as an alternative therapy to cure the rooted cause of this symptom.
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