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Numerous models of mediation and conflict resolution have been successfully used to get win-win outcomes where 2 parties with perceivably different agendas have sought to resolve their differences. We know conflict can exist as a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests.

But what about the internal kind of conflict that we are experiencing almost every day somehow within ourselves? How many times do we experience opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings? Why aren’t we able to be of one mind when it comes to making decisions about certain things that we know are perfectly sensible, but yet on another level we still have great difficulty acting on it?

Nichiren Buddhism – Conflict Resolution through Enlightenment

 

ND Buddhism proposes a model of internal conflict resolution that facilitates a process by which one becomes enlightened to the true nature of everyday existence. Internal conflict is resolved through practicing an approach that generates a deeper understanding of the causes and conditions within daily life. This is achieved through focusing and reflecting (i.e. meditating) on an object that is representative of the objective and universal truth that operates within the self and the environment.

The ultimate truth in NDB is defined as a single law that expresses itself through ‘distinct’ phenomena. Put differently, the law manifests as seemingly distinct phenomena through a process of cause and effect where in truth all is of the one source. This function is necessary for life to find expression in the phenomenal world.
This law is viewed as infinite and eternal, and all aspects of its phenomenal expressions are therefore temporary in nature. In other words, all of existence is in constant flux and ultimately expresses itself in a dichotomous fashion within the self and the environment ‘spiritually as well as materially’.

The practitioner knows and comes to accept that the process of distinction not only plays a necessary and integral part in forming a self defining ego, but also appreciates the many facets of the expressions of that law.

Thus, through understanding and recognising the dichotomous and distinct aspects within, the practitioner of NDB is able to generate an observer like status that allows for a greater internal locus of control.
Identifying him or herself as an eternal aspect of the law which transmigrates from one moment to the next into infinity, practitioners have the ability to be more objective, balanced and make wiser choices that affect their life and their environment in a more positive way.

This consequently leads to better life coping skills, identifiable within the practitioner as reduced levels of stress, anxiety, depression and probably a whole host of other psychological benefits yet to be determined. Most of all, practitioners tend to have a much more positive and controlled outlook on life which virtually knows no bounds and no end.

Living in the moment, enjoying what there is to be enjoyed and challenging what needs to be challenged but never forgetting for a moment their true identity, practitioners are therefore eternal optimists that embrace all aspects of their life with the knowledge and believe that they are the masters of their own destiny.

This follows that practicing NDB has important implications for the field of psychology. To comprehensively understand the philosophy and motivation of Buddhism it is necessary to be familiar with its history, as well as the concepts of reincarnation, dependant origination and a variety of general Buddhist concepts all of which are addressed here.

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