alexa Integration Of The Buddhist Concept Of Mindfulness (BCM) Into Counseling: Experiences Of Counselors
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Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
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17th World Summit on Positive Psychology, Psychotherapy & Cognitive Behavioral Sciences
May 01-03, 2017 Toronto, Canada

Prasanna Jayatilake
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Psychol Psychother
DOI: 10.4172/2161-0487-C1-012
Abstract
Mindfulness has become an exponentially increasing concept worldwide as a means of self-actualization and psychotherapy with special attention on mindfulness-based interventions. Although the integration of the concept of mindfulness has been successful to a certain degree, it does not reflect the complexity of mindfulness as in Buddhism. Therefore, this study aimed at exploring the essence of lived experiences of counselors who integrate the Buddhist Concept of Mindfulness (BCM) into counseling within the Sri Lankan context. The study followed phenomenological approach in qualitative research framework. The sample included fifteen (15) Buddhist counselors, who integrate BCM into counseling. Purposive and snowball methods were used as means of sampling. Data was collected through open-ended face-to-face interviews followed by verbatim transcription of data and thematic analysis. Three main themes have been extracted. ‘The complexity of phenomenon’, was described in terms of the theories which the BCM is based on and the ultimate goal of the intervention. The ‘art of intervention’ described the way the counselors integrated BCM in their counseling activities and socio-cultural aspects in integration. The ‘effectiveness in application’ explored the lived experiences of counselors when they employ BCM methods and its impact on clients. Findings suggested the cognitive change for Right Vision was a prerequisite for Right Mindfulness through realizing the Three Characteristics of Existence: trilaksana. Path to the ultimate cessation from all sufferings: nibbāna is generated through being mindful in the process of detaching from worldly things. Therefore, it can be stated that BCM provides the individual the holistic approach in which all problems in life will be solved and therefore, its process is rather extensive. Thus, integration of BCM into counseling showed to be more effective with lifelong results. Potential implications and directions for further studies on mindfulness were addressed.
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