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On the Pedagogy of Suffering

Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations

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Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey

This text articulates how and why suffering can be pedagogical in character and how it is often key to authentic and meaningful acts of teaching and learning. This is an ancient idea from the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus (c. 525 BCE) – pathei mathos or «learning through suffering». In our understandable rush to ameliorate suffering at every turn and to consider every instance of it as an error to be avoided at all costs, we explore how the pedagogy that can come from suffering becomes obscured and something vital to a rich and vibrant pedagogy can be lost. This collection threads through education, nursing, psychiatry, ecology, and medicine, through scholarship and intimate breaths, and blends together affinities between hermeneutic conceptions of the cultivation of character and Buddhist meditations on suffering and its locale in our lives. This book will be useful for graduate courses on hermeneutic research in education, educational psychology, counseling, and nursing/medicine.

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interpretation as non-attachment, 112, 222, 224–25, 229 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), 35, 40, 73 authenticity, 3, 13, 57–59, 65, 193, 242. See also inauthenticity b Baba Yaga, 101 back to the basics, 9 Barker, Phillip, 91 Bava Metzia, 83b, 85a, 151, 153, 156 Bayer, Thora Ilin, 162 behaviour problems. See Emotional and Behavioural Disabilities Behaviourism, 33–35, 223 Being as becoming someone, 3, 101–6, 147–48, 159, 180–81, 233, 241 hermeneutics and, 50, 163–65, 177–78, 236, 240–41 phenomenology and, 11, 100, 236–37, 242 radiant being and, 247–49 towards death, 38, 136–38, 145–46, 175, 192, 196 belonging, 11, 134, 218, 225, 240. See also exclusion; isolation Maslow’s Pyramid and, 199–201, 203, 211 Berakoth, 5b, 150 Berry, Wendell, 112, 114–15, 118–19, 121–22, 158, 162–63, 220 Bildung, 3, 159, 180, 233. See also soul making binaries, 35–36, 39, 219. See also duality bipolar disorder, 201–5 body, 205–11 Borderline Personality Disorder, 55, 201–5, 207 Buber, Martin, 55 Buckman, Robert, 174–75, 178, 181–82 Buddhism compassion and, 19–27, 58–65 First Noble Truth of, 89, 99, 190 four modes of consciousness and, 58 Gelug tradition of, 228–30, 233, 235–38, 240–49 impermanence and, 115, 124, 187 key insights of, 3, 19, 172 mindfulness in education and, 168, 172, 188–97 practice and, 228–30, 232–49 resources for counselling relationships and, 19–26, 51, 53–62, 73, 183–97 resources...

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