Chapter

The Ritualizing Body-Mind

Patricia Q. Campbell

in Knowing Body, Moving Mind

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793822
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793822.003.0006

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

The Ritualizing Body-Mind

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This chapter focuses on the specific ritual practices that meditation students learned and performed. Learning through devotional practices like chanting, prostrations and offerings is discussed, as is the example of one participant who decided to take on an offering rite without insisting on prior cognitive understanding. His experience of discovery through doing is a rare but illuminating example of the affective changes that may come about through ritual performance. But the main focus of this chapter is on the affective and psychomotor changes that took place through meditation practice. Participants' reflections suggest that, beyond its physical postures and gestures, the mental practices of meditation are akin to physical activities, and the mind thus learns in much the same way that the body does. From their reflections emerges a pattern of learning that cycles through the three—and possibly four—domains discussed in chapter four.

Keywords: ritual; ritualizing; meditation; psychomotor learning; decorum; framing; embodiment

Chapter.  19095 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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