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Mindfulness of Death as a Tool for Mortality Salience Induction with Reference to Terror Management Theory

Institute of Electronic Buddhist Text & Culture Content 313, Dongguk University, 2, Toegye-ro 36-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04626, Korea
Religions 2019, 10(6), 353; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10060353
Received: 30 April 2019 / Revised: 16 May 2019 / Accepted: 29 May 2019 / Published: 30 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buddhism in Modernity: Thriving or Threatened?)
In this article, I argue that “mindfulness of death” (maraṇasati) can be a tool to induce mortality salience and can have a positive psychological impact. The mindfulness of death is described in detail in the early Buddhist texts Aṅguttara Nikāya and Visuddhimagga. The texts stress that death should be consciously connected with temporality and mindfulness. Here, I look at the mindfulness of death in relation to the mortality salience of terror management theory. “Mortality salience” is a term proposed in terror management theory that means “the state of conscious activation of the thoughts of death”. In addition, after conscious activation of the thought of death, I examine the psychological changes, such as the increase of pro-social attitudes which emphasizes ethics and morality, and the emphasis on the intrinsic value of life due to the operation of a cultural worldview and self-esteem. In this paper, I conclude that mindfulness of death can be an effective tool to induce mortality salience. View Full-Text
Keywords: mindfulness of death (maraṇasati); mindfulness (sati); mortality salience; terror management theory; early Buddhist texts mindfulness of death (maraṇasati); mindfulness (sati); mortality salience; terror management theory; early Buddhist texts
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Moon, H.G. Mindfulness of Death as a Tool for Mortality Salience Induction with Reference to Terror Management Theory. Religions 2019, 10, 353.

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Moon HG. Mindfulness of Death as a Tool for Mortality Salience Induction with Reference to Terror Management Theory. Religions. 2019; 10(6):353.

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Moon, Hyun G. 2019. "Mindfulness of Death as a Tool for Mortality Salience Induction with Reference to Terror Management Theory" Religions 10, no. 6: 353.

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