Nondualistic Paradigms in Disability Studies and Buddhism: Creating Bridges for Theoretical Practice

Lynne M. Bejoian


Arising from personal and scholarly concerns as to misperceptions of Buddhism within disability studies, this paper endeavors to explore current interpretations of Buddhism within disability studies context, critique disability studies' assumptions about the value and relevance of this spiritual perspective, and use a classic Tibetan Buddhist text to posit a more current and socially relevant view of disability. Additionally, as a woman with a disability who is a practicing Tibetan Buddhist, the author will bring a personal voice to this area of critical inquiry. Thus, as a scholar committed to disability studies and student of Buddhism, the author will bring professional and personal focus to both "belief systems" to find a space in which both can be recognized and common ground be considered, thereby resulting in a common ground of understanding.

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