The Psychological Healing Function of the Buddhist Scripture Parables -Focusing on the Lotus Sutra-

Seonhwa Kim1,*   

1Joong-Ang Sangha University

Abstract

In this thesis, the concept and characteristics of parables were examined to explore the meaning of psychological healing contained in parables in Buddhist scriptures. And focusing on the seven parables of the Lotus Sutra, the characteristics of the parables used in the Buddhist scriptures and the meaning of psychological healing were examined.

Literary stories allow us to expand our thinking and thought and have a variety of mature thinking. Among them, ‘empathy’ and ‘impression’, obtained from poems and fables, which are mainly parables, are internalized and change a person’s way of thinking. I think the empathy and impression you get from the parables in the Buddhist scriptures is no different from such a literary inspiration. If this action proceeds in a positive direction, it can act as a healing force that restores the wounded and diseased state of mind.

A metaphor is more effective in telling a story more vividly than a realistic description. However, the fact that the parables used in the Buddhist scriptures were used as a means for enlightenment and the fact that the parables implied the truth are different from general parables. As Vasubandhu presented ‘the seven parables of the Lotus Sutra’ as a treatment mechanism for symptoms only, stories that compare various situations can be considered as ‘solutions to healing’ according to each situation in reality.

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