If you meet the Buddha on the football field, tackle him!

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Andersen, Mark B and Mannion, Joe (2011) If you meet the Buddha on the football field, tackle him! In: Critical essays in applied sport psychology. Gisbourne, David and Andersen, Mark B, eds. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Ill., pp. 173-192.


In Western interpretations of Buddhist principles such as suffering, attachment, and desire, there are many misunderstandings that have probably led to seeing such concepts as alien and not applicable to sport psychology practice. As Mark and Joe argue, Western sport psychologists hold various concepts and constructs of the self as central to applied research and practice (e.g., self-talk, self-image, self-concept, physical self-description, self-efficacy). They also suggest that psychological views of the self are ingrained in the applied sport psychology canon and their usefulness is not often questioned. This essay addresses (among other things) the Buddhist concepts of suffering, attachment, and desire, as well as understandings of the self, or, more accurately, "no-self", and how they may be applied to the training of sport psychologists and to the lives and performances of athletes.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8687
ISBN 9780736078856
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID23478, Buddhism, sport psychology, sports, noble truths, mindfulness
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