In recent years, there has been a growth of interest in the theory of narrative therapy as a new research method for the study literature. The author examines the Jing Lu Yi Xiang and finds many stories related to the practice of treating trauma. This article explores the deconstruction and healing process described in the narratives of trauma from the Jing Lu Yi Xiang from the perspective of narrative literature, using narrative therapy theory as a research method.
The stories presented in this article presents four aspects in the deconstruction and healing of trauma narratives: (1) Deconstruction of the dependently arisen process of union and separation; (2) Deconstruction of birth, old age, illness, and death with impermanence; (3) Deconstruction of the five aggregates by examining the process of rebirth; (4) Deconstruction of wealth and poverty with karma. The text not only presents important Buddhist concepts, but also offers solutions to various common predicaments of human life.
The Buddha’s narratives, together with the personal accounts of trauma presented in their own language by members of the audience, reveals a process of deconstructing traumatic experiences with the help of Buddhist ideas, and resolving fundamental challenges of the human condition, each story presenting a different form of healing strategy and outcome.
Jing Lu Yi Xiang, sutra story, psychological trauma, narrative therapy, Buddhist literature