Marc Lewis: The Cycle of Craving in Mind and Brain: Reciprocal Insights between Buddhist Thought and Addiction Studies
Buddhist philosophy highlights the role of craving, not only in the recurrent experience of suffering but in the construction of personality itself. In the West, the study of addiction provides a lens on psychological and neurobiological mechanisms that lock in habits of thinking and feeling. Addiction studies help us see how attraction, desire, and habit formation contribute to the development of indelible personality patterns. While addiction studies thus help flesh out Buddhist principles, Buddhist perspectives point to practices, such as mindfulness/meditation, that may help addicts in their very pragmatic quest to move beyond their destructive habits.