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Commentary on ‘The View from Within’, edited by Francisco Varela and Jonathan Shear

[opening paragraph]: There is a story of a surgeon who experienced a disturbance when working on hands. It seemed that seeing both the hands of his patient and his own at the same time acted as a fundamental and unwelcome reminder that he and his patients were the same thing. This disturbed his usual attitude which, for understandable professional reasons, was to see his patients as meat.
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Keywords: Buddhism; Self-knowledge; Vipassana meditation; discursive psychology; prescientific traditions

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Psychology Department, Warwick University, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.

Publication date: 1999-02-01

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