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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.

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: February 1, 1999


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