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Buddhism and Modern Psychology
Robert Wright, Princeton University
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The Exterior Version of the Non-Self
Notes taken on September 14, 2017 by Edward Tanguay
the interior version of the not-self
looking inside your mind
observing feelings and ideas
not identifying with them
the exterior version of the not-self
getting the sense that the bounds of your body are more permeable and porous than you might have thought
the boundaries are not so solid
there's more of an interaction with the world out there
it's a more fluid interaction than you might have appreciated
our realities are a confluence of connections, interactions and relationships
we normally think of ourselves as acting on the world
but actually the world acts on us quite a bit
much of our behavior and thoughts are a consequences of things that have impinged upon us
in this sense our behavior if a form of output in response to all this input
there's less room for an autonomous self which is generating and initiating thought
a feeling that you have in your body is no more a part of your self than a sound you hear outside, since depending on what they rae, they both can influence you in a variety of ways with on wide spectrum of intensity
both send signals to your brain
that one is inside your body and one outside
more of an arbitrary difference than a fundamental difference when you consider how much impact each can have on how your self responds and what it becomes
becoming conscious of these boundaries dissolving can be a peaceful and freeing experience
your sensory apparatus no longer seems like such a fine dividing point
one can identify with others as one identifies with oneself
one need not even identify with any of them
there is just an empty, slow presence here
if you're nothing, you are everything
it sounds cryptic
a bird's song that you hear can be just as much a part of you as the tingling in your foot
and the tingling in your foot does not have to be a part of you to begin with
one disaggregates the self internally
one sees things outside the body as much a part of you as those experiences coming from inside the body
moral implications
not so much waves of empathy for other human beings, but more identifying with them
since you identify more often with the world outside you, there is less reason to harm that part of reality
if everyone were to meditate regularly and identify themselves as being the inseparable from the world
can give people the feeling that not harming things is just the logical thing to do