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Title: Intersubjectivity in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: B. Alan Wallace

Description: This essay focuses on the theme of intersubjectivity, which is central to the entire Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It addresses the following five themes pertaining to Buddhist concepts of intersubjectivity: (1) the Buddhist practice of the cultivation of meditative quiescence challenges the hypothesis that individual human consciousness emerges solely from the dynamic interrelation of self and other; (2) the central Buddhist insight practice of the four applications of mindfulness is a means for gaining insight into the nature of oneself, others and the relation between oneself and the rest of the world, which provides a basis for cultivating a deep sense of empathy; (3) the Buddhist cultivation of the four immeasurables is expressly designed to arouse a rich sense of empathy with others; (4) the meditative practice of dream yoga, which illuminates the dream-like nature of waking reality is shown to have deep implications regarding the nature of intersubjectivity; (5) the theory and practice of Dzogchen, the ‘great perfection’ system of meditation, challenges the assertion of the existence of an inherently real, localized, ego-centred mind, as well as the dichotomy of objective space as opposed to perceptual space.

Publisher Place: Thorverton ; Charlottesville, VA
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Normalized publisher place: Charlottesville, VA
Thorverton, UK
Publisher country: United States
United Kingdom
Publisher URL: http://www.imprint.co.uk/jcsmainframe.html
Published Date: 2001-05
URL: http://www.alanwallace.org/Intersubjectivity.pdf
Extent: 22 p.
Subject: Dzokchen (rdzogs chen)
Meditation research
Cognitive science
Dream yoga
Four immeasureables
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Calm Abiding (zhi gnas, śamatha)
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Mindfulness Meditation
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Dzokchen (rdzogs chen)
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Cognitive Science -- Consciousness Studies
Cultural Coverage: India
United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
Interface Language: English
Source: Journal of Consciouness Studies
Source Editor: Joseph A. Goguen
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 8
Source Number: 5-7
Source Page Numbers: 209-230
Start Date: 1994
Frequency of publication: Monthly
Submissions: See Instructions to authors
ISBN/ISSN: 1355-8250

Means of availability: Issues of the Journal of Consciouness Studies are available online through Ingenta or in print. See webpage for subscription options.

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Resource Type: Article
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Date Record Checked: 2004-05-25
Date Last Modified: 2005-12-20 18:58:05
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