Unformatted text preview: one thing of which we each are absolutely certain, which we will die for, which we will kill for, which we will obey slavishly and unquestioningly throughout our lives. We are so accustomed to our habitual sense of self that we consider even the slightest absence of it—a moment of derangement, a loss of consciousness in fainting or deep sleep, a disorienting distraction of passion or terror, a dizzying state of drunkenness or drug-intoxication, a psychological or neurological disorder—absolutely terrifying. We can’t imagine our lives without our “I” as a constant, demanding presence. What is shocking and difficult for most Westerners to accept is that the Buddha discovered that this most certain knowledge of the “self” is actually “misknowledge”—a fundamental misunderstanding, a delusion. (p. 744)...
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- Spring '07
- Psychology, Gautama Buddha, Robert Thurman, mountain goats snort