Witnessing in Theravada Buddhism

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This paper aims to show that the problem of personal identity is a fundamental question not only in a Buddhist tradition but in Western philosophy too. The author discovers a notion of "witnessing" includes all kinds of conscious experience, perception and thought. Through the distinction itself and the rest of the world as the relationship between Subject and Object author shows a lack of Western point of view and subtly draws the subject of Theravada Buddhism, which in the opinion, Matulyak A.V. incorporates perspective of the eternal question: Who am I? What is my self?
The author gently introduces a Buddhist text, giving the opportunity to touch the methodological foundations of Gotama, the Buddha. The author very interesting shows her point of view, engaging in a process of seeing the situation. Gradual reveals the evolution of views between Subject and Object in the light of the Buddhist doctrine of anatta (no - self). The article was written at a high conceptual level, and the apparent intertwining of Western philosophy and the philosophy of Theravada Buddhism, indicates exceptional character of the object - witnessing and the need to continue this investigations.

A V Matulyak

Anamatlyak@gmail.com
Saint-Petersburg State University

Кафедра истории философииФакультет философии; СПбГУ; Saint-Petersburg State University

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