The limited​ language of the no-self

Why do you meditate?

Why do you meditate?

Photo by Meenakshi Madhavan

Here I take a critical look at the language used to describe meditation, particularly Buddhist meditation.

We’re stuck in a limited pattern of meditation-speak, one that centers around ideas of the self. Much meditation and the discourse surrounding it is tied up in the revelatory discovery that we don’t have a self.  There’s such a strong emphasis on this that it risks occluding other purposes; it narrows the results of meditation practice to a restricted, prescribed understanding: that of ‘no-self’.

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