Non-dualism is often seen in terms of ‘non duality’, as an abstract claim that lies beyond our experience. But it can be interpreted as the belief that we can avoid absolutisation, and thus as another term for the Middle Way. Dualism can be avoided in practice by incrementality (thinking of things as a matter of degree). This is a tributary video to no. 4 in this series, on incrementality.
This is the 15th video in the Middle Way Philosophy introductory course
Some suggested reflection questions
1. Can you suggest an example of unavoidable duality (thinking in terms of subject and object) in our ordinary practical lives?
2. Suggest some examples of dualistic ideologies or attitudes (i.e. ones that deny the possibility of an integration process) that you regularly encounter.
3. Have you encountered any ideologies or attitudes that use the concept of non-duality but that nevertheless appear to be dualistic in some respects?
4. What are the most helpful sources of non-dualistic thinking in your experience?
Suggested further reading:
Middle Way Philosophy 1: The Path of Objectivity, section 3.g