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Twelve Examples of Illusion

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Tibetan Buddhist writings frequently state that many of the things we perceive in the world are in fact illusory, as illusory as echoes or mirages. In Twelve Examples of Illusion, Jan Westerhoff offers an engaging look at a dozen illusions--including magic tricks, dreams, rainbows, and reflections in a mirror--showing how these phenomena can give us insight into reality. F ...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 1st 2010)
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Dharmakirti
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This wonderful and very readable book uses examples from modern science and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist thought to help show what Indo-Tibetan Buddhist mean when they talk about suffering being caused by the incorrect view of things existing with essence (सवभाव, svabhāva). Our brains construct a view of the world, the constructed view is an illusion and not reality. ...more
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Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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An entertaining book about the illusions in the Tibetan tradition, together with the modern science and/of explanation of the illusions. Not too deep, so it is readable for a broad audience.
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