Reply to Josipovic: Duality and non-duality in meditation research

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2010
Authors  Travis, Frederick; Shear, Jonathan
Journal Title  Consciousness and Cognition
Volume  In Press
Abstract  We agree with Josipovic that a fundamental differentiating feature of meditation techniques is whether they remain within the dualistic subject–object cognitive structure, or they transcend this structure to reveal an underlying level of non-dual awareness. Further discussion is needed to delineate the basic non-dual experience in meditation, where all phenomenal content is absent, from the more advanced experience of non-duality in daily life, where phenomenal content is obviously present as well. In this discussion, it is important to recognize that the experiencer–object relation makes the experience dual or nondual, rather than the nature of the object experienced.
DOI  10.1016/j.concog.2010.04.003