(Re-)Constructing the Self
This paper aims to take up the complex dialectic between self and selflessness as raised in the target papers of this issue and in
classical Buddhist thought. I’ll argue that the recognition that the
self is constructed can lead, in the right theoretical and practical context, to (i) the deconstruction of fixed views of self, (ii) the decentring of self-experience within a larger horizon of awareness, and (iii) the reconstruction of a more fluid self as a skilful means to cultivating and embodying wisdom and compassion.