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Authors:  (Klaus Blaser, Centre for Applied Boundary Studies, Basel, Switzerland)
Abstract:
―It is an illusion that boundaries actually exist, but it is also an illusion that
they do not exist-sometimes an extremely important illusion,‖ writes the
German philosopher Konrad Paul Liessmann in his most recent book ―Lob der
Grenze‖ (―In Praise of Boundaries‖, Liessmann, 2012). Is it also an illusion
that we humans do not need a mental self-boundary, a boundary that separates
our mental inner world from the outside world?
Buddhist writings speak of dissolution of the self as a desirable goal, that
is, a dissolution of the isolated self whereby connectedness with everything
around us can be established. Western culture aspires to the same goal, but by
very different means and with exactly the opposite result. In the last two
hundred years or so, Western culture has tried to dissolve all kinds of
boundaries until reaching the core boundary of the self. This final phase, the
dissolution of the mental self-boundary, has probably already commenced
(Funk, 2011).
Let us look (see fig. 1) at how various systemic boundaries surrounding us
have largely disappeared over time or are currently undergoing a process of
dissolution. 


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