This practice is used to dismantle oneself, get greater objectivity about oneself, loosen our defensiveness and gain greater insight into the emptiness of self. Not that we don't have a provisional self, but that it's not something independent of conditions.
The book is an extended meditation and a complex synthesis of scientific studies, around the six element practice. It was in my opinion, one of the best Buddhist books in 2010. For my book awards for 2011 click here.
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