I’m reading Ian Baker’s The Heart of the World (part travel-writing, part spiritual quest, part white man conquers all, part very smart white man thinks very hard about how to not simply regurgitate white man’s burden view of the world).
In it, he asks this (through a dialogue with one of his friends, Hamid):
“‘Buddhist philosophy reveals that what appears as external and self-existing is ultimately a function of consciousness; it has no inherent existence. To say that reality is nondual doesn’t mean that all is illusion, but appearances arise in conjunction with our perception. When we recognize that perception dictates our reality, the forces of greed, anger, and delusion lessen and we attain a freer responsiveness to the events around us…science recognizes the same thing; that reality does not exist separately from our perception.'” (295)
Isn’t this what deconstructionists do, ask us to recognize our own perceptions and how they influence what we see? The difference is that Buddhism asks us to take something from this recognition that is more than cultural critique…