We will explore notions of identity and otherness in the field of existential phenomenology, politics and Zen Buddhism.
A self which does not respond to the other is isolated. And a citizen who does not respond, or worse, demonizes non-citizens and migrants, can he still be called a citizen?
Offering a cup of tea to the guest involves both guest and host. The offering, and the acceptance, is immediate, and both step into a shared domain, the in-between, a realm beyond the mere dialogical sphere, a place of coming-into-being, made possible by a suspension of judgement – not a technique or a strategy but the unadulterated modality of encounter.
Manu Bazzano is an existential/person-centred psychotherapist and supervisor, trainer and an ordained Zen Buddhist monk. He is a lecturer in modern European philosophy.