Chuang Tzu (Master Chuang) was a Chinese philosopher who lived in the 4th century BC. The core of his teaching was that our understanding of the world is relative to our perspective and therefore we must be wary of adopting fixed judgments. Jorge Luis Borges, the seminal Argentinean writer, was fond of Chuang Tzu’s butterfly parable (on which Viñao’s piece is based.) One night Master Chuang dreams he is a butterfly. But when he is suddenly awakened by the cry of a bird, he does not know whether he is a man who dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly now dreaming it is a man ....

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a radio piece after a reading of Borges (6'14")

Helga Davis and David Garland, narrators

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