"In all of the Oriental religions great value is placed on the Sanskrit doctrine of Tat tvam asi"

This relates to the thesis of Northrop's The Meeting of East and West. He claims that a major difference between Oriental and Occidental philosophies is the absence and presence of the subject/object division respectively. It is easily seen in the Western cliché of Oriental 'One-ness', where a person can be 'one' with something other than themselves, an idea which is not commonly found in the West. This idea is further manifested in Buddhist ideas of non-reaction and experience rather than intellectualising experience.