The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism
This careful analysis of early Buddhist thought opens out a perspective in which no permanent Self is accepted, but a rich analysis of changing and potent mental processes is developed. It explores issues relating to the not-Self teaching: self-development, moral responsibility, the between-lives period, and the 'undetermined questions' on the world, on the 'life principle' and on the liberated one after death. It examines the 'person' as a flowing continuity centred on consciousness or discernment (vinnana) configured in changing minds-sets (cittas). The resting state of this is seen as 'brightly shining' - like the 'Buddha nature' of Mahayana thought - so as to represent the potential for Nirvana. Nirvana is then shown to be a state in which consciousness transcends all objects, and thus participates in a timeless, unconditioned realm.
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Abhidhamma advertence Annihilationism Annihilationists apprehended Arahat aspects ātman attachment attains nibbāna becoming between-lives bhavaga Brahmā brightly shining citta Buddha Buddhist cessation chapter citta clearly cognition commentary conception conception-element conceptional-discemment Conditioned Arising sequence constructing activities context craving defilements dependent developed Dhamma dukkha early Suttas elements empty eternal factors feeling five personality-factors form of discernment formless fruition gandhabba grasping higher knowledges Holy idea impermanent implies interpretation javana jhāna karma karmic kāya life-principle Mahāyāna Māra material form meaning meditative ment mental Milindapa˝ha mind mind-organ monks Nāgasena nāma nāma-rūpa nature nibbānic discernment nirvāṇa Non-returner normal not-Self object occur one’s Pāli passage past karma Path perceptual process person Personalists personality-factors phenomena physical questions radiant citta rebirth reborn refers rūpa sa˝˝ā Sarvāstivādins says seen sense sense-channels sense-objects sense-organs sense-spheres sentient body shows signless stimulation stopping Stream-enterer tathāgata tathāgata after death texts Theravāda Theravādin things tion transcended unconstructed unsupported upādāna Upaniads vi˝˝āa