Selfless Persons: Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism
This book explains the Buddhist doctrine of annattá ("not-self"), which denies the existence of any self, soul, or enduring essence in man. The author relates this doctrine to its cultural and historical context, particularly to its Brahman background. He shows how the Theravada Buddhist tradition has constructed a philosophical and psychological account of personal identity on the apparently impossible basis of the denial of self. Although the emphasis of the book is firmly philosophical, Dr. Collins makes use of a number of academic disciplines, particularly those of anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and comparative religion, in an attempt to discover the "deep structure" of Buddhist culture and imagination, and to make these doctrines comprehensible in terms of the western history of ideas.
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Abhidhamma action anatta annihilationism argued argument Arhat arising ascetic atman attabhava attainment attitude bhavahga bhavahga-mind birth body Brahmanical Brahmanical thought Buddha Buddhist doctrine Buddhist thought cessation Chapter chariot commentary concept concerned conditioned connexion consciousness constructed context continuity culture death Dependent Origination desire dhamma discourse dukkha eschatological example existence experience explains fact feeling freq gods Gonda human idea imagery impermanent impersonal elements Indian individual intellectual karma karmic Kathavatthu khandha life-faculty lifetime linguistic lives loka Mahayana means meditation mental Milinda Panha mind monk monkhood moral Nagasena name-and-form nibbana nirvana not-self ordinary Pali particular passages Path pattern perception person phrase practice psychological quoted rebirth reborn refer religion religious renouncer right view ritual sacrifice Samkhya samsara Sanskrit seeds seen sense sequence social society soteriological speak stream suffering Sutta Tathagata teaching texts Theravada Theravada tradition things translation truth ultimate unenlightened Upanisads virtuoso Visuddhimagga word
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