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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action activity argument arising attainment attitude become bhavanga birth body Brahmanical Buddha Buddhist called cause cessation Chapter commentary concept concerned conditioned consciousness constructed continuity conventional course culture death Dependent described desire discussed doctrine elements example existence experience explains expressed fact feeling final four function future give given gods human idea imagery important Indian individual intellectual interpretation karma kind linguistic lives material matter means mental mind monk moral nature nibbāna objects ordinary Origination particular passages Path pattern perception perhaps person phrase practice present produced psychological questions quoted rebirth refer relation religion religious result right view ritual sacrifice samsāra seen sense sequence simply social society speak stream suffering Sutta taken teaching texts Theravāda things thinking thought tradition translation truth types ultimate universe whole
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