Sunday, March 10, 2013

Buddha's doctrine of anatman?

Question [Don]:

Buddha's doctrine of anatman?

According to buddha 'There is no self. There is no I or mine. It is just a preconceived notion and the primary delusion that leads to false knowledge.'
Is the sense of self, a mistaken idea conceived by our mind? How did we arrive at that conclusion of self(I, me, myself or mine)?

Additional Details

Rene descartes in his Meditations on the First Philosophy did not seem to have notice the preconceived notion of Self.. He says he has discarded all his beliefs in the beginning but then he directly arrives at that conclusion 'I am.' what do you think?


Answer [Nucleus]:

In Buddhism, non-self (anattā) is one of the three characteristics 'tilakkhaṇa' of existence (shared by all sentient beings).
Other two characteristics of existence are impermanence (anicca) and suffering (dukkha).

Here, existence is self/definition (continuation of births and deaths).

It is true that non-self is a characteristic of self, where self may believe/reference to another self (new creation).
Example: I think, therefore I am (existence as continuation of self instances)

Dependent Origination states that ignorance originates existence.…

That means such beliefs in continuous self (existence) is the result of ignorance where self is illusion.

True wisdom is capable to free (nibbana) from existence (self).

"One with all Existence, and so an unlimited Love for everything" is ignorance, my friend.

There is a difference between liberation 'moksha' and freedom 'nibbana'.

'atman' (self) liberate to 'paramathman' (permanent sole/ creator concept) is dealt in Buddhism.…

'Maha brahma' a deity whose delusion leads him to regard himself as the all-powerful, all-seeing creator of the Universe


Analysis of Abhi Dhamma - Core scripture of Buddhism

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