Questions tagged [anatman]

The Sanskrit term for the concept of 'not self' or 'no fixed self'. This is classified among the three marks of existence, namely impermanence, suffering and no fixed self. The equivalent Pali term is Anatta.

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Why talk and think about self as noun?

We always talk and think about self as a noun. When reading Buddhist philosophy, I have never seen exceptions to this. Both "common sense looking" and "metaphysical looking" is looking for the self. ...
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Why does Milinda step into Nagasena's trap?

Referring to the discussion between Milinda and Nagasena: Why King Milinda does not consider all together - pole, axle, wheels etc. - his chariot? Normally one defines a chariot a means for ...
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Pure Land Schools' version of the Three (or Four) Marks of Existence

I'd be grateful for references to some of the major Pure Land schools' versions of the Three (or Four) Marks (Seals) of Existence: Impermanence (anicca) Suffering (dukkha) No-self (anattā) ...
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Is the emptiness of persons an emptiness of essence or just substance?

Is the emptiness of persons an emptiness of their essence, which (I think) would be a defining characteristic, like how "fire" is always "hot", or just substance? Do any Buddhist texts say no?
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As a Buddhist, how shall we make sense of the notion that there is no such thing as a Soul?

The three marks of existence is: Impermanence, Suffering, and No-Self. If there is no-self, then there is no Soul. Our cognitive abilities is the result of the physical (Brain organ) and the non-...
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Is the self an illusion or is it *like* an illusion?

Recently, in explaining the relative unimportance of the question whether phenomena lack true existence it was claimed that, "the self is definitely an illusion" and lacked true existence. This seemed ...
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Logic vs Karmic principles

Imagine this hypothetical situation (which is meant to simplify the scenario in this question): There haven't been any past lives -- this is your first life, and therefore there is no past karma, but ...
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No self and individual responsibility

If there is no self, no "mind" or "I" that can be found, then what does Buddhism call that faculty which exercises personal responsibility?
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Was something done by me?

All happenings are phenomenon. Happenings are Anatta. Therefore I am not happening neither happening is myself nor am I the owner of happening. Give the above fact , is it true that I need to abandon ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

In a nutshell, the Buddha's teaching is: self-views ("I have a self" and/or "I have no self") must be avoided craving is a precondition for suffering, thus we must train ourselves to gain control ...
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What is Buddhist doctrine on the question of counterfactual definiteness?

Counterfactual definiteness is, "is the ability to speak "meaningfully" of the definiteness of the results of measurements that have not been performed." The classic question to illustrate is, "When ...
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Showing anatta from modern psychology or neuroscience?

I have heard Ajahn Brahm say in a talk, if I recall, that modern science or psychology has demonstrated anatta in some way. It seems unnecessary to invoke science to validate any of Buddhism, but ...
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Is “impermanence” a bad translation of “anicca”?

This article explains Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta -- and in this question I'd like to ask about Anicca. The article says that Anicca doesn't mean, or shouldn't be translated as, "impermanence": ...