Saturday, November 10, 2012

There's No 'Self' in Buddhism

Jet, flying high above my house

In my Philosophy of Religion classes I've been teaching basic Buddhist ideas in relation to the problem of suffering and evil.

Here's a nice article on the Buddhist denial of a "self" - "for Buddhists there is no self in the deeper sense that no one exists as a singular, permanent structure distinct and isolated in any meaningful way from the rest of the world." ("Only connect: Buddhism and ecology both refuse to separate the human and natural worlds – and demand that we act accordingly," by David Barash)