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'How not to get confused in talking and thinking around anatta/anatman' By...
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:30 – 19:30 BST
'How not to get confused in talking and thinking around anatta/anatman'
By Peter Harvey
6:30pm Wednesday 3rd May - All Welcome - Free Event - No Booking Required
There is a lot of talk, among various Buddhists of ‘no-self’, ‘no-soul’, ‘self’, ‘Self’, ‘denial of self’, ‘denial of soul’, ‘true Self’, ‘illusory self’, ‘the self is made up of the aggregates, which are not-self’, ‘The self can give you the impression of existing because it sends you fear and doubt. The self really does not exist’. These ways of talking can clash and cause confusion. So, how can the subtleties around the anattā/anātman teachings be best expressed? What is this teaching really about? This talk will be mainly based on Theravāda texts, but also discuss the Tathāgata-garbha/Buddha nature Mahāyāna, which is sometimes talked of as the ‘true Self’.
About the Speaker
Peter Harvey is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland. He is author of An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (1990 and 2013), An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Issues (2000) and The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvāna in Early Buddhism (1995). He is editor of the Buddhist Studies Review and a teacher of Samatha meditation.
Tea and coffee will be served in the Library