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Buddhism and the Self

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269618
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0005
Buddhism and the Self

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This chapter examines the views of the self and human nature in Theravadin and Tibetan Buddhism. Both these schools deny that nirvana is sheer extinction of non-existence and they share the Advaita philosophy that the goal of human life is to obtain release from rebirth and individual existence to achieve a state that cannot be considered as either a continuance or extinction. They believe that all sentient beings can become Buddhas or enlightened beings who can help one attain nirvana.

Keywords: Theravadin Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; human nature; self; nirvana; Buddha

Chapter.  15153 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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