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(Pāli, sakkāya-diṭṭhi). Term meaning ‘personality belief’, and referring to doctrines which postulate the existence of a permanent self or ātman. In Buddhist teachings, this view is the result of a basic misconception concerning the nature of personal identity in relation to the five aggregates (skandhas). There are twenty possible permutations of this wrong view. 1–5: that one's self is identical with any one of the five aggregates; 6–10: that it is contained in them; 11–15: that it is independent of them; and 16–20: that it is the owner of them. Satkāya-dṛṣṭi is the first of the Ten Fetters (saṃyojana) and is only abandoned when one becomes a stream-winner (śrotāpanna).

Subjects: Buddhism.

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