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  • n. The docrine that there is no transcendental ego or soul; that the perceived true self is an illusion. Corresponds to the Hinayana or Theravada Buddhist doctrine of anattā.


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Negation prefixed to atman, from Sanskrit आत्म‍ (Ātmā, "wind, breath, soul"), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Old English ǣþm ("breath")).


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  • Explaining reincarnatin as karma as anatman the doctrine of the insubstianitiality of the self usually sets my questioner's eyes aglaze.

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  • Hinduism and Christianity abstracted the soul from the body, Buddhism, through its doctrine of anatman, avoided such separation.

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  • Carus rejected the widespread interpretation that Buddha had denied the existence of the soul in his anatman doctrine; rather Buddha had denied the separateness of soul or consciousness from its physical vessel.

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  • One of the most basic, most essential, and most difficult teachings of Buddhism is anatman or anatta -- no soul.

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  • I was attacked by a Buddhist gang who disassembled me into 5 skandhas using their anatman doctrine.

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