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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.


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


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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 aspect of anatman is a denial of transtemporal identity.

  • The prefix "an" negates, so the actual meaning of anatman is different from soul, self, spirit, and it is - oddly, the anatman which incarnates * NOT* reincarnates,

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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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