Against No-Ātman Theories of Anattā

  title={Against No-Ātman Theories of Anattā},
  author={Miri Albahari},
  journal={Asian Philosophy},
  pages={20 - 5}
Suppose we were to randomly pick out a book on Buddhism or Eastern Philosophy and turn to the section on 'no-self' (anattā). On this central teaching, we would most likely learn that the Buddha rejected the Upanisadic notion of Self (Ātman), maintaining that a person is no more than a bundle of impermanent, conditioned psycho-physical aggregates (khandhas). The rejection of Ātman is seen by many to separate the metaphysically 'extravagant' claims of Hinduism from the austere tenets of Buddhism… 
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The sutta is cited as it appears in Gethin
    Other af rmative suttas on Nibbana or the liberation of 'awareness' can be found in THANISSARO, op. cit., note 31, and LINDTNER
    • op. cit