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The Five Aggregates: Understanding Theravada Psychology and Soteriology

  title={The Five Aggregates: Understanding Theravada Psychology and Soteriology},
  author={Mathieu Boisvert},
If Buddhism denies a permanent self, how does it perceive identity? According to Buddhist texts, the entire universe, including the individual, is made up of different phenomena, which Buddhism classifies into different categories: what we conventionally call a "person" can be understood in terms of five aggregates, the sum of which must not be taken for a permanent entity, since beings are nothing but an amalgam of ever-changing phenomena. Although the aggregates are only a "convenient fiction… Expand

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