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Name Professor Subject Date 1. The Buddhist doctrine of "no-self" (anatman) is about man’s thought processes in which the Skandhas, or the five aggregates: the form, which includes the five physical organs (eye, ear, nose, tongue, body), and the corresponding physical objects of the sense organs which are the sight, sound, smell, taste and tangible objects; the sensation consisting of pleasant, unpleasant and indifferent; perception or recognition, mental formations or the response to perception and consciousness or awareness.


This continuous cycle, in which there is no permanence; from the body which undergoes physical changes such as growth and aging, to the smooth flow of thoughts: from feeling, to perception, to mental formation up to consciousness and back is the foundation of the “self” and thus this idea of “self” is just an illusion borne out of the continuous workings of the skandhas. Even all that is happening around us and the world itself is impersonal and was not constructed and based on and around the idea of the “self”. The concept of no self is illustrated by the chariot. It is simply the sum of its constituent parts, the wheels, etc. As compared to human beings who have will, it is simply the sum of the five aggregates or the skandhas. Although individuals bear a name, in the ultimate there is no self or essence corresponding to it. The chariot can also be compared to the ocean. When we say the word ocean, we think of the fish, the plants and other aggregates that constitute a whole. But if we only think of the fish, or the plants, we surely will not think of the ocean. It is but a term we use for its totality (Warren, 1968). 2. ...
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