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The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism Peter Harvey

The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism

Peter Harvey

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ISBN : 9781136783296
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304 pages
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This careful analysis of early Buddhist thought opens out a perspective in which no permanent Self is accepted, but a rich analysis of changing and potent mental processes is developed. It explores issues relating to the not-Self teaching:MoreThis careful analysis of early Buddhist thought opens out a perspective in which no permanent Self is accepted, but a rich analysis of changing and potent mental processes is developed. It explores issues relating to the not-Self teaching: self-development, moral responsibility, the between-lives period, and the undetermined questions on the world, on the life principle and on the liberated one after death. It examines the person as a flowing continuity centred on consciousness or discernment (vinnana) configured in changing minds-sets (cittas). The resting state of this is seen as brightly shining - like the Buddha nature of Mahayana thought - so as to represent the potential for Nirvana. Nirvana is then shown to be a state in which consciousness transcends all objects, and thus participates in a timeless, unconditioned realm.