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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

Paperback Published: 28th September 1995
ISBN: 9780700703388
Number Of Pages: 304

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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: 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.

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Introductionp. 1
Key non-Buddhist conceptsp. 1
Key Buddhist conceptsp. 2
'Not-Self' and scholarsp. 7
Sourcesp. 9
Methodologyp. 11
Exploring the Notion of Selflessness
The Question of Selfp. 17
The Meaning of 'Not-Self'p. 43
Developing a Self Without Boundariesp. 54
Personal Continuity and Responsibilityp. 64
My World and Its Endp. 78
The Life-Principle and the Between-Lives Statep. 89
Samsaric and Nibbanic Discernmentp. 109
The Centrality of Discernmentp. 111
Discernment and Conditioned Arisingp. 122
Discernment and the Perceptual Processp. 138
Bhavanga and the Brightly Shining Mindp. 155
Nibbana as the Timeless 'Stopping' of the Entire Personalityp. 180
Nibbana as a Transformed State of Discernmentp. 198
Seeking the Tathagatap. 227
Conclusionp. 246
Appendix: The Theory of the Process of Cittasp. 252
Notesp. 259
Abbreviationsp. 274
Bibliographyp. 277
Index and glossaryp. 282
Chartsp. 146
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780700703388
ISBN-10: 0700703381
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th September 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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