The Changing Self Can Not Be Denied

992 WordsJul 8, 20164 Pages
The changing self can not be denied One of the central belief of Buddhist is the denial of the self. In particular, Buddhism criticizes the idea that “an individual atman is an assumption of an unchanging and constant serf that somehow underlies and is the basis for the variety of changing experiences.” (Gethin 1998, 141) In fact, any individual, no matter its matter of life, is just a particular pattern of a series of casual connectedness. That is a very convincing idea since it is clear that our cognition of the world and view of life will change when we encounter different experiences. Nevertheless, this changing self is still something unique and can not be denied. Although death is not the end and the series of clusters of events that form us will reconfigure to a new pattern according to Buddhist theory, the previous individual will never reappear and we can not regain some most important aspects of that vanished self . Furthermore, without some forms of self-awareness and self desire, people will lose their motivations to move forward and make progress. According to Steven Collins, Buddhism denies the notion of self in three different arguments. First of all, it criticize the early Upanisadic characterizations of self as the “inner controller”. Buddhism text states that “if we have the control of any of the five aggregates, why will it lead us to sickness or unhappiness.”(Gethin 1998, 137) Consequently, it is ridiculous to treat things that we
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