The Self Impact Self Esteem And Self Image

1148 WordsSep 25, 20175 Pages
Self is described as a person 's essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action. From a psychological viewpoint, the concept of the self impacts self-esteem and self-image. But happens to that definition when we look at it from a religious aspect? In Buddhism and Hinduism, although there are many similarities, there are also key differences in the fundamentals of their teachings and texts, such as the Bhagavad-Gita and the Vimalakirti, regarding the concept of the self in the cosmological, social, and theological aspects of each religion. The self in Hinduism is referred to as atman. In the Bhagavad-Gita it says, “Weapons do not cut it, fire does not burn it,…show more content…
Unlike Hinduism, Buddhism does not believe in the notion of the self, referred to as anatman. Buddhist believe that anatman, impermanence, and suffering are the three characteristics of all existence. In the teachings of Buddha, it states that everything is impermanent. “All conditioned things are impermanent, all conditioned things are suffering,” (The Dhammapada, v.277-279). Reality is in a constant state of change and once we learn to become detached from this reality, we no longer experience suffering. Everything is tied to the idea that there is a voidness in which there in nothing to compare to one another, yet everything is tied together through this concept of baselessness. “Unreal construction is the root of desire. What is the root of unreal construction? The false concept is the root of unreal construction. What is the root of the false concept? Baselessness. What is the root of baselessness? Manjusri, when something is baseless, how can it have any root? Therefore, all things stand on the root which is baseless.” (Vil. p.58) In this quote it is explained that everything in our reality is tied the concept of baselessness and through that lies the root of all desire which is the reason for all suffering and pain. The term Buddha has a literal meaning of enlightened one. By practicing these ideologies, Buddhist follow the “Middle Way” to reach enlightenment. “The Buddhas are neither past, nor present, nor future. Their enlightenment
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