The Selfless Mind
Personality, Consciousness and Nirvāṇa in Early BuddhismBook - 1995
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 centered on consciousness or discernment (vinnana) configured in changing mind-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.
Publisher: Surrey : Curzon Press, 1995.
Branch Call Number: BQ4120 .H37 1995
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Personality, consciousness and nirvāṇa in early Buddhism