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The Curse of the SelfSelf-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life$
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Mark R. Leary

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172423.001.0001

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Religion and Morality

Religion and Morality

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(p.146) 7 Religion and Morality
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The Curse of the Self
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Mark R. Leary

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172423.003.0007

Most spiritual traditions explicitly teach that the self impedes spiritual attainment because it interferes with spiritual insight and leads to selfish, immoral behavior. This chapter examines the insights of major religious traditions regarding the self, along with their distinctive prescriptions for minimizing the detrimental influences of the self. Cultures differ greatly in how they view the self — for example, as something to be strengthened versus obliterated — and religious and spiritual traditions play an important role in a culture's perspective on the nature of self. The views of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Hinduism, and indigenous religions will be discussed, with an emphasis on mysticism and the role of meditation in quieting the self.

Keywords:   self-awareness, self and sin, Buddhism, Zen, mysticism, meditation

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