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Religion and Human Nature$
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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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Buddhism and the Self

Buddhism and the Self

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(p.76) 5 Buddhism and the Self
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Religion and Human Nature
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Keith Ward

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0005

This chapter examines the views of the self and human nature in Theravadin and Tibetan Buddhism. Both these schools deny that nirvana is sheer extinction of non-existence and they share the Advaita philosophy that the goal of human life is to obtain release from rebirth and individual existence to achieve a state that cannot be considered as either a continuance or extinction. They believe that all sentient beings can become Buddhas or enlightened beings who can help one attain nirvana.

Keywords:   Theravadin Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, human nature, self, nirvana, Buddha

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