10 Facts About Anatta


Anatta is a composite Pali word consisting of an and atta.

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Anatta is synonymous with Anatman in Sanskrit Buddhist texts.

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In Buddhism-related English literature, Anatta is rendered as "not-Self", but this translation expresses an incomplete meaning, states Peter Harvey; a more complete rendering is "non-Self" because from its earliest days, Anatta doctrine denies that there is anything called a 'Self' in any person or anything else, and that a belief in 'Self' is a source of Dukkha.

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Concept of Anatta appears in numerous Sutras of the ancient Buddhist Nikaya texts.

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Anatta criticized the materialistic doctrine that denied the existence of both soul and rebirth, and thereby denied karmic moral responsibility, which he calls "natthikavada".

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Anatta doctrine is key to the concept of Nibbana in the Theravada tradition.

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Anatta has stated that not-self is merely a perception that is used to pry one away from infatuation with the concept of a self, and that once this infatuation is gone the idea of not-self must be dropped as well.

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Anatta adds that clinging to the idea that there is no self at all would actually prevent enlightenment.

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Anatta further indicates that there is no evident interest found in this sutra in the idea of Emptiness.

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Anatta symbolizes, states Miranda Shaw, that "self is an illusion" and "all beings and phenomenal appearances lack an abiding self or essence" in Vajrayana Buddhism.

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