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Book: What the Buddha Thought

Chapter: What Did the Buddha Mean by ´No Soul´?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.19101


Introductions to the Buddhaís thought usually begin by highlighting two of his ideas: the First Noble Truth, that ´everything is suffering´; and the teaching of No Soul or No Self. So far I have devoted only a few short sentences in the Introduction to those ideas. There I showed that in my view the key to the Buddhaís thought is the doctrine of karma and the idea that we are all responsible for ourselves ñ an idea that has an important metaphysical aspect but is above all an ethical principle.

Chapter Contributors

  • Richard Gombrich ( - book-auth-480) 'Oxford University'