By M. Albahari
We spend our lives conserving an elusive self - yet does the self truly exist? Drawing on literature from Western philosophy, neuroscience and Buddhism (interpreted), the writer argues that there's no self. The self - as unified proprietor and philosopher of concepts - is an phantasm created via levels. A tier of certainly unified cognizance (notably absent in ordinary bundle-theory bills) merges with a tier of desire-driven strategies and feelings to yield the influence of a self. So whereas the self, if actual, may imagine up the options, the ideas, in truth, imagine up the self.
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Extra info for Analytical Buddhism: The Two-tiered Illusion of Self
Ha¯ is necessary for the arising of dukkha¯. ha¯ (according to Buddhism) could be at the root of the mental dukkha¯ that is behind all unpleasant emotions. ha¯ is also implicated in physical dukkha¯. Suppose I bang my ankle on the furniture, causing a stab of physical pain. While I might be blamed for being careless, it is not obvious where emotional investment comes into the story. ha¯ to be deemed necessary for the pain of physical injury, disease, old age, sickness and death, once we factor out the mental suffering?
However far complication goes, that is how far the six contact media go. With the remainderless fading & stopping of the six contact-media, there comes to be the stopping, the allaying of complication. 174)2 So are we complicating non-complication by attempting the kind of analysis that is proposed in this chapter? To some degree it will engender proliferation that would be discouraged by those on the Buddhist path. Yet there are mitigating factors. First, the goal here is overtly philosophical; I am not purporting to expound Buddhism in any ‘spiritual’ sense.
The instructed noble disciple understands this as it really is; therefore for him there is mental development. (AN I. 49–52)6 This sutta suggests that the mind freed from defilements – the mind of the Arahant – is naturally or intrinsically ‘luminous’.
Analytical Buddhism: The Two-tiered Illusion of Self by M. Albahari