The Doctrine of No-Soul in Buddhism

Buddhism stands unique in the history of human thought in denying the existence of a Soul, Self or Atman. According to the teachings of the Buddha, the idea of self is an imaginary, false belief which has no corresponding reality, and it produces harmful thoughts of 'me' and 'mine', selfish desire, craving, attachment, hatred, ill-will, conceit, pride, egoism, and other defilements, impurities and problems. It is the source of all troubles in the world from personal conflicts to wars between nations. In short, to this false view can be traced all the evil in the world.

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Desire, Part 2: Is Desire a Bad Thing?

In my previous article, Desire, Part 1: The Agony of Lack, I discussed how desire often creates agony, primarily because, as I saw it at the time I originally wrote that article a year ago, desire comes from a place of feeling empty, of lacking, of feeling an emptiness that we want to fill. I would like to go much further in this article, and I will begin with a reader’s comment that got the ball rolling on the subject of desire. It sparked a mini-debate that spurred me into thinking more about it.So, let me begin with my reader’s comment:I notice that the Sedona Method, in its sidebar ad, promises that you will “have all that you desire” if you follow it.

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If You’ve Already Started the Journey…


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I heard a story a few years ago that perfectly illustrates most people's experience with the spiritual journey and personal growth.It seems a well known Tibetan Buddhist was speaking to a rather large gathering. He asked the audience at the beginning of his talk, “Who among you feel strongly that you are on a spiritual path?"

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