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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

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

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

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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