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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33770

Title: ‘Asoulity’ as Translation of Anattā: Absence, not Negation
Authors: Sugunasiri, Suwanda H.J.
Keywords: Buddha
anattā
Brahmanic
anātman
ātman
asoulity
dhammā
Brahmanism
zero-seme
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies
Series/Report no.: Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies
7
Abstract: This paper seeks how best to capture in English the Buddha’s concept of anattā. First, the Brahmanic concepts of anātman and ātman are contrasted with the concepts of anattā and attā in Buddhism. Pointing out that the prefix a- in anattā is used by the Buddha in the sense of ‘absence’ rather than ‘negation’, the term ‘asoulity’ is proposed as best capturing the sense of the term, in the contexts of both sentience and dhammā (phenomena). In a theoretical thrust, distinguishing between anātman 1 and 2 in Brahmanism and attā 1 and 2 in Buddhism, a linguistic concept, zero-seme is introduced. The autonomous nervous system that responds to stimuli without an inherent centre is posited as an analogy of anattā.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33770
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