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Searle And Buddhism On The Mind And The Non-Self

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This chapter investigates similarities and differences between Searle and the Buddhist theories of mind and of Non-Self, beginning with an outline of the Buddhist theory of the mind and Non-Self. Being well aware of the fact that Buddhism consists of various schools and traditions, each of which can significantly diverge from each other, the chapter focuses on two of the most important schools that deal substantively with the mind and the non-self, viz. the Abhidharma and Yogācāra Schools. The chapter presents a comparison and contrast of what these schools have to say with Searle. The chapter concludes that one cannot establish whether the chain of causes and effects that constitute either the gross or the subtle levels of consciousness is either absolutely mental or physical, for the two are inextricably interlinked.

Keywords: Abhidharma; Buddhist theories; conception of mind; Dalai Lama; doctrine of Non-Self; levels of consciousness; Searle; Yogācāra



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