Single Idea 23058

[catalogued under 29. Religion / C. Spiritual Disciplines / 3. Buddhism]

Full Idea

Buddhism says nothing of any divine mind and rejects any idea of the soul. The world consists of processes and events. The human sense of self is an illusion; freedom is found in ridding oneself of this illusion.

Gist of Idea

Buddhism has no divinity or souls, and the aim is to lose the illusion of a self


John Gray (Seven Types of Atheism [2018], Intro)

Book Reference

Gray,John: 'Seven Types of Atheism' [Penguin 2019], p.6

A Reaction

I'm not clear why shaking off the illusion of a self is a superior state. Freedom to do what? Presumably nothing at all, since there is no self to desire anything.