The Atman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism – Kamaleswar Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

There is a Sanskrit specialist, Kamaleswar Bhattacharya, who notes that the Buddha never said that there is no self – only that the 5 skandhas (your body with its mental and physical processes – which are transient and subject to pain and suffering) are not self:

The Buddha did not say, “There is no atman.”

He simply said, in speaking of the skandha/khandhas, ephemeral and painful, which constitute the psycho-physical being of a man:

n’etam mama, n’eso ‘ham asmi, na m’eso atta

This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my atman.

The Atman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism – Kamaleswar Bhattacharya, Ph.D. p6

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