By James Duerlinger
During this e-book, Vasubandhu's vintage paintings Refutation of the idea of a Self is translated and supplied with an advent and statement. the interpretation, the 1st right into a smooth Western language from the Sanskrit textual content, is meant to be used via those that desire to start a cautious philosophical examine of Indian Buddhist theories of people. distinctive positive factors of the advent and remark are their vast causes of the arguments for the theories of individuals of Vasubandhu and the Pudgalavâdines, the Buddhist philosophers whose idea is the imperative goal of Vasubandhu's refutation of the speculation of a self.
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Included in the causal basis of the conception of ourselves, depending upon the context in which we refer to our selves, are ( 1 ) all of the aggregates present at the moment we are refer ring to o urselves, ( 2 ) these same aggregates, along with previous aggregates in the causal continuum of aggregates of which the present aggregates are a part, and ( 3 ) these same aggregates, along with future aggregates in the causal continuum of aggregates of which the present aggregates are a part. So the causal basis of the conception of myself when I say, "I am writing this sentence, " includes all of my present aggregates, the causal basis when I say, "I wrote this sentence yesterday, " includes both all of my present aggregates plus the aggregates in dependence upon which I referred to myself yesterday, and the causal basis when I say, "I will write another sentence tomorrow, " includes both all of my present aggregates plus the aggregates in dependence upon which I will refer to myself tomorrow.
The aggregates in these collections, he assumes, exist in a beginningless causal continu um perpetuated by the mistaken view of a self. When we conceive ourselves, who are wholes of parts, he believes, we falsely appear to ourselves to be wholes that are identifiable indepen dently of our parts and our parts falsely appear to be identifiable in depen dence upon the wholes of which they are parts. As a result of assenting to the first false appearance we acquire the false idea of " I, " and as a result of assenting to the second false appearance, we acquire the false idea of "mine .
60 According to the orthodox Vaibha�ika schools, what we normally call bodies are collections of elements that are " substantially real" ( dravyasat) . There are two sorts of elements of bodies; those that are themselves " substance s " (drauya-s ) , which always exist together i n differently configured insepar able combinations, and the combinations themselves, of which it is s aid that they cannot be physically or mentally broken down into their constituent substances. In all bodies other than the sense-organs, the most basic configuration of inseparable elements is that s ome, the " primary elements " ( mahabhilta-s ) , provide an underlying support (asraya ) for others, called the " secondary elements " ( bhautika-s ) .
Indian Buddhist Theories of Persons: Vasubandhu's "Refutation of the Theory of a Self" by James Duerlinger