Chapter 6 The Doctrine Of No-Soul: Anatta

Chapter 6

The Doctrine Of No-Soul: Anatta


  1. What is the non-Buddhist idea and definition of a conception called self?
  2. According to the teachings of The Buddha , what is the Buddhist thought of self?
  3. What did man create for self protection?
  4. Why did man create soul or Atman?
  5. How and why did man crate self protection and soul?
  6. Explain what the Buddha meant when he said that his teaching was ‘against the current’.
  7. The Buddha was hesitant to teach the Truth he had realized. What simile did he use to explain why he decided to teach it?
  8.  What is the Buddhist theory of relativity?
  9. What is the definition on Conditioned Genesis?

 Supplemental reading on Conditioned Genesis, Paticca-samuppada, ( Dependent Origination) : Charts and commentary on The 12 Links ,  Dependent Origination The Buddhist Law of Conditionality , Law of Dependent Origination 

This is how life arises, exists and continues. If we take this formula in it’s reverse order, we come to the cessation of the process. *Conditioned Genesis should be considered a circle and not a chain  p.54.

1. Ignorance is the condition for mental formation.
2. Mental formation is the condition for consciousness.
3. Consciousness is the condition for name and form.
4. Name and form is the condition for the six senses.
5. The six senses are the conditions for contact.
6. Contact is the condition for feeling.
7. Feeling is the condition for craving.
8. Craving is the condition for clinging.
9. Clinging is the condition for becoming.
10. Becoming is the condition for birth.
11. Birth is the condition for aging and death.
12. Aging and death is the condition for ignorance.


10. Is there “ Free Will” in Buddhist philosophy? Why or why not?

11. Those who want to find a “Self” in Buddhism argue as follows: It is true that the Buddha analyses being into matter, sensation, perception, mental formations, and consciousness, and says that none of these things is self. But he does not say that there is no self at all in man or anywhere else, apart from the aggregates. What is this position untenable?


Supplemental reading mentioned in this chapter: The Dhammapada The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom

translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita with an introduction by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi


12.  What is the definition of the term dhamma ?

13. Theravada and Mahayana agree on the teachings of no self either in the individual or in dhammas. TRUE or FALSE

Sutta mentioned: MN 22 Alagaddupama-sutta


14. What did The Buddha say to Ananda to give him consolation, courage and confidence?

15.  How does one make one’s own island or refuge?

Supplemental reading mentioned in this chapter: The Way of Mindfulness The Satipatthana Sutta and Its Commentary by Soma Thera


16.  According to the Buddha there are four ways of treating questions? What are the four ways and why does the Buddha answer questions in these different ways?

17.  According to the Buddha’s teaching, what are the two wrong opinions to hold of ‘the self’ and why?

18.  What is the correct position to take with regard to Anatta?

19.  Explain or put into your own words why The Buddha said “ I have taught you , O bhikkhus, to see conditionality everywhere in all things.”

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