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The Importance of ‘Self’ in Buddhism

Lecture by Leslie Kawamura

Video Version

Dr. Kawamura begins his lecture by reiterating the usual understanding of anatman (no-self) — that a “self” does not exist. But if a self does not exist, then there would be little or no need to be concerned or involved in the Buddha-Dharma (teachings of the Buddha). What does it mean to say “no-self” in Buddhism? In his lecture Dr. Kawamura will approach this issue from a purely Mahayana perspective and discuss both Madhyamaka and Yogacara systems.

Originally recorded Spring 2007, © Leslie Kawamura

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