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2022, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part A

Anatta to Śūnyatā


Author(s): Satyendra Kumar Pandey

Abstract: The long history of Buddhism is a brilliant authoritative witness of gradual trend of change that took place in the dissemination and development of Buddhism. The doctrine of Anatta (no-soul) is one of such concepts, which in course of time resulted into the concept of Śūnyatā (emptiness). The concept of Anatta rejects the then prevalent theory that there exists a permanent soul (atta/ātmā), the essential factor for the existence of a human being, and it transmigrates from one body to other, when the body decays. In course of time this very concept of anatta developed gradually into the concept of Śūnyatā, as propounded by Nāgārjuna. From the perusal of the texts, throw light on the this development, it could be marked that from Buddha to Nāgārjuna, it developed gradually in five stages – the views of Buddha, the Sarvāstivāda, the Mahāsāṅghika, the Prajñāpāramitā and Nāgārjuna. To highlight these aspects the present paper, entitled “Anatta to Śūnyatā” aims to delineate the concept of Anatta and its gradual development into Śūnyatā, adopting the research methodology of literary analysis.

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How to cite this article:
Satyendra Kumar Pandey. Anatta to Śūnyatā. Int J Multidiscip Trends 2022;4(1):17-20.
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Trends