The Illusion of Self-Control

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Last night, I gave a talk on Anatta — Buddha’s teaching of no self or no soul.

Someone in the audience, a senior Buddhist, made the remark that one key meaning of Anatta is the lack of autonomy or self-control. This is true by definition. The central tenet of Buddhism is Dependent Origination (Pratītyasamutpāda). The Buddhist worldview is that everything in the universe exists due to its relationship and…