The Implications of Anatta

Kenneth Leong
4 min readFeb 13, 2023

One of Buddha’s key teachings is Anatta. But it is also a teaching that is not well understood. This teaching also has serious practical implications, many of which are political in nature. It has the potential of contradicting or subverting other Buddhist teachings such as karma. Buddhists debate whether Anatta should be translated as “no self” or “not self.” To many people, the translation of Anatta as “not self” is more palatable. It is…

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Kenneth Leong

Author, Zen teacher, scientific mystic, professor, photographer, philosopher, social commentator, socially engaged human