I was just reading a book review of TNH's "The heart of the buddha's teachings" on Amazon and a reviewer said that the idea of Annata or no self is false and that
TNH is incorrect by mentioning it in his book. So do buddhists believe in an individual's soul or self? If not what gets reincarnated? Thanks and Namaste, Dan
Hey Annata doesnt mean (no self or no soul) it means Not self,or Not the self, Not a self.
Commonly used to state the 5 aggregates are(Not the self)
As for a soul thats commonly refered to as a jiva
Also a funny note the Buddha NEVER said there was no soul,he stated in the Majjhima Nikaya the soul is neither in the body nor outside the body(for which he chose to not answer)
So not answering the question concering the jiva(soul) doesnt mean one doesnt exist.
as far as "self" is concerned
The false self is the 5 skandalas/aggregates
The eternal,bliss,pure,True Self is the Tathagatagarbha(Buddha Nature)
Check out the Mahaparanirvana sutra,queen srimala sutra,Tathagatagarbha sutra,Lankavatara sutra,Surangama sutra ect...