anatta

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From Pali, from Sanskrit अनात्मन्(anātman, no soul), from an- + atman(soul).

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anatta ‎(uncountable)

  1. (Buddhism) The idea that there is no separate self or soul; egolessness. One of the three marks of existence.
    • 2009, Karen Armstrong, The Case for God, Vintage 2010, p. 33:
      The texts indicate that when the Buddha's first disciples heard about anatta, their hearts were filled with joy and they immediately experienced Nirvana.

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