Buddhist Theology comprises a series of essays by scholars of Buddhism Buddhologists working within American academia.
The contact between these bases leads to a perceptual event as explained in Buddhist texts: Therefore, perception for the Buddhists is not just based on the senses but also on our desires, interests and concepts and hence it is in a way unrealistic and misleading.
This psycho-physical process is further linked with psychological craving, manas conceit and ditthi dogmas, views. One of the most problematic views according to the Buddha, is the notion of a permanent and solid Self or 'pure ego'.
This is because in early Buddhist psychology, there is no fixed self atta; Sanskrit atman but the delusion of self and clinging to a self concept affects all one's behaviors and leads to suffering. False belief and attachment to an abiding ego-entity is at the root of most negative emotions.
The psychologist Daniel Goleman states: The notion of an "empty self" posits that there is no "CEO of the mind," but rather something like committees constantly vying for power. In this view, the "self" is not a stable, enduring entity in control, but rather a mirage of the mind—not actually real, but merely seemingly so.
While that notion seems contrary to our own everyday experience, it actually describes the deconstruction of self that cognitive neuroscience finds as it dissects the mind most famously, Marvin Minsky 's "society of mind".
So the Buddhist model of the self may turn out to fit the data far better than the notions that have dominated Psychological thinking for the last century. Nama refers to the non-physical elements and rupa to the physical components. According to Padmasiri de Silva, "The mental and physical constitutents form one complex, and there is a mutual dependency of the mind on the body and of the body on the mind.
In the suttas, human beings are said to be motivated by craving tanhaliterally 'thirst' of three types: Bhava tanha - craving for survival or continued existence, also includes hunger and sleep as well as desire for power, wealth and fame.
Vibhava tanha - craving for annihilation, non-existence, also associated with aggression and violence towards oneself and others  These three basic drives have been compared to the Freudian drive theory of libido, ego, and thanatos respectively de Silva, The arousal of these three cravings is derived from pleasant or unpleasant feelings vedanareactions to sense impressions with positive or negative hedonic tone.
Cravings condition clinging or obsession upadana to sense impressions, leading to a vicious cycle of further craving and striving, which is ultimately unsatisfactory and stressful. The suttas also enumerate three "unwholesome roots" akusala mulas of suffering, negative emotions and behavior: Feeling or affective reaction vedana is also at the source of the emotions and it is categorized in various ways; as physical or mental, as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral; and as rooted in the different senses.
Out of these basic immediate reactions as well as our situational context, conceptualization and personal history arise more complex emotionssuch as fear, hatred, hope or despair.
The Buddhist theory of emotions also highlights the ethical and spiritual importance of positive emotions such as compassion and friendliness as antidotes for negative emotions and as vehicles for self development. According to Padmasiri de Silva, in the early Buddhist texts emotions can be divided into four groups: The term " fetter " is also associated with the latent tendencies.
A later Theravada text, the Abhidhammattha-sangaha 11thth century says: Another set of mental factors which are unconscious and influence one's behavior are termed the asavas Sanskrit asrava, "influx, canker, inflows".
These factors are said to "intoxicate" and "bemuddle" the mind. The Buddha taught that one had to remove them from the mind through practice in order to reach liberation.
The asavas are said to arise from different factors: This theory was incorporated into a wider Yogacara theory of the Eight Consciousnesses and is also held in Tibetan Buddhism.
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