Buddhist self-immolation is once again in the news.

But here’s the paradox of it…

Buddhist doctrine of Anatta says: “there is no self; self is an illusion.”

If there is no self, there is nothing to sacrifice.

Thus, self-immolation is not a self-sacrifice (because there is no self to begin with).

Thus, the idea of a self-sacrifice is an illusion even if an act of self-immolation is reality.

Life is a burn of dialectic contradiction, one way or another.

Metabolically, existentially, politically.





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    Last reviewed: 11 Dec 2012

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). Paradox of Buddhist Self-Immolation. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2012/12/paradox-of-buddhist-self-immolation/


Select books by Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.:
Mindful Emotional Eating Reinventing the Meal
Present Perfect
Eating the Moment

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