The doctor officially changed his name to Anatta
Nergui by Deed Poll on August 3, 2009.
Given Buddhism's numerous tropes touching on empty reality--sunyata, anatta
, anicca, yathabhuta, tathata, nirvana, dependent origination, a finger pointing to the moon, discarding the raft, dismounting the donkey, killing the Buddha, and so on--this resistance is darkly ironic.
Johnston embraces and defends the Buddhist notion of anatta
: there is no separate, substantial self.
This mixture of non-theism and theism, of no fixed reference point (Buddha's anatta
) and a soul, will be seriously challenged in a few short years under Tibetan lama Chogyam Trungpa's tutelage.
(no-self) (Skt., anatman), and paticca-samuppdda
Psychiatrist Shehzad Javed, now known as Anatta
Nergui, shocked his secretary when he phoned to say: "Tell whoever needs to know that Shehzad Javed has died in peace."
This is the fact of egolessness (anatta
), or the lack of an eternal, unchanging, and independent self.
One night, while I was standing under the stars on a grassy hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, "I" simply disappeared into it - anatta
, "no self."
Lectures: Scheduled only 2 morning sessions with the following topics: The lineage of the Buddha, the Buddha's biography, the formation of the Sanghas, emergence of the bhikkhuni sangha, the Buddha's teachings, Nirvana, Anatta
, the Eight Fold path, the Three Characteristics, Various Buddhist schools, etc.
All expressions were accepted and the group members are Julie Whiting (National Library), Anatta
Abrahams (State Library of NSW), Carmel Denholm (State Library of Tasmania), Lisa McIntosh (University of Western Sydney), Dorota Pudlowski (La Trobe University), Bemal Rajapatirana (Libraries Australia) and Libraries Australia group convenor Rob Walls.
For Buddhists, the three marks of existence (the trilakshana) are dukkha, anicca, and anatta
. Dukkha refers to the cluster of circumstances, from the profound to the trivial, that make us unhappy with our lot, it is the raging fire of our discontentment, our dis-satisfaction, our dis-ease with the way things are.