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81 Finally, when I use “he” and “him” to refer to a person I do so without prejudice. g. using “she,” “she/he,” or even “it”) seem to me either not to solve the problem or to be too awkward. ” I will discuss only their interpretations of the selflessness of persons thesis, since they are the proper analogs of the selflessness thesis as it is interpreted by Vasubandhu and the Pudgalavådins. There are two interpretations of the selflessness of persons thesis accepted in all of the Indian Buddhist philosophical schools.

Mit⁄yanikåya ¡åstra and the Tridharmaka ¡åstra, and from the claims made on their behalf in the treatises critical of their theory. The simplest and, for this reason, the most plausible reconstruction of their view is that persons are conventional realities insofar as they exist in dependence upon being conceived on the basis of collections of aggregates. In the Såm. mit⁄yanikåya ¡åstra two different ways in which phenomena are conceived in dependence upon a basis are presented. They may be conceived in dependence upon a basis in the way milk is conceived in dependence upon its elements or in the way fire is conceived in dependence upon fuel.

So the causal basis of the conception of myself when I say, “I am writing this sentence,” includes all of my present aggregates, the causal basis when I say, “I wrote this sentence yesterday,” includes both all of my present aggregates plus the aggregates in dependence upon which I referred to myself yesterday, and the causal basis when I say, “I will write another sentence tomorrow,” includes both all of my present aggregates plus the aggregates in dependence upon which I will refer to myself tomorrow.

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