Charles J. Sabatino

Later Heidegger and buddhist thinking :

no-self and the inter-play of relatedness

The later thinking of Martin Heidegger has much in common with Buddhist philosophy. With his discussion of Appropriation, Heidegger seeks to interpret human existence from within the openness and interplay of the world’s relatedness. This shows an affinity with the Buddhist notions of no-self, emptiness, and contingent co-arising, which understands that ultimately there is no substantial or independently existing self. Although Heidegger does not explicitly develop an understanding of no-self, he does see subjectivity arising from an originating context of openness and belonging that is more fundamental than itself. There may also be an affinity between the Buddhist notion of Samsara and Heidegger’s description of the era of technology in terms of the danger of Gestell. Both understand authentic humanness to consist in a letting go or a releasing that returns world to the context of its own relatedness.