A Buddhist Perspective On Free Will

B. Alan Wallace offers his take on the subject of Free Will (PDF).

He articulates a critical point about the age-old argument that I had been planing to make:

Normally when free will is posited somebody must have it, right? What Buddha found was a complete lack of evidence of any autonomous self that exists either among or apart from the aggregates, the components and processes of the body-mind. Nowhere in all of that mix, this nexus of causal interrelationship between the body-mind and environment, did the Buddha find any evidence for there being a separate self, something that is either to be found among the body-mind or apart from the body-mind. If there is no such independent self, then who could possibly possess a free will that operates independently of prior causes and conditions?

I think the Buddha’s finding was accurate.

This most likely concludes my posts on the topic of free will unless I find proof of an independent self.

In case it disappears, Wallace’s article is archived at natureofmind.net.