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How the Buddha talked about “Not-self”

§ 128. “Form, monks, is not-self. If form were the self, this form would not lend itself to dis-ease. It would be possible (to say) with regard to form, ‘Let my form be thus. Let my form not be thus.’ But precisely because form is not-self, this form lends itself to dis-ease. And it is […]

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Some thoughts on talent, success, failure and compassion for ourselves

The ego has many traps, but one of the worst is self-identification with one’s talent. If one self-identifies with one’s artistic or creative talent, this inevitably leads to suffering as the ego’s unquenchable needs and desires can never be satisfied by that talent. Indeed, the world is filled with “hungry ghosts” whose attachment to their […]

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The Buddha on the Importance of Abandoning All Self Views

Who am I? What am I?  How am I?  We’ve all asked these questions.  Throughout history, people have asked these questions, and come up with countless answers and religions and philosophies to answer them.  Just who or what is this “self” we all have to deal with? Interestingly, the Buddha does not offer a final […]

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