Tag Archives: not-self

The Buddha’s Self Check-How Are You Doing?

The passage below from the Samyutta Nikaya is one of my favorites from the Buddha, because every time I enter deep concentration in meditation, the truth of what he says is demonstrated to me again and again. Every time you see that any form, feeling, perception, fabrication, even consciousness itself, is not yours—is not who […]

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The Buddha on Not Chasing the Past or Placing Expectations on the Future

The Blessed One said: One would not chase after the past,
 or place expectations on the future. What is past
 is left behind.
 The future 
is as yet un-reached. Whatever quality is present 
one clearly sees right there,
 right there. Unvanquished, unshaken, 
that’s how one develops the mind. Ardently doing one’s duty today,
 for — who knows? — […]

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The Karma of Not-self (audio)

Here’s another skillful teaching from Thanissaro Bhikkhu on how to use the idea of “not-self” skillfully. The teaching on “not-self” is some esoteric, metaphysical idea that we think about. It’s an immensely practical teaching that helps us look at how our thoughts and actions create a sense of self that determines our happiness or our […]

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The Problem of Egolessness

Today’s post is an essay by Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the issue of how Buddhism looks at the Western idea of the ego.  Specifically, it addresses the issue of whether Buddhism as taught by the historical Buddha teaches “egolessness” and total rejection of the ego. These questions are not merely of theoretical interest.  They relate to […]

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No-self or Not-self? No worries, just practice!

When I first began studying Buddhism, I used to tie myself up in knots trying to figure of what the Buddha meant by “not self.” On one level it seemed to contradict everything I knew about the life and the nature of being. On another level, I felt the Buddha was getting at something profound. […]

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