Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self
Anatta is the Buddhist teaching on the nonexistence of a permanent, independent self. It’s a notoriously puzzling and elusive concept, usually leading to such questions as, “If I don’t have a self, who’s reading this sentence?” It’s not that there’s no self there, says Rodney Smith. It’s just that the self that is reading this sentence is a configuration of elements that a...more
Most people find the insights that everything is ultimately impermanent and unsatisfactory simple to comprehend (just think about the last week). But the third insight—"not-self"—is difficult to get aho ...more
“This author is a master,” I said. “He really knows how to convey the concept of enlightenment with words.”
My husband replied, “Oh, so he really spoke to your experience.”
Just like that, my whole experience of the book became cheapened, as I realized what I’d said was just my opinion, and just because I say something is “the best” doesn’t mean it is true.
I must admit though, the author does ...more
The fundamental principle we must remember when traversing a spiritual path is that “we” don't “have” a mind. The mind has created the sense of *you* and *me* from the way it perceives reality. -- From chapter 1.
The Buddhist teaching of anatta (no self) is one of the 3 marks of existence, along with impermanence and suffering (dissatisfaction). I've found it very hard to understand. Few of the popular Buddhist writers in the west whom I've read treat the subject in depth. I've found that Thich N ...more
Basically, it answers questions like...."how can I be present NOW, but still plan for the future...."