Egolessness is the
core of Buddhism!
Question: What is the first hindrance
blocking entrance to the Noble Path leading to
Answer: This first hindrance is
Personality View (Sakkāya-ditthī):
"Permanent personality" belief,
"Same Self" as baby & old
"I am this Me" self-deceit,
"This Body is my Own" notion,
"This Body is my Self" notion,
"This Body is ME" notion,
"This Body is my Person" notion
"I have a
permanent Ego" concept
"Body is mine+own+person" view
"Feeling is mine+own+person" view
"Perception is mine+own+person" view
"Construction is mine+own+person" view
"Consciousness is mine+own+person" view
All are conjectures of the false assumption, that
these phenomena are
that can be kept
unchanging & thereby definable as the
core of a self, an identity, a soul or other metaphysical entity as an ego!
"A person" however is rather a process, a
transient flux of conditions,
continuously becoming otherwise
and something else. We are all more
from what we were 5 minutes ago,
than we are different
another person ... Never are we the same
person ... !
The false assumption: "This is Mine" is obviously rooted in desire.
false assumption: "This is Me,
I Am" is
rooted in self-deception.
The false assumption: "This is my self" is rooted in a personality view.
The always changing 'personality' is thus :
"Na ca so, na ca anno"
Neither the same,
King Milinda's Questions.
Always changing, not the same, not
identical, and thus
without any identity, yet neither another, but continuously
becoming an otherwise and different set of phenomena!
Ownerless and empty of definable sameness:
Any part of a 'person' is just a momentary mental or physical
state, that arises and ceases, and thus cannot be owned or kept
by any 'self' or 'ego'. These states arise due to conditions not
fully under 'our' control, but due to their own nature. They are
dependent on both internal and external conditions, which
cannot be controlled by any 'agent', 'ego', 'self' or 'me'!
Don't feel fear that 'you' have now lost "your self" Why not?
Because a metaphysical & imagined 'self', that was never there
in the 1st place, cannot ever be lost or anything else...
Secondly: Self-"I"-dentification with something that does not
exist, remains a falsehood, yet nevertheless 'we' love this
void and empty puppet 'me' beyond anything else... This is not a
case of the emperor's new clothes, since here the 'ego-emperor'
even there, except as an
imagined very evil concept called
The Buddha once said:
View the world as Empty...
Thus always Aware, Mogharāja
Giving up belief in any Self
One may escape Death,
since the king of Death cannot
see one with such void view.
Sutta Nipāta 1119
All phenomena are egoless, impersonal, without any self!
Is difficult to comprehend as habitually counterintuitive,
yet the most essential & unique teaching in all the Dhamma!
The best way
to comprehend No-Self (anatta) is to begin with observing
and reflecting on Impermanence
(anicca) and Suffering (dukkha).
Then eventually one comes to understand: Whatever is always
and never the same, never identical cannot ever be an identity, a
Whatever is always ultimately suffering cannot be under the control
of a self,
since if it were, then this self would by this control change it
pleasant and happy. But no self can do that, since it is not in full
If a 'self' is not in control of even itself (fully autonomic) it
cannot be a true self,
but just conditions that plays out their cause and effects...
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