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Friends:

Egolessness is the essential core of Buddhism!

Question: What is the first hindrance (samyojana=fetter=mental chain)
blocking entrance to the Noble Path leading to Nibbāna (
sotāpatti-magga)?
Answer: This first hindrance is Personality View (
Sakkāya-ditthī):

"Permanent personality" belief,
"Same Self" as baby & old person assumption,
"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
stable
entities, 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
different from what we were 5 minutes ago,
than we are different
from another person ... Never are we the same person ... !



The false assumption: "This is Mine" is obviously rooted in desire.
The false assumption: "This is Me, this 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, nor another!
Source: King Milinda's Questions. Milindapanhā.

Any "Person" is:
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'
is not
even there, except as an imagined very evil concept called
Egoism!



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

Sabbe Dhammā Anattā
All phenomena are egoless, impersonal, without any self!



Selflessness = No-Self= Anatta
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 otherwise
and never the same, never identical cannot ever be an identity, a self...
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 into something
pleasant and happy. But no self can do that, since it is not in full control.
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...

More on this baffling void core and ownerless Selflessness:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Solo_Self-Deception.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Anatta_Doctrine.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Neither_Agent_nor_Actor.htm

Look Mama: No Ego!


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