Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Buddha’s Teaching on Not-Self - 109

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The Buddha’s Teaching on Not-Self

Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic

translated from the Pali by ร‘anamoli Thera


Thus I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Benares, in the Deer Park at Isipatana (the Resort of Seers). There he addressed the bhikkhus of the group of five: 

"Bhikkhus." — "Venerable sir," they replied. The Blessed One said this.


"Bhikkhus, FORM is not-self. Were form self, then this form would not ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, and one could have it of form: 'Let my form be thus, let my form be not thus.' And since form is not-self, so it leads to affliction, and none can have it of form: 'Let my form be thus, let my form be not thus.'


"Bhikkhus, FEELING is not-self...

"Bhikkhus, PERCEPTION is not-self...

"Bhikkhus, DETERMINATIONS are not-self...


"Bhikkhus, CONSCIOUSNESS is not self. Were consciousness self, then this consciousness would not lead to affliction, and one could have it of consciousness: 'Let my consciousness be thus, let my consciousness be not thus.' And since consciousness is not-self, so it leads to affliction, and none can have it of consciousness: 'Let my consciousness be thus, let my consciousness be not thus.'


"Bhikkhus, how do you conceive it: is form permanent or impermanent?" — "๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜, venerable Sir." — "Now is what is impermanent painful or pleasant?" — "๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น, venerable Sir." — "Now is what is impermanent, what is painful since ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ fit to be regarded thus: 'This is mine, this is I, this is my self'"? — "No, venerable sir."


"Is feeling permanent or impermanent?...

"Is perception permanent or impermanent?...

"Are determinations permanent or impermanent?...


"Is consciousness permanent or impermanent?" — "Impermanent, venerable sir." — "Now is what is impermanent pleasant or painful?" — "Painful, venerable sir." — "Now is what is impermanent, what is painful since subject to change, fit to be regarded thus: 'This is mine, this is I, this is my self'"? — "No, venerable sir."


"So, bhikkhus any kind of form whatever, whether past, future or presently arisen, whether gross or subtle, whether in oneself or external, whether inferior or superior, whether far or near, must with right understanding how it is, be regarded thus: 'This is not mine, this is not I, this is not myself.'


"Any kind of feeling whatever...

"Any kind of perception whatever...

"Any kind of determination whatever...


"Any kind of consciousness whatever, whether past, future or presently arisen, whether gross or subtle, whether in oneself or external, whether inferior or superior, whether far or near must, with right understanding how it is, be regarded thus: 'This is not mine, this is not I, this is not my self.'


"Bhikkhus, when a noble follower who has heard (the truth) sees thus, he finds estrangement in form, he finds estrangement in feeling, he finds estrangement in perception, he finds estrangement in determinations, he finds estrangement in consciousness.


"When he finds estrangement, passion fades out. With the fading of passion, he is liberated. When liberated, there is knowledge that he is liberated. He understands: 'Birth is exhausted, the holy life has been lived out, what can be done is done, of this there is no more beyond.'"


That is what the Blessed One said. The bhikkhus were glad, and they approved his words.


Now during this utterance, the hearts of the bhikkhus of the group of five were liberated from taints through clinging no more.


Via: https://www.facebook.com/mindfulnessmeditationcenters/posts/3731933246913768 

Original: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.059.nymo.html 


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COMMENTS: 


So, the five aggregates (body, speech & mind) are not the 'self" -- not mine, this is not I, this is not myself -- because they are subject to change, evanescent, impermanent, leading to affliction, suffering ...


What then is unconditioned / self-arisen, unchanging, permanent, eternal, not leading to affliction? What is the 'true self', our true nature, the true nature of Reality? What is the basis of our Reality?


Surely not nothingness. Right?


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Answer from Michael Gregory: "the answer is in direct experience, not in words, that is the point of not I, me, my or mine...to experientially discover what remains. ๐Ÿ™"


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Quotes

Your natural face ~ Padmasambhava

Look into the awakened mind of your own awareness! It has neither form nor color, neither center nor edge. At first, it has no origin but is empty. Next, it has no dwelling place but is empty. At the end, it has no destination but is empty. This emptiness is not made of anything and is clear and cognizant. When you see this and recognize it, you know your natural face. You understand the nature of things. You have then seen the nature of mind, resolved the basic state of reality and cut through doubts about topics of knowledge.

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– Padmasambhava

from the book "Advice from the Lotus-Born"

https://www.facebook.com/JustDharmaQuotes/photos/a.283199241781361/3279985998769322/ 

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Best Quote of the Year !!!!

"People who think that things are real (existent) are as stupid as a cow; 

people who think things are not real (non-existent) are even more stupid."

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-- Saraha

Source?: http://www.yogifilm.de/archives/portfolio/looking-for-ancient-tibet 

Via: https://www.facebook.com/LovingSangha/posts/10159035721129297 

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Just to be clear: things / phenomena / objects, beings  subjects, relations / actions -- the three spheres -- are ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. Meaning their true nature is not nothingness; but it is beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all conceptual elaborations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental) x (individual, collective, cosmic). 

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They are empty of inherent existence (2nd truth) <==> because conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances, merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised by the mind in dependence of its past / conditioning / karma (1st truth). 

The true nature of anything is indescribable, inconceivable, but our best pointer to it is the Union of the Two Truths.

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The meaning of 'no-self' is ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ.

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Like Michael said : "the answer is in direct experience, not in words, that is the point of not I, me, my or mine...to experientially discover what remains."

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