Science can be called Dhammaniyama as per the following answer to a question.

Can I say Dhammaniyama Anatta ? And what does it mean and why ?


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Dhammaniyama Anatta is correct, as in "the laws of nature are not self and are empty of a self."

Anatta Dhammaniyama is also correct, as in "all phenomena is not self and empty of a self, is a universal law of nature".


Anatta is Dhammaniyama per AN 3.136.

Whether Realized Ones arise or not, this law of nature persists, this regularity of natural principles, this invariance of natural principles:

Uppādā vā, bhikkhave, tathāgatānaṁ anuppādā vā tathāgatānaṁ ṭhitāva sā dhātu dhammaṭṭhitatā dhammaniyāmatā.

all things are not-self.

Sabbe dhammā anattā.

A Realized One understands this and comprehends it,

Taṁ tathāgato abhisambujjhati abhisameti.

then he explains, teaches, asserts, establishes, clarifies, analyzes, and reveals it:

Abhisambujjhitvā abhisametvā ācikkhati deseti paññāpeti paṭṭhapeti vivarati vibhajati uttānīkaroti:

‘All things are not-self.’”

‘sabbe dhammā anattā’”ti.

It means according to Nature (rather than according to subjective personal opinion) all things are not-self.

It means Thanissaro who said "not-self is a strategy" was wrong.

It means those who insist Buddhism is phenomenology rather than ontology are wrong.

It means those solipsists who believe nothing can exist outside of experience/mind are wrong.

It means those who believe the Buddha taught a middle-way between self & not-self are wrong.

It means most internet Buddhists have wrong view.

  • Could you provide an example of those who believe the Buddha taught a middle-way between self & not-self?
    – user13375
    Oct 24, 2023 at 12:56

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