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When there is no self, who or what will exert a conscious effort to reach nirvana?

According to Theravadic Buddhism there’s no self. Self is an emergent illusion of a collection of smaller entities ( citta, chaithasika etc), in the same way, the physical body is an emergent result ...
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How does one reconcile anatta with locus-of-control?

Specifically, I mean this meaning of locus-of-control The way I see it, if one doesn't have a strong internal locus of control, it becomes very hard to go through daily life, since you keep ...
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Is there a possibility of a *real* temporary self?

It can be understood that the self is not some real permanent thing, but I wish to know whether we can find a real temporary self? We can define a temporary self, which lasts for some small duration, ...
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Is Shakyamuni Buddha Siddhartha Gautama?

This is very similar to Did Siddhartha Gautama achieve Nirvana? It is also kinda separate/different, and since I have not "realised all phenomena are non-self" I might ask my own question, ...
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if the self is an illusion what is the point of self respect?

I am trying my best to digest the concept of the non-self but each time it hits a fundumental question, that i can't stop thinking of. If the self is an illusion, what is the point of self awerness ...
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What is the difference between Theravada "papanca" with regard to objects and Mahayana "selflessness of phenomena"?

In a previous question I asked whether the Theravada posits the selflessness of phenomena? Where the best answer I understood to essentially state that it does not. At least, it did sound like there ...
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Non-Self vs. depersonalization disorder

After quite some time of daily meditation, I feel less like having a real separate, permanent self (specific details see below, but it's a general question), which, in my opinion, could be regarded as ...
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Is the self like a rainbow and is it just as real? [closed]

No one can deny that a rainbow is as real as the term can be defined in any meaningful way. You can point to it so that others can see it and you can even photograph it. If a rainbow was a mind ...
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What is the (middle length) sutta, where Buddha exposes a monk, who has an ignorant view of non-self?

In one sutta a monk was teaching, that there's something that is behind our existence, that is permanent (opposite of non-self). Buddha asked for this explicitely, got confirmed, and corrected the ...
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