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According to Buddhism , who achieves Nirvana? [duplicate]

All phenomenon are nonself then who achieves the Nirvana?
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Why is “I have no self” a wrong view?

In the Sabbasava Sutta (MN2), the view that "I have no self" is listed as one of the six wrong views and one who holds this view will not be freed from suffering. Questions: Why is "I have no self" ...
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If there is no Self , what Self is there to be affected by the karma which non-Self now performs?

If there is no Self , then what Self is there to be affected by the karma which the non-Self now performs? EDIT: A similar question I guess was asked in Samyutta Nikaya and Buddha replied as follows :...
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Why is Buddha needed?

In order to attain Nirvana one must be able to understand that his or her self is an illusion , error or is like a dream. This understanding doesn't come naturally. Naturally one finds that there is ...
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Can I say that this question exists but no questioner is found?

Anatta is beautifully described here. The following quote sums up the idea of no self: "Mere suffering exists, no sufferer is found; The deeds are, but no doer of the deeds is there; Nibbāna is, ...
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Does Dogen's wholehearted way say anything about the status of memory?

Seems to me that memory is notoriously fallible, whatever we think about the nature of the self. I have a copy, but rather than reread it, I thought to ask, whether Dogen's wholehearted way, or right ...
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Did Buddha ever think about himself?

After attaining Nibbana, Buddha had realized that there is no self. However due to practical difficulties of communication, he had to use personal pronouns like 'I' , 'me' , 'myself' many times during ...
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Did I exist ? Am I existing or Will I exist?

In Potthapada Sutta Buddha asks Citta similar question. "Suppose they were to ask you: 'Did you exist in the past? Did you not not exist? Will you exist in the future? Will you not not exist? Do ...
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Is society the follower of Mara?

In day to day interaction, people treat me as if I exist. They say "'Dheeraj' would you like to see a movie?" They say "'Dheeraj' you are married." They say, "Would you like to eat spicy food or ...
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What is meant by “Practice the truth thy brother is same as thou”?

We are different. Our upbringing is different.Our sanskaras are different. We are made up of sanskaras therefore every self must be different. Yet Buddha says Practice the truth that thy brother is ...
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Who remembers the Buddha?

Buddha is eternal. His knowledge is eternal. His experience is eternal. His fruits of actions are eternal. And we know that past Knowledge , past experience ,past actions are remembered by Self. So my ...
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Continuity of memories as a proof of the existence of self [closed]

Buddhism denies existence of any Self.But I think I can prove the existence of Self as fundamental by the logic of continuity of memories. I define Self as someone who remembers the past essence. ...
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Has anyone read Nagarjuna as claiming only that an effect is never its cause?

Has anyone read Nagarjuna as claiming only that an effect can never be conceived of as its cause? I'm asking because it would neatly fit my own views on how to understand science, as well as I think ...
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Nothing i seem to have flipped the switch by getting rid of everything

I feel pulled to the belief i was a monk before. My first life. And other things are happening to me. Is there anyone who will listen rather than attack? Try to understand rather than condemn? In ...
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What is the consequence to living life with self realism behavior?

It is very typical to live life with self realism behavior and aware every time with our daily routine. When i sit and think about my past life i just found, there was a time which has been gone and ...
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What is the Buddhist text quoted by the Hindu philosopher Yogaraja?

Kashmiri Shaivism is a sect of Hinduism that used to be popular in the Kashmir region of India. Now this excerpt from the Paramarthasara Vivriti, a work by the 11th century Kashmiri Shaivite ...
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Did the Buddha ever delve on the dangers of one's own spirtual achievements feeding the ego?

This question came up when I really thought back on both my and many others' spiritual journey. In the New Age community, especially, the sense of viewing things as illusions and making progress in ...
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What does “Nothing like anything” mean according to Buddism?

I heard "Nothing like anything" from many people. I think a lot over it and finally i got it like "Tyag se he mukti milte h" and i feel it with my self yes tyag se he mulki milte h but i could not get ...
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What is the way to motivate myself for Vipasana meditation Practice daily?

I am a college student and practice of Vipasana from last year but sometimes I feel laziness and during meditation I feel uncomfortable and I leave meditation at that time.I want to ask, what is way ...
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Buddhism vs Advaita Vedanta

I understand that Advaita practitioners believe that we have an eternal self (consciousness) that is one with everything but that we are under an illusion that we are separate and through ...
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What is awareness?

I understand that there is no self; yet there seems to be a never changing deeply seated, unfindable awareness attached to a human body that observes the sensations that arise and pass away. This ...
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What is the Buddhist definition of “Atta”?

There are many discussions about Anatta or Not-Self in Buddhist communities, but the definition of Atta or self is uncommon and not clear. People often misunderstand or superficially translate it, ...
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Is there any volition or will that I can manage or control?

In Buddha's teachings, all mind-related entities are "not-self" i.e.: uncontrollable (opposite of controllable = when I want it I can make it happen, I can turn it on and off as I desire) ...
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what is the difference between Ego and self respect?

What is the explanation of Ahankaara(Ego) & Swabhimaan(Self Respect) as per Buddhism ? Is there any way something in a way so that one keeps his self respect without showing Ego ?
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Did the Buddha leave room for the possibility of a self?

Did the Buddha teach that a self or soul (whether permanent and fixed or impermanent and changing) cannot be found, did he teach that it cannot exist, or what?
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Do (any) Mahayana Buddhists teach subjectivity?

I don't think "self" is the right term in English for the sort of quality I want to ask about. So, regardless of its ontological status, or that of what it relates to (objects), do (any) Mahayana ...
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If there is no “I”, who or what is controlling my animalistic urges?

All sorts of impulses and urges in human and other beings are invoked by nature in order to sustain life. In my way of thinking, it is a rational "I" who attempts to control reacting to these impulses ...
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How to handle contrition

I've hurt a beloved one a lot. I've done something which is unforgivable to this person and the contrition is eating me up. Contrition is, of course, a essential part in learning and preventing ...
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Can anyone identify which suttas these quotes (having to do with the sense of self) come from?

This document contains instructions for ridding the sense of a personal self. I was wondering which suttas (or other texts) the quotes at the end come from: “By rightly understanding ‘I am,’ one ...
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How is it wrong to believe that a self exists, or that it doesn't?

the one place where the Buddha was asked point-blank whether or not there was a self, he refused to answer. When later asked why, he said that to hold either that there is a self or that there is ...
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Problem solving attitude

While I could clearly improve my awareness and intuition through meditation, I want to improve my problem solving skills, not giving up attitude, analytical skills and interpersonal skills. Can ...
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Buddhists are rather serious people, won’t wear make-up and never have any fun [closed]

People tend to think that the disciples of the Supreme Buddha take life seriously. I feel that there is a grain of truth to this. Is this observation of others true? If so to what degree? I’m in ...
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What happens when your tank is empty, and you’ve got nothing left to give?

Today I happen to read the article “Charitable giving by country: who is the most generous?” Then this question came up. When it comes to generosity, sometimes people look at what they’ve got and ...
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Is it not conceit when you compare yourself to other people?

Are we not thinking of ourselves as either you're better than they are, or equal to them, or worse that they are?
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What does Buddhism say about success?

I grew up in a western country raised in a western atmosphere with a western mentality. I'm talking things like the pyramid of needs and how apparently self-gratification and personal success are the ...
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If there's no “self” then why should I care about the future lives and nirvana?

English is my second language. If there's no "self', and "I am" is just a "flow" or "mix" of information (dharma, karma, etc.); and if, when I die, "I" (body, illusory self, soul) will die but this ...
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self esteem and the need to feel proud of ourselves

When I see my direction of motivation towards working or relationships or for that matter even meditation is the want to feel proud of myself. Why do we need to feel proud of ourselves? Can we ...
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Need advice on how to handle my emotions

Tell you the truth, I joined Buddhism in search of peace and harmony. Not because I have mental issues. It is about admitting what I see and feel. I am not that much aware of stuff, but sometimes I ...
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watching myself everywhere?

During meditation sessions, morning 4 to 5, I have started watching myself everywhere. I didn't experienced it before. The garden where I am used to take a morning walk after meditation, there I saw ...
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Ultimate existence and the self in Mahayana

I was reading the SEP article on the two truths According to the abhidharmakosa: An entity, the cognition of which does not arise when it is destroyed and, mentally divided, is conventionally ...
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Is the path considered or viewed as being selfish?

As i learn more about the path and as a result about myself, i cannot wonder if it selfish or self-preserving. I have a greater appreciation that all is connected and inter-related however it ...
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Was the 'I' gone (for a moment)?

Can someone explain to me this phenomenon that has happened to me? I am not a serious Buddhist practitioner. I used to do mindfulness practice daily (20–30 min on 90% of days), just observing ...
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Why talk and think about self as noun?

We always talk and think about self as a noun. When reading Buddhist philosophy, I have never seen exceptions to this. Both "common sense looking" and "metaphysical looking" is looking for the self. ...
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What advice should i give for a person with self destructive thoughts?

If someone is really depressed and having self destructive thoughts and behavior what can i do to help such a person? Is there a good meditation for such a one? What kind of advice will it be best ...
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If there is no soul or self, why did the Buddha speak of his past lives?

How is it possible that he had past lives and how did he know they were his? What defines them as his?
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Notions of self in religions that blend Buddhism and Hinduism

I read in Peter Harvey's book an Introduction to Buddhism that there was a syncretistic religion in Bali that was a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism. He didn't give many details as it was a very minor ...
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If there is no self how can Nirvana be described as bliss?

I've heard Nirvana described as a state of bliss, but if there is no self then how can it be described as bliss when nobody is there to experience it?
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Is there a distinction between “ego identity” and “craving/hating”?

I'm confused. What is the distinction between craving/hating (desire/aversion) and "ego"? I am inclined to believe that ego, i.e. one's false sense of an independent separate eternal self, learns and ...
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Does each person have a particular True Nature, according to Buddhism?

I know that there is what is described as universal True Nature - aspects common to everyone. I know about Karma, which can be seen as how beings have tendencies even from birth (which otherwise has ...
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Reconciliation of Past Sins

If a person has murdered someone: ie. A fellow human being (eg. By directly attacking someone; or by indirect attack- by speech/action ; or by other means such as abortion) , what methods are ...