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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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How does an enlightened mind distinguish itself from all other phenomena?

How does an enlightened mind distinguish itself from all other phenomena? There is one such person amidst a crowd of other people. Somebody shouts their name, and they say, "yes, that is I. I am ...
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Is the Buddhist path one of 'selfless offering' or 'inner kindness'?

Just expanding on this answer is the Buddhist path one of 'selfless offering of oneself and efforts' or of 'inner kindness' i.e. kindness to oneself. Or is it both or neither. I've come across both ...
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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 this just a logic or experience about mind(reality)?

While doing self enquiry kind of meditation(also doing vipassana) there is feel of understanding/experience/logic that make myself convinced(but not strongly) that "me" is not the thoughts or the body ...
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Buddha's self-declaration without identity view and without conceit

In this question, the OP asked: In the context of the four stages of enlightenment would it be right to say that, without identity-view, there's no such thing as an "enlightened person": ...
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How do Buddhists reconcile "Anatta" with Buddha supporting the existence of the Self in the Mahayana Mahaparininirvana Sutra?

In the third chapter of the Mahayana Mahaparininirvana Sutra, Buddha calls the Self real and permanent: Then the Buddha said to all the bhiksus: "Do not say this. I now leave all the unsurpassed ...
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How does craving cause self-identity or self-habit?

From craving, there arises clinging, then from clinging, there arises existence or becoming, and then from becoming, we get the birth of the self-identity or self-habit. But how does craving really ...
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Do Buddhists claim that if there was a self it could not be annihilated?

Do Buddhists claim that if there was a self it could not be annihilated? I dimly remember reading this, but no argument or anything like that.
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Buddhists advise against "me and mine" does that include times?

Buddhists advise against "me and mine" does that include times? Do Buddhists really talk about "my" future past and present? If so, what are the nature of those times? Specifically: will "my" ...
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Unconscious Grasping to a Self

In daily life, I guess my self-grasping is not very salient; people tell me I'm considerate, open. However, I've written stories in the past, and in my fiction I project these fantasies that are ...
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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 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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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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A view of the self

I have often wondered about one particular riddle regarding the stages of the path. If Sakkāyadiṭṭhi, a view of the self, is one of the first fetters conquered at stream- entry, why is it that Māna, ...
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Should I address myself as I/my or you/your to remind myself of non-self?

A friend asked this mind-bending question on social media: when you’re talking to yourself in your head (or out loud) do you refer to yourself as we, I, you, or they/she/he/other pronoun? This got ...
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How many times has someone taken birth into samsara?

According to dependent origination I took birth (i.e I came into existence) due to ignorance. My questions are :how many times it has happened that someone has taken birth into this samsara? Since ...
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As a Buddhist, how shall we make sense of the notion that there is no such thing as a Soul?

The three marks of existence is: Impermanence, Suffering, and No-Self. If there is no-self, then there is no Soul. Our cognitive abilities is the result of the physical (Brain organ) and the non-...
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What is the meaning of the word Uncreate?

This link mentions that there is an existence of uncreate state of self(opposite of created state of self..correct me if I am wrong..). The man who is without blind faith, who knows the Uncreated, ...
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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 happens to grasping at 'self' after termination of life?

Please answer these two questions: 1a. Suppose there is an ignorant person named X who is grasping to the aggregates as 'self' (let's call this just 'grasping'). Suppose X's material body is being ...
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Are there any attempts to prove the eternal blissful etc. self?

The mahaparinirvana sutra seems to claim that there is an eternal blissful and pure self 'Self' appears in the positive very many times in that sutra, e.g. here (Chapter 33) ,,, Knowledge ["jnana"]...
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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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Are there any comparative studies done between Ashtavakra Gita and Buddhim?

I have been in search of a higher truth as far as I remember, like a stargazer looking for the brighter one and dropping the dimmer. I started from Christianity or generally from the Abrahamic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Understanding non-self, life and rebirth

Blessings to all, I have had a difficult time trying to understand what it means by "non-self". I am certainly no expert in Buddhism but I was wondering if this life we have is just some subset of ...
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Meditate about friend's death

Someone I know is dying. If its death doesn't affect me much (Sadness, remorse...), I feel meditating about its condition as my own could be very beneficial. But if its not taking advantage of him, ...
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Self like a diamond

I read a parable once, a long time ago: The Buddha meets someone else, some kind of yogi, who is maybe a supernatural being or has supernatural powers. They have a duel, involving swords. The yogi is ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

In a nutshell, the Buddha's teaching is: self-views ("I have a self" and/or "I have no self") must be avoided craving is a precondition for suffering, thus we must train ourselves to gain control ...
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The idea of “self” in Buddhism

How does Buddhism define “self?” I read in some book that Buddha would avoid such questions, but I wonder why.
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Does self end after death?

Does self end after death? Please note: In my question »death« means: the physical processes of brokenness, graying, wrinkling, break up of the aggregates, casting off of the body, interruption in ...
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If the self is scientifically measured, what is the Buddhist view on this?

The concept of self is important in social psychology: self-concept, self-esteem, self-control, self-awareness, etc. As a science, these concepts are measured under scientific methods, and there are ...
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Is the conventional self "conventional" in the same way as dharmas are?

Is the conventional self "conventional" in the same way as dharmas are? So if the conventionality of dharmas means that they arise and disappear each moment, or that they don't exist from ...
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Is this concept of Non-self correct?

** I was trying to figure out the meaning of Non-self one day and stumbled upon this idea. Please bear with me as this is a bit long... ** There are four great elements which are responsible for all ...
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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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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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There is a conventional self, so is anything conventionally permanent?

There is a conventional self, so is anything conventionally permanent? Answer from any reputable tradition.
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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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Seeing there is no subject experiencing subject and object?

I'm energetically trying to uproot the view of self, meaning, the sense that there is a subject of experience. I have read/heard authors such as Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein say that the self as a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...