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Why is "I have no self" a wrong view?

It is wrong view because of the "I" (bolded): "I have no self". This view still believes in self. It thinks: "myself has no self". This is the wrong view of the befuddled wanderer Vacchagotta in SN 44....
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Is rebirth essential to Buddhist philosophy?

From Ven. Bodhi's excellent short essay "Dhamma Without Rebirth?": The aim of the Buddhist path is liberation from suffering, and the Buddha makes it abundantly clear that the suffering from which ...
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What is the meaning of Anicca and Anatta?

It is 'anatta' that means our inability to control the five aggregate, as found in the Pali as follows, where the word 'anicca' is not found at all: Rūpaṃ, bhikkhave, anattā. Rūpañca hidaṃ, ...
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Hesitation between Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta

If you want to know the truth about reality, you have to learn how to make impartial observations of nature. When you ask questions like "Who is waking up? Who is witnessing?", you have already made ...
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Should I identify myself as formless?

I think the doctrine is saying that you shouldn't "identify yourself" at all. Quoting from this answer "You may well accept, monks, the assumption of a self-theory[27] from the acceptance of which ...
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How is it wrong to believe that a self exists, or that it doesn't?

You should not believe or hold a view that: there is a self there is no self But whatever you consider as self is not worthy of being called self as: you cannot control it to your will it is ...
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Have any Buddhist thinkers responded to the critique of the Brahma Sutras?

Here is the list of the Buddhist and Hindu Acaryas in chronological order based on their dates and who critiqued whom. Nāgārjuna(1st C.E) critiqued by Vātsyāyana (400 C.E) Vātsyāyana critiqued by ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

The question is basically, why is belief in literal rebirth (reincarnation) a problem. I won't address every OP point here, just make four theses: Rebirth is self. Self is rebirth. Whenever there is ...
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Anatta & Atman the same thing?

I have never read 'anatta' is 'pure bliss'. 'Bliss' is a feeling where as 'anatta' is a characteristic of things that is realised by wisdom. As for 'Atman', this appears to be a concept that changed ...
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How does *Buddhist* meditation differ from others and lead to awakening?

Very good question. Buddhist meditation is based on the understanding of the mechanism of arising and cessation of suffering. Suffering arises whenever there is a conflict between "is" and "should". ...
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Why is there no self in the container of the 5 aggregates?

This is the problem with mixing up ultimate reality with conventional reality. In ultimate reality, the cat does not exist. What is real is the tactile experience of the touch. That experience is an ...
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Arahants are perfect. Do they realize others are not perfect and they themselves are?

As far as I know, Arahants don't think of themselves as "selves". Instead, they tend to think in terms of qualities and their sources - i.e. "there's this wisdom, it came from study and ...
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How does Buddhism explain consciousness if there is no self?

Acts of cognition do not require a "cogniser, a subject" that knows (apart from the mind itself), because consciousness belongs to the body & mind. The original question contains an implicit ...
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Did the Buddha leave room for the possibility of a self?

Buddha did not teach that things exist (that's one extreme) or that things do not exist (that's another extreme). Buddha teaches that things exist to some extent, in some context, relative to some ...
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Is the Mind (Citta) the Self? If not, what is it?

1. If this mind is already not-Self, why it needs to be emptied and what is to be emptied? The mind is only 'not-self' from the viewpoint of enlightenment & truth. But for the unenlightened mind, ...
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Why is "I have no self" a wrong view?

"1. Why is "I have no self" a wrong view?" If the view "I have no self" arises as true & established, this view comes from the view "I have a self". Why is that so? In order for the view "I ...
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Annatta and taking responsibility

How do you take responsibility for your actions if you don't see them as your actions but just a process happening? A medical doctor has more than one medicine, for example one to make you vomit and ...
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Rebirth, nibbana, and anatta

Anatta isn't something which continues- it just refers to the lack of an inherent (non-dependent) self nature, which is true of everything, everywhere and always. Contemplating dependent origination ...
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How to stop rejecting / avoiding things?

Very good question, focused on real and useful problem. Mind generates aversion when things go contrary to what it believes is "right". This belief is called "attachment". For ...
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How is it wrong to believe that a self exists, or that it doesn't?

Buddha kept silent in response to Vacchagotta’s question because answering it in either way, it would have been misunderstood. This nature of the self is beyond the level of understanding of ...
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How is it wrong to believe that a self exists, or that it doesn't?

Adam tastes an apple. If this "taste" can be considered an ephemeral (short-lived; transitory) self, then supposing Adam sees smells touches feels nothing, only tastes the apple, there is a ...
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How is it wrong to believe that a self exists, or that it doesn't?

I'm not a Pali scholar but "wrong" sounds like a wrong translation. It is "something that leads one to suffering" to believe that the self exists, or that it doesn't? The view or belief that there ...
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Is no soul doctrine (there is no eternal soul) supported in Buddhist suttas?

You don't understand the Buddha, do you... The moment you speak of a "soul", you're done, lost your way to nirvana. Buddhism is all about "deconstructing" the -words-, thus demolishing all virtual ...
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Is the emptiness of persons an emptiness of essence or just substance?

In the Pali suttas, 'emptiness' ('sunnata') refers to emptiness of 'persons' or 'self' rather than emptiness of defining characteristics, which is why the Pali suttas state the five aggregates are ...
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Is the Mind (Citta) the Self? If not, what is it?

Is the Mind the Self? If not, what is it? It's a delusion of mind. why it needs to be emptied Because it's the cause of suffering. How does it(Mind) have the autonomy/independence to realize/...
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Can I say that this question exists but no questioner is found?

can I say that, this question exists but no questioner is found? I think that people can say anything they like: but that merely "saying" it isn't enough to make it arya or wise, useful in ...
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Can I say that this question exists but no questioner is found?

"Mere suffering exists, no sufferer is found; The deeds are, but no doer of the deeds is there; Nibbāna is, but not the man that enters it; The path is, but no traveler on it is seen." This ...
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