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In depersonalization and derealization disorders one recognizes a self that one is not, and that one believes one should be. This creates stress and anxiety, along with distortions of one's perception of reality. With anatta (no-self) one realizes that the egoic self is superficial, impermanent, and illusory, and loses one's attachment to it. This creates ...


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Very interesting question! From the link you provide: Presence of persistent/recurrent episodes of depersonalization/derealization From reading the definitions of depersonalization and derealization it does sound a lot like what you might expect from an experience of not self. Ability to distinguish between reality and dissociation during an episode (i.e. ...


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Similar to Andrei's answer I note (as fact) that it's a narration of what the Buddha thought, not what he said. Going even further I might speculate that it's similar to Mother's saying to children, "While sitting in his office, Dad thought, 'Isn't it good that the children are playing quietly, and doing their homework'" -- i.e. it's said to convey ...


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In many traditions, attainment is not regarded as a permanent mental state, but requires constant practice. This is why, for example, Dogen Zenji wrote: "we do not practice to become enlightened, we practice because we are enlightened". Before his enlightenment the Buddha spent extended periods alone in the forests: “Such was my seclusion that I ...


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Obviously that entire text was authored by someone else, speaking about the Buddha in the third person. In my understanding, the part about the Buddha leaving the quarreling Sangha is based on real events, while the thoughts going through Buddha's mind must be the author's conjecture. To be clear, I'm not saying Buddha did not leave the quarreling Sangha for ...


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All of the following quotes come from MN 44. One of the five aggregates is feeling (vedana) or sensations. It's a mental process. Perception and feeling are mental. They’re tied up with the mind, that’s why perception and feeling are mental processes.” There are 3 types of feeling. “There are three feelings: pleasant, painful, and neutral feeling.” “What ...


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