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Friday, May 3, 2013

No more Self.....

No More Self - A Buddhist Perspective by Ven.Yen Pei

by Patrick Lee Song Juan (Notes) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:54am




Everyone of us has a self-concept. People attach great importance to the "self" and develop egoism. This results in antagonism among people. Some thinkers who hold the self view encourage people to have self-recognition, as well as mutual respect for one another. (My Take: which is never wrong in the mundane world of human idiosyncrasies) !

However, from the Buddhist perspective, the endless problem in this world cannot be solved if we acknowledge the existence of "self" This is because once we attach importance to the "self", we will tend towards self-inflation and self-augmentation. In this way, we will easily offend people or create unhappiness for them.

Human life is a combination of various causes and conditions. It is not a real, substantial "self", Buddha told us that the human life is merely a false "self". The two main constituents of human life form are mind and matter. In the absence of any of these, the human life form cannot come into existence. If the "self" really exists, then is the mind the "self" or is matter the "self"?

If the mind is the "self", then there is no need for the matter, if matter is the "self", then there is no need for the mind. In reality, the mind and matter of human life form cannot be separated. Since the human life form is a combination of various causes and conditions, how could the "self" exist.... So denial of "self" is the key to resolving problems.......Venerable Yen Pei..

 Reproduced in part by patrick lee song juan