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Home FAQs Buddha's Teachings A lot of people seem to understand the teaching of non-self, but I don't. What can I do to understand this doctrine?

A lot of people seem to understand the teaching of non-self, but I don't. What can I do to understand this doctrine?

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It is not true that a lot of people understand the teaching of non-self, but it is true that a lot of people claim that they understand. This is particularly true on the Internet discussion forums, such that a lot of people seem to understand what the teaching of non-self is, but they don't.

The teaching of non-self has to be personally realized through the practice of Vipassana meditation. One may acquire an intellectual understanding of the doctrine by reading the section of Non-Self on our website. However, the actual realization is different than one can grasp through reading.

 

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" Though he is gaily decked, if he is calm, free from moral defilements, and has his senses controlled, if he is established in Magga Insight, if he is pure and has laid aside enmity ( lit., weapons ) towards all beings, he indeed is a brahmana, a samana, and a bhikkhu. "

The Dhammapada


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