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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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" Knowing that this body is (fragile) like an earthen jar, making one's mind secure like a fortified town, one should fight Mara with the weapon of knowledge. (After defeating Mara ) one should still continue to guard one's mind, and feel no attachment to that which has been gained (i.e., jhana ecstasy and serenity gained through meditation). "

The Dhammapada


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