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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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" Having killed mother (i.e., Craving), father (i.e., Conceit), and the two kings (i.e., Eternity-belief and Annihilation-belief), and having destroyed the kingdom (i.e., the sense bases and sense objects) together with its revenue officer (i.e., attachment), the brahmana (i.e., the arahat) goes free from dukkha. "

The Dhammapada


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