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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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" Him I call a brahmana who, having traversed this dangerous swamp (of passion), this difficult road (of moral defilements), the ocean of life (samsara), and the darkness of ignorance (moha), and having crossed the fourfold Flood has reached the other shore (Nibbana), who practises Tranquillity and Insight Meditation is free from craving and from doubt, who clings to nothing and remains in perfect peace. "

The Dhammapada


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