Be Mindful Today #17 The Illusion of Self

If there’s any single part of Buddhism that baffles people it’s the concept of “No-self”, the belief that existentially we have no separate, permanent, identifiable self. Ask yourself this, “who is that person looking out into the world from behind those eyes?”

“Only Buddhists have been absolutely clear in asserting that spiritual life consists in overcoming the illusion of the self by paying close attention to our experience in the present moment.”

Sam Harris, philosopher and neuroscientist.

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3 replies

  1. We just watched a program on NOVA about that enigmatic number — Zero — and how the idea of a symbol to represent “nothing” arose out of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophies of “nothingness,” as in emptying the self. And then your post arrived today. Coincidence?

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