The smoky, deceptive & illusive Ego:
The idea or concept of 'Self' inherently assumes that a 'Same Constant Self':
is the 'Same' from one moment to the next. Belief in 'self' therefore
assumes that something is: 'identical' and there thus defines a core 'identity'...
This is a hidden unseen form of Eternalism to believe that something remains
the 'Same' and 'Identical' from one moment to the next! This inherently hidden
Eternalism, the 'personalists=egoists=puggalavadins'
often both overlook &/or deny!
However, the invariably observable & undeniable fact is:
Nothing whatsoever remains the same from
one moment to the next moment:
Form changes, whether own or other;
whether internal or external;
Perception changes, whether experienced by eye,
ear, nose, mouth, body or mind;
Construction changes, whether it is intention, planning, wanting or wishing;
whether visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile or mental;
In short all name-&-form, whether internal or external changes
exists thus NOTHING unchanging whatsoever!
Neither within nor apart from The 5 clusters of clinging,
Neither within nor apart from
the duality: Name-&-Form,
that ever could possibly qualify as an unchanging, same,
constant & identical self...
Since both the 5 clusters of clinging and Name-&-Form notify ALL
internal as external,
there cannot truly be said to exist any self anywhere at all...
Ego-Adornment = Self-Aggrandizement is rooted in
the deep desire to exist:
'self', 'ego', 'I', 'me' we cherish so much and love so deeply
thus appears to 'exist'
only in the conventional sense as an 'idea',
as a mental construction: A 'concept'...
This central notion nevertheless is the core of all 'egoism' and
the power to drag beings into repeated birth, death, possessiveness, conflict & war...
Nothing is thus more Dangerous than the idea of a 'Self'...
A master serial killer!
The EGO-concept - though immaterial, false and unreal - is the very core of
Self as linguistic invention... A pointer without
any reference; pointing nowhere!
pragmatically practical in daily life to operate with notions
of 'I', 'Me', 'You',
'They' etc. as if these existed as lasting entities,
yet this is only a FEATURE of the
conventional structure of LANGUAGE & not a part of the factual & actual REALITY!
In the ultimate & absolute sense, however, there exist
only ever-changing discrete
states of mentality and materiality,
arising and ceasing every moment...
Just a blinking flux...As ephemeral as smoke... Or stroboscopic light...
Ceasing in the same moment as it arised! Right there & then!
There is No Agent, but there is Activity:
is really the event of action, but no real actor; No one who acts!
occasion of feeling exists, but no feeler exists; No one who feels!
of perception occurs, but there is no perceiver; No one who perceives!
experienced phenomena IS, but no experiencer is; No one who experiences!
The Automatic Egoless Camera:
There is a camera filming, but no one who is 'behind' the camera...
There is a film projected up upon a screen, but no one who is
'inside' the cinema...
The invisible prison = EGO!
who are afraid of Nibbana, since it seems the be a loss of 'Self'
may be relieved
by understanding that one cannot loose something
that never was there, that never
really existed in the first place...Nibbana is real and exists, but no self enters it...
The Noble path is real and liberating, but no self completes it...
If one does not wish to die – again and again – one must penetrate, comprehend
relinquish this false conceptualization of 'Self=Me=I' ... Purging the
This No-self = Anatta Doctrine:
It is the core doctrine of Buddhism & the door to stream-entry!
It is particular to Buddhas and never revealed by any other!
It is liberating beyond any measure and imagination!
Keep digging. There
is nothing down or in here!
One has to see that for 'one-self'! Hehehe... ;-)
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Blissful is solitude for one who is content, learned & who sees the True Dhamma.
Blissful is harmlessness towards all beings without exception.
Blissful is freedom from any sensual urge whatsoever.
Yet, the supreme bliss, is the elimination of the abysmal conceit “I am”!'
Udana – Inspiration: II – 1
Self-Aggrandizing puffed up Ego-Assuming!
The Ego Tunnel - Prof. Dr. Thomas
Metzinger TED video:
The Conventional Concept: A Person = puggala:
Ego is an essence-empty inflatable void!
No-Self = Anatta