A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on bernadette roberts, no-self, christianity, buddhism, and contemplative

God not only took away what the Buddhists call the “five-skhandas” (bundle of self-experiences), but took with it their Empty (Divine) Center—both God and self, gone in one fell swoop. I have it from a renowned Zen Buddhist teacher that this is not what Buddhists mean by no-self, and that nowhere in Buddhism will anyone find a report of no-skhandas. So to say what I mean by No-Self is the same as what the Buddhists mean, is absolutely false. 

Bernadette Roberts

Source: "A Reply to James Arraj's Comments on Bernadette Roberts" at

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A Quote by Douglas R. Hofstadter on self, ego, and no-self

We create an image of who we are inside our self. The image then becomes very deeply entrenched, and it becomes the thing that we attribute responsibility to - we say "I", "I" did this because "I" wanted to, because "I" am a good person or because "I" am a bad person. The loop is the fact that we represent our selves, our desires, hopes, dreads and dreams: it is the way in which we conceive of ourselves, rather than the way we conceive of Mount Everest or of a tree. And I say it exists entirely in the loop: the self is an hallucination hallucinated by an hallucination.

Douglas R. Hofstadter (1945 -)


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A Quote by David Loy on ethics, buddhism, bodhisattvas, nondual, anatta, self, and no-self

When I discover that i am you - that I am the trace of your traces - the ethical problem of how to relate to you is transformed. Loss of self-preoccupation entails the ability to response to others without an ulterior motive that needs to gain something, material or symbolic, from that encounter. Of course, the danger of abuse remains, if my nondual experience is not deep enough to root out those dualistic tendencies that incline me to manipulate others. As long as there is sense of self, therefore, there will be a need to inculcate morality, just as infants need training wheels on their bicycles. In Buddhism, however, ethical principles approximate the way of relating to others that nondual experience reveals; as in Christianity, I should love neighbor as myself - in this case because the neighbor is myself. This makes ethical responsibility for Buddhism not the means to salvation but natural to the expression of genuine enlightenment. It is what might be called the "nonmoral morality" of the Bodhisattva, who, having nothing to gain or lost - because he or she has no self to do the gaining or losting - is devoted to the welfare of others. The Bodhisattva knows that no one is fully saved until everyone is save. When I am the universe, to help others is to help myself. To become enlightened is to forget one's own dukkha, only to wake up in - or rather at one with - a world of dukkha. The career of the Bodhisattva is helping others, not because one ought to, for traditionally the Bodhisattva is not bound by dogma or morality, because one is the situation and through oneself that situation draws forth a response to meet its needs.

David Loy

Source: The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory, Pages: 184..185

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A Quote by Maitreya on buddha nature, self, sacred, and no-self

When the fabrications of self and no-self are completely pacified,

There is the sacred self.


Source: Uttaratantra Shastra

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A Quote by David Hume on self, no-self, and anatta

For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on
some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain  
or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can
observe any thing but the perception

David Hume (1711 - 1776)

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on subjectivity, no-self, and anatta

The 'subject' is not something given, it is something added and invented and projected behind what there is.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: The Will to Power (Vintage)

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A Quote by James Hughes on transhumanism, buddhism, and no-self

Buddhism is a faith tradition and set of spiritual practices whose core idea is that human beings can become more than human by application of mental technology and self-discipline. As such it is probably the most compatible of the older faiths with transhumanism. But it is also quite
challenging for many transhumanists in its insistence that there is no discrete, continuous ego that could be protected and perpetuated. Many of the immortalists, for instance, find that a threatening idea, but I think we will increasingly see the truth of the emptiness of the self as
we apply neurotechnologies and life extension.

James Hughes


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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on no-self and self

Subhuti, you must not think that the Tathagata entertains the notion 'I wil bring all living beings to the shore of awakening.' Why? Becuase in  reality there are no beings who can be liberated by the Tathagata. To entertaing the notion that thre are beings who can be liberated would be to partake in the idea of a self. a person, a being and a living soul.  The Tathagata has taught that one must not seize upon these notions, and yet foolish common people have seized upon them.  Subhuti, though the Tathagata use the words 'foolish common people,'  in reality there are no such people.  Such is merely a name.  That is why they are called foolish common people.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World, Pages: 152

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A Quote by Robert Adams on ego, self, self enquiry, i-thought, anatta, not-self, and no-self

I keep calling it the I-thought. It's a thought. There is no I. This
gives you a clue.

Robert Adams

Source: Silence Of The Heart, Pages: 74

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