not-self

A Quote by Nagarjuna on buddhism, emptiness, anatta, and not-self

My acts are irrevocable
Because they have no essence...
Where are the doers of deeds
Absent among their conditions?
Imagine a magician
Who creates a creature
Who creates other creatures.
Acts I perform are creatures
Who create others.

Nagarjuna (c.100 - 200 AD)

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A Quote by Dan Lusthaus on anxiety, buddhism, ego, anatta, not-self, and self-deception

According to Buddhism, the deepest, most pernicious erroneous view held by sentient beings is the view that a permanent, eternal, immutable, independent self exists.  There is not such self, and deep down we know that.  This makes us anxious, since it entails that no self or identity endures forever.  In order to assuage that anxiety, we attempt to construct a self, to fill the anxious void, to do something enduring.  The projection of cognitive objects for appropriation is consciousness's main tool for this construction.  If I own things (ideas, theories, identities, material objects), then "I am."  If there are permanent objects that I can possess, then I too must be permanent.  If I can be identified with something permanent, the I too must have a permanent identity.  To undermine this desperate and erroneous appropriative grasping, Yogacara texts say: Negate the object , and the self is also negated.

Dan Lusthaus

Source: Buddhist Phenomeonlogy: 538-539

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on buddhism, not-self, and anatta

Emperor Wu of Liang asked the great master Bodhidharma, "What is the highest meaning of the holy truths?"
Bodhidharma said, "Empty, without holiness."
The Emperor said, "Who is facing me?"
Bodhidharma replied, "I don't know."
-- Blue Cliff Record

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: Buddhism without Beliefs, Pages: ix

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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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