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Friday, October 11, 2019

No Self

Buddha's teaching put the emphasis on selflessness because even Buddhism is not a special culture or heritage. It is a part of Indian thought. And so before Buddhism there must be some similar teaching or some opposite teaching which form a pair of opposites with Buddhism. As you see in the Upanishads there are many similar teachings based on selflessness. Why he put the emphasis on selflessness is because people at that time had great difficulty because of a strong idea of self. -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC