Modern psychology encourages us to have a healthy sense of self, but Buddhism teaches that the self doesn’t even exist. Barry Magid says there’s no conflict.
The three marks of existence—impermanence, suffering, and no self—are the Buddha’s basic description of reality.
Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that by looking deeply we develop insight into impermanence and no self. These are the keys to the door of reality.
I was born male, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m actually a transgender woman. As a Buddhist, I feel conflicted by the teachings on no-self.
While women may feel constrained by Buddhist institutions, the dharma itself poses no such limitations, says Joan Sutherland.
The teachers look at the possible contradiction between the concept of “no-self” and the idea of rebirth.
While insight into the truth of no-self, is an important step, says the Dalai Lama, it doesn’t go far enough.
For the meditator who sees things as they really are, explains the late Mahasi Sayadaw, there is no “I” or “being”—only mental and physical phenomena coming together in the present moment.
From the impermanent to the heroic to the sacred—The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on how the view of body changes and evolves in the three vehicles of Buddhism.
Once you understand, through study, what the Buddha is saying about his own awakening, you are already within the fiery process of the path.