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.
The four noble truths tell us that to be happy we must first discover the causes of our unhappiness. This is the approach of the renowned French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, who says that genuine happiness is only possible after we understand the fundamental mistake that is the root of our suffering.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche looks at the late Chögyam Trungpa’s unique and uncompromsing presentation of Buddhism’s basic principles.
Sylvia Boorstein looks at the paradoxes and subtleties in the central Buddhist concept of no-self.
Once you understand, through study, what the Buddha is saying about his own awakening, you are already within the fiery process of the path.
In the fourth and final post in his series on the Buddhist concept of “self,” Dr. Reginald Ray talks about how we maintain our “self” and therefore suffer.
Doesn’t the idea of reincarnation imply that there is a thing or self that can be referred to as existing, which passes from one life to the next?
In the third in a four-part series by Dr. Reginald Ray on the “self” in Buddhism, he explores how we create the storyline of “self” and how to deconstruct it.
“As we learn to abide peacefully,” says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, “we become familiar with a healthy sense of self. Like the Buddha, we become strong, caring, clear-minded individuals in harmony with ourselves and our environment.”
In this second in a 4-part series on the “self” in Buddhism, Dr. Reginald Ray explains that the “self,” though a fiction, is a response to naked fear.