> Dear Venerable Bhikkhus,
> We are always reminded by the Dhamma preachers that there is
no 'Self', no 'I', no 'you', etc. We heard aunthentic stories of people
remembering their previous lives. Even the Tipitaka Texts described
the previous lives of the Buddhas and Arahats as told by the
Buddhas and enlightened Ariyas. Is the concept of 'Soul' acceptable
under certain circumstances?
There is never any problem with using self in the conventional sense
as in, "By oneself is evil done, by oneself one is purified...." and so
forth. Conventional truth is not wrong, just misleading.
The Bhikkhu Sati wrongly grasped that it was consciousness that
wandered through samsara to be born here and there. He was, of
course, clinging to the view of a permanent soul or self that
transmigrated from one existence to another. This is a wrong view
according to Buddhism.
Please refer to the Culatanhasankhaya Sutta, Majjhimanikya,