Re: [Buddhism_101] question about no self and samsara and nirvana
- Hi, another question:
Maybe it's a better thing to "not know"... to coin a phrase from Zen... what the answer is to questions like mine below....It just occured to me when reading it online. For instance, I wrote: "But still the guy even refused to believe
he was holding the wrong idea..." about that student of the Buddha who was in err.
So, maybe if I get a concept too soon of how it all works....I'll cling onto these ideas and instead of helping liberate myself, I'll actually be getting more tangled?
Just a thought
Steve Serfass <steveserfass@...> wrote:
Hi, Steve again...
What or "who" exactly is it that finally reaches Nirvana, and
also of that same being or part of a being, gets reborn into the next
If there is no me, I, mine...if consciousness is not me, I, mine...
If the body is not me, I, mine....
If feeling is not me, I, mine...
If not perception, or mental processes either.....what is left? What
part of ME.......goes from life to life? Until finally disolves into
I'm trying to find a story I read, in which the Buddha had a student
who thought he understood what the Buddha said about consiousness but
this guy believed that the Buddha's consciousness from 2 of his past
lives..something about an elephant king.....that it was that
consciousness of the Buddha that became enlightened.....and the monks
all tried to convince this guy he was wrong....and even the Buddha
told him like "hey..I never taught you that I taought you that
consciousness is not self" But still the guy even refused to believe
he was holding the wrong idea...
I can't find that story now...but anyway that was the beginning of me
thinking about okay then what part of a me/self/I continues? When we
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