- Jun 1, 2003Hi Christine,
> "How are we toand 'the
> live an 'examined life if there is no-self, no-control?'
> Even 'listening to the true dhamma, reflecting ... discussing with
> Admirable friends ... and practising in accordance with the true
> Dhamma, seems to imply 'someone' who can have 'some control'
> ability to choose, plan and do' to some extent."--------------
I appreciate your concern but, unfortunately, I don't
think we can allow you even that!
I'm thinking of the marionette metaphor which explains
that dhammas create the impression of having interest (concern),
but really there is no interest there -- all dhammas are
impersonal -- without self -- anatta.
So, there is no control over, and no interest in, whether
we are going to sit on a cushion or whether we will plan,
arrange, attend Dhamma discussions -- or whether we will
go to the pub. There is an overwhelming impression of
interest but that's as far as it goes. Sorry :-)
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