To study the Way is to study the Self. To study the Self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe. — Dōgen Zenji

The Buddha taught about not-self, or selflessness, but would not answer the question of whether there is or isn’t a self. This question was one he explicitly put aside. He did this because he was only interested in teaching how to put an end to suffering. Whether there was or was not a self was distracting and could actually become another concept or idea to cling to.  And what is the way to end suffering?  By ending clinging.

How can the teaching of not-or non-self bring an end to suffering or at least lead us in the right direction?

How can we redefine ourselves and the world (awakening to change) and accept life’s transitions? How does our work, our culture, and our experience shape our view of ourselves?

Maybe it’s better to investigate this rather than take it as dogma…you have everything at your disposal to do this.

How do we study the self?

“There is no self.”

 

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