Tuesday, June 28

The Not-Self Strategy

In this morning's email, the reading in "Daily Words of the Buddha" was an important verse from the Dhammapada:

"Impermanent are all compounded things."
When one perceives this with true insight,
then one becomes detached from suffering;
this is the path of purification.

--Dhammapada 277


Wanting to read this in context, I went to Access to Insight and read Ven. Thanissaro's translation of verses 277-279.

When you see with discernment,
'All fabrications are inconstant'
you grow disenchanted with stress.
This is the path
to purity.
When you see with discernment,
'All fabrications are stressful'
you grow disenchanted with stress.
This is the path
to purity.
When you see with discernment,
'All phenomena are not-self'
you grow disenchanted with stress.
This is the path
to purity.


The footnote led me to a re-reading of Ven. Thanissaro's article,
The Not-Self Strategy, which I first read a long time ago, but which I'm finding very valuable to read again.

For further reading it may also be worthwhile to re-visit Ven. Thanissaro's article, "No-self or Not-self."

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