The Buddhist doctrine of no self is often misunderstood even by some Buddhists. People with low self esteem are known to embrace it: See, it is a good thing to have no self!
But of course the doctrine does not mean that the self does not exist. It means that the self that does exist is a transient something that never stays the same even for two consecutive moments. Therefore, there is nothing stable enough to point at and say: There it is! We cannot nail Jell-O to a tree and we cannot identify a self. It’s a moving target that can never be hit.
The Buddhist doctrine of no self also means that no independent self can stand apart from the rest of the world. We live in the net constructed by the Hindu goddess Indra where every part of the net is reflected in every other part…
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