The Truth of No-Self–A Key to Realizing True Happiness
Posted by George Shears | Filed under Mindfulness Meditation
Each of the following three bulleted links below will take you to an excerpt from (or related to) Bodhipaksa’s wonderful new book, “Living Like a River.” Together, they elucidate beautifully the truth of “no self” (“anatta”), which was taught by the Buddha as one of the three basic “marks of existence.” The other two of these three basic truths are: Impermanence (“anicca”) and suffering or unsatisfactoriness (“dukkha”).
Here are the three nuggets of wisdom generously offered by Bodhipaksa from his book in elucidating the truth of no-self.
Understanding this truth fully and deeply and then learning to live in accordance with it is truly a wise way to happiness. I strongly encourage you, then, to give yourself a life-enhancing gift by taking a few minutes to read these three excerpts.
The exceptionally powerful method that the Buddha discovered to gain full experiential recognition of the truth of no-self, as well as of impermanence and suffering, is a particular kind of meditation called “mindfulness.”
The free audios that you can access in the link below provide an in depth experiential introduction to mindfulness.
By clicking on the following link, you can get a FREE self-guided program in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, including 6 audios in mp3 format.
- Mindfulness as a Master Skill--Part II, Sensory Clarity
- Bodhipaksa Offers Five Ways to Increase Your Joy
- Mindfulness as a Powerful Way to Reduce Suffering and Increase Fulfillment
- The Empathic Civilization--How to Increase our Happiness through Relationships
- Being Happy as a Profound Form of Altruism
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According to the teachings of The Buddha, the greatest happiness is attained through awakening fully through meditation to our timeless essence, the Unborn, which is completely unstained and uncorrupted by the “burden of existence.”
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