DWQA QuestionsCategory: Religions
A practitioner asks: “As a longtime Buddhist practitioner and now a mindfulness teacher myself, I continue to struggle with trying to make sense of some of the core teachings in Buddhism. One of the three “marks of existence” that all Buddhist practices are centered around understanding through increasingly direct and deep insight/realizations on the path to enlightenment is “no self” or “not self” (annata), which includes that there is no such thing as a permanent, unchanging entity or “soul.” It is said that in his quest for enlightenment, the Buddha looked deeply for the “housebuilder,” the one behind the whole thing, this experience of “I, me, myself,” the doer, and he couldn’t find one, and found instead that all phenomena, including the experience of a fixed entity called a self or soul, were simply the result of interdependent causes and conditions coming together temporarily, including even consciousness itself, which arises temporarily to meet with sensory experiences (which includes the 6th sense of mind) and that this consciousness we experience, too, dies with the body. Of course, there is something that experiences rebirth, as Buddhism was very, very clear on that … Since the goal, enlightenment, involves the ONLY permanent death … The cessation of rebirth. One of my primary teachers stated that what gets reborn is not a “soul,” but our “habits.” I am really hoping that Creator can shed some light on these things, since the teachings of the Buddha are what I resonate with the most, and yet I am also an LHP practitioner and do believe in the divine realm and love the idea of having/being an “immortal soul.” The LHP itself I do see as basically a lovingkindness/compassion/sympathetic joy/equanimity (Divine Abodes) practice, and therefore an extension of Buddhist practice. I accept that especially because the teachings of the Buddha were not written down until hundreds of years after his death that they could have become corrupted, and that given the depth of dark manipulation on Earth they most certainly were. However, this teaching, that there is no soul, that there is no self, is basically THE most important teaching in all of Buddhism. The Suttas (sacred ancient Buddhist texts) quote the Buddha as saying, “Nothing whatsoever is to be taken as I, mine, myself. Whoever has understood this has understood all the teachings.” How are we to make sense of this?”
ClosedNicola asked 2 years ago • 
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