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The Meaning of Anatta

By Tate, Ajahn, Venerable

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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: The Meaning of Anatta  
Author: Tate, Ajahn, Venerable
Language: English
Subject: Religion, Buddhism, Buddhism and literature
Collections: BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network
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Excerpt: Anything fashioned by conditions, whether physical or mental, is called a Sankhara. All Sankharas are unsteady and inconstant (anicca) because they are continually moving and changing about. All Sankharas are incapable of maintaining a lasting oneness: This is why they are said to be stressful (dukkha). No Sankharas lie under anyone?s control. They keep changing continually, and no one can prevent them from doing so, which is why they are said to be not-self (anatta). All things, whether mental or physical, if they have these characteristics by nature, are said to be not-self. Even the quality of deathlessness - which is a quality or phenomenon free from fashioning conditions, and which is the only thing in a state of lasting oneness - is also said to be not-self, because it lies above and beyond everything else. No one can think it or pull it under his or her control. Only those of right view, whose conduct lies within the factors of the path, can enter in to see this natural quality and remove their attachments to all things - including their attachment to the agent which goes about knowing those things. In the end, their is no agent attaining or getting anything. However natural phenomena behave, that is how they simply keep on behaving at all times.


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