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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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When a fish swims, it swims on and on, and there is no end to the water.
When a bird flies, it flies on and on, and there is no end to the sky.
There was never a fish that swam out of the water or a bird that flew out of the sky.
When they need just a little water or sky, they use just a little; when they need a lot, they use a lot.
Thus, they use all of it in every moment, and in every place they have perfect freedom.

Yet if there were a bird that first wanted to examine the size of the sky, or a fish that first wanted to examine the extent of the water, and then tried to fly or swim, it would never find its way.

When we find where we are at this moment, then practice follows
and this is the realization of the truth.
For the place, the way, is neither large nor small, neither self nor other.
It has never existed before, and it is not coming into existence now.
It simply is as it is.


From Yô Kôshû in Shôbôgenzô

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