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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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Enlightenment

Enlightenment for Gautama Buddha felt as though a prison,
which had confined him for thousands of lifetimes had broken open.

Ignorance had been the jailkeeper.
Because of ignorance, his mind had been obscured,
just like the moon and stars hidden by the storm clouds.
Clouded by endless waves of deluded thoughts,
the mind had falsely divided reality into subject and object,
self and others,
existence and non-existence,
birth and death
and from these discrimination’s arose wrong views
—the prisons of feelings, craving, grasping, and becoming.
The suffering of birth, old age, sickness, and death only made the prison walls thicker.
The only thing to do was to seize the jailkeeper and see his true face.

The jailkeeper was ignorance. . . .
Once the jailkeeper was gone, the jail would disappear and never be rebuilt again.


Thich Nhat Hanh

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