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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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Give up all forms of evil

The Buddha taught us to give up all forms of evil and cultivate virtue.
This is the right path.

Teaching in this way is like the Buddha picking us up and placing us at the beginning of the path. Having reached the path, whether we walk along it or not is up to us. The Buddha’s job is finished right there. He shows the way, that which is right and that which is not right. This much is enough, the rest is up to us.

First you understand the Dhamma with your thoughts. If you begin to understand it, you will practice it. And if you practice it, you will begin to see it. And when you see it, you are the Dhamma, and you have the joy of the Buddha.

It’s like a child who is learning to write. At first he doesn’t write nicely — big, long loops and squiggles — he writes like a child. After a while the writing improves through practice. Practicing the Dhamma is like this. At first you are awkward…sometimes calm, sometimes not, you don’t really know what’s what. Some people get discouraged. Don’t slacken off! You must persevere with the practice.

Live with effort, just like the schoolboy: as he gets older he writes better and better. From writing badly he grows to write beautifully,
all because of the practice from childhood.


Ajahn Chah

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