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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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Mindfulness

If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
all fear disappears and complete happiness comes.

All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
and all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
all of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
and by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.


Shantideva

Samsara is not any fixed place

Samsara is essentially not any fixed place or realm,
for it is any state of mind filled with attachment,
aversion and delusion.

As the enlightened have no attachment,
aversion and delusion, they are forever free of the samsaric,
and are never really “in” Samsara,
even as they “enter” Samsara to aid beings truly “in” Samsara to be free of attachment, aversion and delusion.
It is thus an error to imagine that the enlightened suffer in Samsara when they remain or return to Samsara to help relieve suffering – for, once again, Samsara is not a place.

Being enlightened is also to be free of all suffering – wherever one is.
Shian