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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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I have never seen them satisfied

Hundreds of stupid flies gather
On a piece of rotten meat,
Enjoying, they think, a delicious feast.
This image fits with the song
Of the myriads of foolish living beings
Who seek happiness in superficial pleasures;
In countless ways they try,
Yet I have never seen them satisfied.

The XIV Dalai Lama

Conquer yourself

Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men,
is he who would conquer just one —
himself.

Better to conquer yourself than others.
When you’ve trained yourself,
living in constant self-control,
neither a deva nor gandhabba,
nor a Mara banded with Brahmas,
could turn that triumph
back into defeat.


Gautama Buddha

The joy of freedom

There is no fire like greed,
no crime like hatred,
no sorrow like separation,
no sickness like hunger of heart,
and no joy like the joy of freedom.


Dhammapada

Cling to anything

Letting go gives us freedom,
and freedom is the only condition for happiness.

If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions
– we cannot be free.


Thich Naht Hanh

Grasping

You only lose what you cling to.


Gautama Buddha

Love

Sometimes love means letting go,
when you want to hold on tighter.