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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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Reacting to Emotions

Even in the greatest yogi,
sorrow and joy still arise just as before.

The difference between an ordinary person and the yogi is,
how they view their emotions and react to them.

An ordinary person will instinctively accept or reject them,
and so arouse the attachment or aversion that will result in the accumulation of negative karma.

A yogi, however, perceives everything that rises in its natural, pristine state,
without allowing grasping to enter his perception.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Everyday Practice

The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself.

Chogyam Trungpa

Letting Go of Suffering

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown,
they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Acceptance and Love

When we accept the way things are,
we are able to love everything and anybody.
When we are not able to accept even one thing in this world right now, then how could we ever develop boundless love?

Lack of acceptance is conflict.
Conflict is pain.
It is psychological pain.
It is a spiritual illness.

As long as our hearts are tormented by that pain,
we do not have the strength to give our heart to anything
and because of that it is impossible to bring about inner awakening.

Enlightenment, you see, is just another name for boundless love.

Anam Thubten