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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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What is this mind?

What is this mind?
Who is hearing these sounds?

Do not mistake any state for
but continue to ask yourself even more intensely,
what is it that hears?

Bassui Tokushō

Self-awareness will disappear

At work, at rest, never stop trying to realize who it is that hears.
Even though your questioning becomes almost unconscious,
you won’t find the one who hears,
and all your efforts will come to naught.

Yet sounds can be heard, so question yourself to an even profounder level.
At last every vestige of self-awareness will disappear and you will feel like a cloudless sky.

Within yourself you will find no “I,” nor will you discover anyone who hears.
This Mind is like the void, yet it hasn’t a single spot that can be called empty.

This state is often mistaken for Self-realization.
But continue to ask yourself even more intensely, ”
Now who is it that hears?”

Bassui Tokushō


Seeing one’s own nature is buddhahood.

Bassui Tokushō


All words and sayings gently turn,
returning to the self.

Bassui Tokushō

Cast off

Cast off what has been realized.

Turn back to the subject that realizes
to the root bottom and resolutely go on.

Bassui Tokushō


The true meaning of the precepts is not just that one should refrain from drinking alcohol,
but also from getting drunk on nirvana.

Bassui Tokushō