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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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The Four Reliance

Rely on the teaching,
not on the person.

Rely on the meaning,
not on the words.

Rely on the definitive meaning,
not on the provisional.

Rely on your wisdom mind,
not on your ordinary mind.


The Four Reliances

First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings,
not on the words;

Second, rely on the teachings,
not on the personality of the teacher;

Third, rely on real wisdom,
not superficial interpretation;

And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind,
not on judgmental perceptions.

The Four Reliances

Understand the Dhamma

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.

Ajahn Chah