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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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Awareness

The mind like a glass of cloudy water.

If you want to clarify the water,
stop shaking, stirring, and fussing.

Emptiness

I recognize that the ultimate teaching of sutra and tantra,
is emptiness, but can’t make use of that recognition;
My mindstream stays hard as horn.

When I practice remaining in mind’s true condition.
I am without stability, yet I mouth off about the profound view,
and toss cause and effect to the winds.

On the outside—I can give a show of good behavior;
On the inside— desire, attachment, greed rage like fire.


Dudjom Rinpoche

Clean mind

If one is truly natural and innocently spontaneous,
the Unborn will appear.


Bankei Yōtaku

Emptiness

True emptiness is not empty,
but contains all things.

The mysterious and pregnant void creates and reflects all possibilities.
From it arises our individuality, which can be discovered and developed,
although never possessed or fixed.


Jack Kornfield

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

Emptiness and Appearance

There is no emptiness without appearance,
and there is no appearance without emptiness.

That is what we call the interdependent nature.


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche