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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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Formless and ungraspable

You must be beyond good and evil,
good luck and bad luck,
happiness and unhappiness,
true and false.

As formless, they are ungraspable.


Kodo Sawaki

Simplicity

The simplicity of the good man is hard to follow.
The simplicity of the evil man is easy to follow.

Follow you Heart

The simplicity of the good man is hard to follow.
The simplicity of the evil man is easy to follow.

Hard to follow

The simplicity of the good man is hard to follow.
The simplicity of the evil man is easy to follow.

Opposite Forces

Wherever there is light, there is shadow;
wherever there is length, there is shortness;
wherever there is white, there is black.

Just like these,
as the self-nature of things can not exist alone,
they are called non-substantial.


Gautama Buddha

Duality of Life and Death

For Buddhism,
the duality between life and death is only one instance of a more general problem,
dualistic thinking. Why is dualistic thinking a problem?

We differentiate between good and evil,
success and failure,
life and death
and so forth because we want to keep the one and reject the other.
But, we cannot have one without the other because they are interdependent:
having one half also maintains the other.
Living a ‘pure’ life thus requires a preoccupation with impurity
and our hope for success will be proportional to our fear of failure.
We discriminate between life and death in order to affirm one and deny the other
and as we have seen our tragedy lies in the paradox,
that these two objects are so interdependent.
There is no life without death
and what we are more likely to overlook
there is no death without life.
This means our problem is not death, but life-and-death.


Dogen Zenji