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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 mind like a glass of cloudy water.

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

Master your breath

Your breathing should flow gracefully,
like a river, like a watersnake crossing
the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse.

To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.
Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means,
the method of watching the breath should always be used.

Thich Naht Hanh

This is the only moment.

Breathing in,
I calm body and mind.

Breathing out,
I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

Thich Naht Hanh

A clear mind

We cannot see our reflections in running water.
Its is only in still water that we can see.

How to Practice

If you cannot stop worrying over something
in the past or what might happen in the future,
shift your focus to the inhalation and exhalation of your breath.
Or recite this mantra:
om mani padme hum.
Since the mind cannot concentrate on two things simultaneously,
either of these meditations causes the former worry to fade.

The XIV Dalai Lama

End suffering

If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand.
The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there.

Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise,
it ceases at the place where it arises.
If suffering arises you must contemplate right there,
you don’t have to run away.
You should settle the issue right there.
One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most foolish person of all.
He will simply increases his stupidity endlessly.

We don’t meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.

Ajahn Chah