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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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Mindfulness

If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
all fear disappears and complete happiness comes.

All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
and all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
all of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
and by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.


Shantideva

O my mind

O my mind,
what countless ages have you spent working for yourself?

And what weariness it was,
while your reward was only suffering?


Shantideva

Taking and Giving

If I do not actually exchange my happiness
For the sufferings of others,
I shall not attain the state of Buddhahood
And even in cyclic existence I shall have no joy.


Shantideva

Compassion

For as long as space exists and sentient beings endure,
may I too remain, to dispel the misery of the world.

Whatever joy there is in this world,
all comes from desiring others to be happy,
and whatever suffering there is in this world,
all comes from desiring myself to be happy.


Shantideva

Grasping at Self

All the violence,
fear, and suffering that exist in the world come from grasping at self.

What use is this great evil monster to us?


Shantideva

Negative Emotions

All other foes that I appease and wait upon,
will show me favors, give me every aid.

But should I serve my dark, defiled emotions,
they will only harm me, draw me down to grief.


Shantideva