Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self

Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self

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Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self by Rodney Smith

Anatta is the Buddhist teaching on the nonexistence of a permanent, independent self. It’s a notoriously puzzling and elusive concept, usually leading to such questions as, "If I don’t have a self, who’s reading this sentence?" It’s not that there’s no self there, says Rodney Smith. It’s just that the self that is reading this sentence is a configuration of elements that at one time did not exist and which at some point in the future will disperse. Even in its present existence, it’s more a temporary arrangement of components rather than something solid. Anatta is a truth the Buddha considered to be absolutely essential to his teaching. Smith shows that understanding this truth can change the way you relate to the world, and that the perspective of selflessness is critically important for anyone involved in spiritual practice. Seeing it can be the key to getting past the idea that spirituality has something to do with self-improvement, and to accessing the joy of deep insight into reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834822962
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Series: Shambhala Publications
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 588,786
File size: 443 KB

About the Author

Rodney Smith is the founding and guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts.  He leads classes and retreats throughout the United States.  He is also the author of Lessons from the Dying, a book that grew out of the many years he spent in hospice work.

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