The Two Truths of Self

One of the Buddha’s most famous teachings is the notion of anatman – no self. When we look carefully at what we call our “self” it is not so easy to find an independently existing permanent entity there, even though we act as if there is one.

However – as it says in the Kosher Dharma joke book: “If there is no self then whose arthritis is this?” Understanding how “non-self” and “self” relate is sometimes called the “Two Truths” – Absolute and Relative.

 

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