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March 21, 2007

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I guess a fictitious self takes refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. And I would imagine that the raft crossing to the other shore of Nirvana has nobody on it.

Well said. Look at the hypocrisy of many Buddhists: A while ago, they claimed the Buddha teached "no self". Most of them claiming that did not read a single line of the Pali discourses.

With the advent of people like Bhikku Thanissaro and papers like "The not-self strategy", they got more cautious, some are willing to discuss the issue now at least instead of doing the usual uneducated mindless bickering consisting mainly in ad hominems and demonizing their opponents. But even many of them "think" "no-self", while pretending, they do not. This becomes obvious out of the intense reactions against people who seek a kind of self in Buddhism, while the same people ignore the rants of "no-self"-advocates.

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