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August 30, 2009

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While I do not disagree with the general thrust of your arguments, you are dodging a fundamental issue. Fine, the 5-aggregate based "self" is an illusion, yet there is a higher Self embraced by the Buddha. BUT, is there any individuality to this Self? If not, no problem, but if that is the case, the term Self is misleading. In the dictionary, "self" means "a person's essential being that differentiates him from others." One can have "essential being" without individual identity, but then why not say Buddha Essence rather than Self.

While the constant attacks on contemporary Zen have some merit, I would appreciate more constructive discussion.

This is very interesting and heartening. You are one of if not the most interesting buddhist scholar writing today.

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