The Illusion Of Self : Buddha

1788 WordsNov 8, 20148 Pages
The Illusion of Self Buddha recognized three marks of existence that are inescapable and relate to all aspects of life and reality (Smith, Huston). These three marks are annica, impermanence, dukkha, dissatisfaction, and anatta, the absence of the self (Smith, Huston). Although these three marks can easily be seen in a negative light, especially in a western culture of being true to your self and the focus on the soul, it is through understanding of these three marks that Buddha says leads to liberation. The Basic Teachings of Buddha includes several lessons, but the themes are all interconnected and recurring throughout the text. My passage from the Basic Teachings of Buddha about the absence and impermanence of self is important to the overall understanding of the Basic Teachings of Buddha because the ideas of annica and anatta are interrelated to several teachings and without understanding of these marks of existence the path to the cessation of suffering cannot be found. Siddartha Garma, now known by his title the Buddha, was born around the year 563 B.C. in Nepal (Smith, Huston). His father, a prosperous feudal lord, was given a prophecy at the time of Siddartha’s birth (Smith, Huston). If he remained within the world he would become a world conquering king, but if he forsook the world, he would become a world redeemer instead. Faced with these two paths, Siddartha’s father did everything in his power to steer Siddartha down the path of the world conquering king.

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