The Teachings Of Buddha And The Buddha

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Do a quick search on WolframAlpha with "I as a word", we will found that "I", is the 15th most common written word, and the 2nd most common spoken word. This seems to suggest that the majority (if not all) of mankind (at least in English speaking countries) seems to be believing that there exist something in us, that is unchanging throughout our life (and maybe afterlife), and can be used to distinguished ourselves from other. However, Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism in our world, challenge our common sense with his idea of no-self (Anatta). In Buddhism there are three truths that are common to all existences, namely, impermanence (anicca), unsatisfactoriness (dukkha) and no self (anatta). According to Buddha, it is because of our ignorance of the three truths, that we are living in a world of suffering. And the goal of Buddha 's teaching is to help us to see the truths and thus escape from the world of suffering. In this paper, we will be focus on Buddha 's idea of selfless. According to Buddha, what we generally consider as a self, "I", is a combination of five aggregates. The five aggregates are the aggregate of matter (our physical nature), sensations (feelings), perceptions (judgements), mental formation (things that make us act, such as intention), and consciousness (awareness).1 This list is meant to exhaust the essences of "I", so that everything that we may consider as "I" is encompassed by at least one of the five aggregates.
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