Anatman

发布日期:2017-01-16   字体大小:   

Many people are apt to try to interpret the purport of the theological proposition of “no-self” (anatman), one of the most important philosophical concepts underpinning Buddhism, in terms of its logical texture. Such an attempt at comprehending the proposition’s purport is bound to be futile. To properly grasp the purport of the proposition of “no-self”, what a practitioner needs to do is put into practice the adage which says that a sincere Buddhist votary needs to “steer clear of all the possibilities which are to lure him into an evil practice and to strive to do anything that is beneficial to others”. It is only in this way that a practitioner can, in the course of his self-cultivation, vindicate to himself in the end that the proposition of “no-self” is a truth. If a practitioner chooses to abstain from putting the aforesaid adage into consistent practice and would fondly opt for resorting only to doing sitting meditation as a means for vindicating to himself whether the proposition of “no-self” is a truth or not, he is bound to get frustrated in the end. Even if he might be tempted in the course of his sitting meditation to persuade himself that he has succeeded in experiencing the truthfulness of the concept of “no-self”, then in actuality he is just imagining things or just lets himself be led astray by some wild reverie simply because the truth innate in the concept of “no self” can never be brought to light through a process of meditation done in seclusion. Therefore the attempt to vindicate the truth inherent in the concept of “no-self” simply by doing sitting meditation is a deceitful endeavor. If a practitioner cannot convince himself that the “no-self” is a truth, his self-cultivation amounts to nothing. When a practitioner is bent every hour of a day on unselfishly doing good deeds in the interest of others and is habitually and totally forgetful of his own selfish interests, can’t he experience to the utmost and fully convince himself of the truthfulness of the concept of “no-self”? I believe he can. And that indisputably!(From My Heart My Buddha)