I am interested in discussing with other non-academic people who are, like me, interested in Buddhism as a form of introspection and as an ethical system. The issues I am most interested in discussing are;
1. The Self. Is there an essence to individuals? For me I hold that the `self' is an illusion and a hindrance to enlightenment. I feel that the illusion of `self' and the clinging to an image of `self' is largely responsible much of the suffering in the world.
2. Not-Self. As I understand this, and this is one area where I need help, the `not-self' is an essential part of each sentient being, but is not what we ordinarily mean by `mind.'
3. Reincarnation. I find this one of the concepts of Buddhism which is most like Religion (as opposed to religion) to me. And as such it is one which I have really stopped trying to understand. I now more or less think of reincarnation as sort of the effects of karma. What you do during your one and only life has consequences after you die.
That's about it; hope to see some discussion and some folks who can help me understand.
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