In the Buddha's time, wanderers of other sects struggled to understand how the Buddha-dhamma operated without reference to a soul/atman.
This topic serves as a place to explore such ancient encounters and their modern equivalents.
Please note also that any posts made elsewhere relating to soul theories may be moved into this topic at moderators' discretion.
Let's kick off with , the very first sutta in the Pali Canon... presumably put there because such soul-theories needed to be cleared away before anyone was ready to encounter and understand the Buddha's teaching.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine