hataribaba wrote:Thanks for your answers!
So if I got it right, this business of me being like a wave in the ocean, and of the self being a delusional concept, and that there is no answer to 'who is suffering?' because there is no one to experience suffering in the first place, is foreign to your school of buddhism?
Dan's answer is a good one: not-self is not totally foreign to Theravada but not something that is taught at the introductory level because it is so easily misunderstood.
If, as you said, your book said, "my existence and the suffering I experience are mere illusions, just like any other experience in my delusional existence," then I think it is going too far. A better way of describing the situation, IMO, would be "my existence and the suffering I experience don't exist in exactly the way I think they do
, and neither do
any other experiences," and I would leave off, "in my delusional existence". That can become a starting point for further investigation.
But the Zen and Theravada ways of understanding this sort of thing are a bit different, too. You might get a better Zen response from our sister site, http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewforum.php?f=77
. On the other hand, you might find their approach harder to understand than ours - Theravada teachings, IMO, are relatively straightforward. Still not easy, though - you've picked a tough question!