If there is no self why defend your self ?

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If there is no self why defend your self ?

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Now that you understand that there is no self but only the five aggregates , yet if being attack by others , still you will defend your self ?
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Well, I guess you should pose your question to an arahat.

The rest of us can only speculate based on our knowledge and understanding. My speculation is that although there is no more clinging to "I" and "mine", an arahat is driven by compassion including his or her responsibilities to the Sangha, etc. This is a good reason to defend against the attacker.
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"If they take my life with a sharp knife, I will think, 'There are disciples of the Blessed One who — horrified, humiliated, and disgusted by the body and by life — have sought for an assassin, but here I have met my assassin without searching for him.' [1] That is what I will think, O Blessed One. That is what I will think, O One Well-gone."

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The Buddha never said there was no self. In any case you would want to live so that you can continue to practice.
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He said, "All things are not-self".

Ignorance maintains holding things as self and the Buddha was very clear that ignorance needs to be uprooted by effort. Your question implies that you can decide to make the change. The Buddha taught that you cannot.
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That is only an intellectual conclusion. Mere conclusions cant release one from the conditioning process. Conditions need to be uprooted by the culmination of the path.

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SarathW wrote: Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:13 am "If they take my life with a sharp knife, I will think, 'There are disciples of the Blessed One who — horrified, humiliated, and disgusted by the body and by life — have sought for an assassin, but here I have met my assassin without searching for him.' [1] That is what I will think, O Blessed One. That is what I will think, O One Well-gone."

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This actually would contradict the upholding of the non killing precept spirit if one really Treasure life .
Why not avoids the assassin and live longer to spreads the dhamma ? Where is the Wisdom ?
Where is the compassion to help others to uproot ignorance then ?
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SDC wrote: Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:33 am He said, "All things are not-self".

Ignorance maintains holding things as self and the Buddha was very clear that ignorance needs to be uprooted by effort. Your question implies that you can decide to make the change. The Buddha taught that you cannot.
You can choose to Remain in samsara and Not following the path !
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James Tan wrote: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:55 pm
SDC wrote: Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:33 am He said, "All things are not-self".

Ignorance maintains holding things as self and the Buddha was very clear that ignorance needs to be uprooted by effort. Your question implies that you can decide to make the change. The Buddha taught that you cannot.
You can choose to Remain in samsara and Not following the path !
Absolutely. People can decide to put in that effort to know and see, but they cannot decide to know and see. Major difference.

At most they could rationalize the possibility of not-self, which in itself can be misleading. Because the reality of not-self is not within that rational possibility, i.e. is isn't within the intellectual grasp. It is beyond intellect. It is at the level of intention, i.e. it is what determines rationale, so it can never appear directly on the level of intellect.

So believing in the rationale can grant the illusion of knowledge of not-self, but if it ignorance hasn't been uprooted, as soon as such a person is threatened, they will immediately descend to that established position of ignorance and defend Self.
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Now that you understand that there is no self but only the five aggregates , yet if being attack by others , still you will defend your self ?
There is difference in understanding. Stream-winnders anatta understanding is one thing. Arahants' understanding is radically different in terms of depth.
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I think an important distinction should be made. Setting aside whether there is a self or no self, it could be quite harmful both to others and to oneself if one is unable or unwilling to defend himself when attacked. We are a part of a system where our actions are often perceived as messages, and not reacting to aggressive behavior is sending the wrong messages, and i guess wisdom involves understanding this fact.

Being defensive is different though, and it is eliminated when one is completely free from self view in my opinion.
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No self is a misunderstanding.

Not self is right understanding.
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Greetings James,
James Tan wrote: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:47 am Now that you understand that there is no self but only the five aggregates , yet if being attack by others , still you will defend your self ?
It depends what you mean by "attack" - verbal, physical, reputational etc.?

It's worth noting that the Buddha was very rarely "fired up", but it appears that the times his language was particularly spicy was whenever he or his Dhamma was being misrepresented.
AN 10.75 wrote:“Ānanda, who is this laywoman Migasālā, a foolish incompetent matron, with a matron’s wit? And who is it that knows how to assess individuals?"
MN 38 wrote:"Foolish man, to whom do you know me having taught the Dhamma like this. Haven’t I taught, in various ways that consciousness is dependently arisen. Without a cause, there is no arising of consciousness. Yet you, foolish man, on account of your wrong view, you misrepresent me, as well as destroy yourself and accumulate much demerit, for which you will suffer for a long time."
MN 22 wrote:But you, O foolish man, have misrepresented us by what you personally have wrongly grasped. You have undermined your own (future) and have created much demerit. This, foolish man, will bring you much harm and suffering for a long time.
Speaking of misunderstanding and misinterpretation, it's worth noting also that some of the Vinaya rules exist so as to safeguard (or "defend", to use your term) monastics against potential misrepresentation by the laity. So, despite being the Arahant, the Buddha still had concern for false accusations, misrepresentations and slander etc. and the complications and difficulties that these present.

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"No self".....is an extreme.....similar to "self"!.....a duality.
Teaching is about the middle-way.....transcending samsara.
Samsara v Nibbana.....isn't a duality!
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James Tan wrote: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:47 am Now that you understand that there is no self but only the five aggregates , yet if being attack by others , still you will defend your self ?
There is no need to fabricate the emotionally charged theoretical scenario of being attacked and to consider the need for defence. We are "defending" the self constantly. Obtaining food. clothing, and shelter....in short, anything which is condusive to continued life carried out in the manner of the worldling is a defence of self.
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