Posted by curtis (188.8.131.52) on October 24, 2000 at 16:50:52:
In Reply to: Re: How to explain the death of a large number of people (e.g. bomb explosion) at the same time? posted by David S. on October 23, 2000 at 13:26:55:
: What do you think about this illusory self and thus illusory self-will?
i have not practice visipanna meditation long enough to gain insight into the true nature of self. but from my intellectual understanding, the "free will" is not totally "free", you are still put into situations based on your past karma (ex: born handicapped, or in poverty, in a rich family, etc) in which you have very little control. So whatever you decide to act on "next" is "limited" (conditioned) by whatever you've been handed.
As for whether self is an illusion, I have to say yes and no. If the definition of self is permanent, unchanging self, then no, I don't think it exists. But if the definition of self is simply an identity, a label which changes slowly with time, but keeps a "relative" continuity from one moment ot the next; then yes, the self exists.
But, of course, the question I always get stuck is: once a person become buddha and arahats, do they all have the same "personality"? I mean the buddha nature would be the same on all of them, wouldn't it? How would you tell them apart? that's the problem I have, if everyone become buddhas, and escape the world of samsara, what then? silence...time stand still...only eternal now, better stop now before I go mad ;-)
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