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July Internet Dharma Talk: "Do You Know Your True Self?





Do you know who you really are?

Before reading further, please think about this for a moment.


What is the true self?


In Buddhism, when we think about the existence of the self, the first thing we learn is that there is no self.


In Buddhism, when we consider the existence of the self, the first thing we learn is that there is no self.

In Buddhism, we believe that we are not our own.


In Buddhism, it is said, "What you cannot freely control is not yours.


If you can control yourself, then you are in control.

If you can control yourself, you can control aging and stay young.

We can also control our illnesses by our will.


We can control our lifespan, our athletic ability, our learning ability, our appearance, our personality, our habits.

You cannot control your life span, your athletic ability, your learning ability, your appearance, your personality, your habits, or any of these without external factors.


In other words, if you can't control yourself, you don't belong to yourself.


Furthermore, there are two kinds of selves: the self that you perceive and the self that others perceive.


Both are selves, but there will be different perceptions of them.


Furthermore, your thoughts will also change based on your experiences, relationships, age, and various other conditions.


What you are saying will also change accordingly.


So where do you find your true self?


It's...


In the end, aren't all of them the real you?


Sometimes we are brave, sometimes we are cowardly, sometimes we are compassionate, sometimes we are despising.

Sometimes we grieve, sometimes we lie, sometimes we hurt.


Sometimes you are with others, sometimes you are alone.


By understanding that all of these are true selves.

The journey of self-discovery may be over.


But...

"What? Is this who I really am now? That's impossible!

You may feel like denying that this is not the real you.


It is the desire to be this way that is the foundation of who you are.


Whether in this life or the next.

In this life and the next, it is important to know what kind of person you want to be.


In this sense, we can change at any time.


Do not do all kinds of evil, but do all kinds of good, and strive to keep your mind pure.


Buddhism teaches that the way to live joyfully is to find one's true self there.


There are many things going on in the world, but

Let us continue to devote ourselves to our own hope and core.


Namu Amitabha



*** Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) ***



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