“Buddhism teaches not-self (anattā) as an essential principle. If one realizes the heart of Buddhism, selfishness cannot arise in one. Religions that assert some sort of self or soul may have some difficulties in teaching their followers to have selves that are unselfish. To set a good example, may the followers of Buddhism hurry to realize the essence of their religion, and thereby positively challenge and support other religions. Don’t let Buddhism’s great value go to waste among a populace that shows little interest in its core teachings.”
Messages from Suan Mokkh Series #3. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro Bhikkhu. E-published by Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives in collaboration with Liberation Park, 2017.
Series: Messages from Suan Mokkh
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2017
Author(s): Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Publisher(s): Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives