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Is There a Self?

What did the Buddha say about the nature of the self? While his teachings were preserved in the oral tradition through recitation, nothing was written down until 450 years after his passing.   I can’t help but wonder how much editorial enhancement his teachings received as they were shared over the centuries following his death. There are some fantastical sayings attributed to the Buddha...

To Scratch or Not to Scratch

Here’s the quandary:  You’re in the middle of what you hope will be a long meditation. About ten minutes in you feel an itch appearing on your nose that really, really, really wants to be scratched. You decide to remain still and not scratch it....