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Comprehensible evaluate of the 3 major colleges of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.

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And the will, the engine of the vehicle, drives the whole to a given end, and out of our conscious control is the unconscious, at a lower level in Western psychology or a very high level of Eastern metaphysics. No self, indeed! Here is a most elaborate entity, but not immortal in any one of its manifold principles or in all of them together. What do the Buddhist scriptures say about the self? First, as already indicated, the Buddha was not concerned with the subtleties of doctrine, or indeed with any discussion on ‘the indeterminates’.

As to the complex ingredients of the sense of right, walk on, and you will learn. Muscles to be strengthened must be used; faculties to be developed must be likewise used, and the sense of rightness is no exception to the rule. But the duty to be decided is always one’s own. As the Gita itself provides: ‘It is better to do one’s own duty, even though devoid of excellence, than to perform another’s duty well’. By removing from another his choice of action you have robbed him of the oppor­ tunity to learn and so to grow.

He preferred describing a Way, a Way of life for every man to tread from suffering to the end of suffering, and this Eightfold Path begins with Right Views, or the basic prin­ ciples at the heart of the Buddha’s teaching. These include the Three Signs of Being, facts to be verified by any man; that every ‘thing’ or aggregate is in a constant state of flux, forever changing; that no such thing has a separate Atman or ‘immortal soul’, and that every thing is inseverable from suffering in one form or another.

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