The self has no independent existence whatsoever.



“Buddha’s Brain”: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

The self keeps changing; in the brain, every manifestation of the self is impermanent.

Just as the individual frames in a movie create the illusion of motion, the overlapping neural assemblies that flow together and then disperse create the illusion of a coherent and continuous self.

The self arises and changes depending on various conditions, notably pleasant and unpleasant feeling tones.

It also depends on relationships—including with the wider world.

The most fundamental basis for the sense of “I”—the subjectivity inherent in awareness—emerges in the relationship between the body and the world.

The self has no independent existence whatsoever.

Self-related mental activity, including the sense of being the subject of experience, refers to a unified, enduring, independent “I” who is the essential owner of experiences and agent of actions—but such a one does not exist.




My two cents: The self, the sense of “I”, is our “Ego”.

The need for identity is why we create him/her, not a captain for our ship.

As Hanson says, “The self has no independent existence whatsoever.”



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