Non Self

Buddhism has a different view of self when compared to the west.

Self has 5 parts..

  • Form: Physical body and material phenomena
  • Feeling: Pleasant and unpleasant emotions
  • Cognition: Thoughts, Memories, future plans, ideas
  • Mental Formations: volitional activities, dispositions, decision making
  • Consciousness: Fact of awareness

These 5 parts are the components, and the when it comes together, it creates an effect of having a self. But its still not the self because..

  • You can't control these completely
  • Its not permanent

Self and attachment to self is the cause of suffering.