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"No Me, No Mind." That's what the head abbot at one monastary kept repeating when giving sermon's.

The achievement of Nibbana (often mispronounced "nirvana") is the realization that there is no "I." In our lives most of us live under a great illusion: the illusion of self, the illusion that there exists something that is a stable and unchanging, to use a more familiar term, that there exists a "soul."

This is the great teaching of the Buddha. I spent some time in monastaries in SEAsia and let me tell you his teachings are not easy to follow.

Now is this how Buddhism is practiced? Well... No. The original teachings of the Buddha have been interpreted and reinterpreted by leaders and monks over the past 2500 years and today most (both proclaimed Buddhists and non-Buddhists) believe that reincarnation and earthly karma (do good and good things happen to you) are central tenets.

But hey, that's just the way of all the great teachings. What would JC say of modern day Catholocism?

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Post-pro: I cleaned up some noise with the blur tool, and increased saturation.

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