Reply To: Jethavanarama Buddhist Monastery – English Discourses


In this speech, the Venerable clarified that there are several ways of explaining the anicca nature. He preferred to use the one that suited the audience he was addressing. This audience appears to have been exposed to misinterpretation. This is why he repeated several times to put his preconceived ideas aside for the sermon.

Everyone can have a different way of approaching Annica as long as it doesn’t lead to misinterpretations. The same goes for other aspects of tilakkhana.

I understood that anatta did not mean the absence of self, thanks to a French bhikkhu who approached it a little differently from Mr.Lal. Of course, he explains that anatta means the absence of control, just like Mr.Lal. The bhikkhu said that one can see anatta just by sitting. What happens if we just sit for a long time? Horrible discomfort will come sooner or later, and it is uncontrollable.

You could say I love chocolate. Even if we are a fan of chocolate, there is a limit we eat, it’s anatta (uncontrollable). Sooner or later the body will get tired, and we will suffer horrible problems. A car can only drive, it cannot fly like a plane it is anatta (uncontrollable). As long as we remain in the cycle of rebirths (If we are still puthujjanas) apayas are inevitable (Anatta)

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