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Who is the Self ?

Posted in Buddhism, Dharma, Selflessness, Zen by yoshizen on December 8, 2009

” Did Buddha kill his own SELF ?”

I’ve visited a site called < Contoveros > run by Michael J who gave

a good observation of his Zen life to my blog. (@ Mindfullness / comment )

I can see he has cultivated nice friendly community around his

relaxed heart warming blog spot.

——- And I found very interesting words in his spot which says

” Needn’t kill yourself to be like Buddha ” ——m m m ? ! ! !

Waite a moment matey, did Buddha killed his Self ?

According to the so-called Buddha’s biography (along side some historical facts)

Buddha had abandoned his status to be the Royal Prince and became a bikku

which gave a serious havoc to the linage of the Magada Kingdom etc——.

Even though it was for a quest to find the truth to save the human being,

Wasn’t that by his crazy ego ? especially to the eyes of  Shakya Royals.


Here is the very interesting issue of What is the self, ego ——What is

the person’s role to be born under the Dharma.

In the Buddha’s eyes, clinging the position to be the Royal Prince while

indulging exclusive prosperity was the greed  and ego infested by the

delusions, therefore it has to be get rid of it.

——–In my view, Buddha didn’t kill his self ofwhich he was born with.

He only needed to expose it which had been stashed away under the

cover of Royal robe.

The same apply to anybody as you are born to be the self by the Dharma,

but to live as the true  yourself (some time called  Inner-self ) you only

need to get rid of the life of unnecessary and excess ofwhich most of them

are artificial and unnatural (This is so-called Middle way ).


From the tiny thumbnail of Michael’s photo, I can see his really nice character.

Look his child like twinkling eyes and the round smiley cheeks.  The shape of

ears shows his rather well-off happy life.

A man born like him wouldn’t be killed even under the bombardment of Vietcon.

Dhrma protect him to fulfill his life.

(As a family tradition, I’m pretty good to read the face and the line on the palm)

Congratulation to Michael.

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  1. contoveros said, on December 8, 2009 at 18:54


    Although we have never met, I feel a kinship from reading you. I am a novice Zen practitioner struggling on a path I’m not certain where it will lead. I am comfortable, however, with the lack of security this path offers. I feel like I am on solid ground, even though most times my steps take me over a precipice and I become frozen — like a Daffy Duck cartoon in mid-air — with nothing to catch me below but a Buddha-woven security blanket called Dharma.

    The headline for a post I wrote may have misled, “Needn’t kill Your Self to be like Buddha.” I tried to highlight an internet discussion I had with a Blogger who was facing difficulties with her practice, similar to what I had faced. I focused more on what she said, yet tried to present a headline combining mutual frustration with a lack of discipline, particularly on my part.

    This was the gist of our discussion:


    One of my favorite quotes is, that if you see the Buddha on the road, “kill him.”

    You . . . me . . . all of us . . . can not be like the Buddha. We can’t live his life. We have to live our own. And if we try to be like another person then we are fooling no one but ourselves (Self?)

    So, throw out the books, Have a cup of tea. Meditate. And if you can’t reach that state of bliss on the first try, well, who the hell can? I betcha the Buddha had to “practice,” and “practice,” and “practice” until He got it together.

    Sounds to me like you are already half way there!



    Yes, the Buddha did go through so many years of trying out different schools of thought and practice till he finally found his own Middle path didn’t he?
    Even if we don’t kill him , we needn’t kill ourselves trying to be him all over.
    I hope this helps to clear up any misunderstandings. Namaste!

    michael j contos, aka Contoveros

  2. yoshizen said, on December 8, 2009 at 20:08

    Hi Contoveros

    I wrote which may answer your ? ? ? @” Confidence to be here ”
    Everybody is here as one’s self. But its mean everybody is in their own Karma.
    Its occurrence is unique to one, and the effect of its event is not the same to other.
    Like I described on the beginning, if I didn’t meet a man from BBC and had a
    suggestion to visit Zen site, my bloging here was not exist. It was on my Karma.
    So that, the same suggestion may not work to other person.
    This is the hard part to advice other person. Adviser need to know the person’s
    Karma, where this person is standing ?
    Yet still, at least I know what the life I had and what I can see as the sign,
    provided if I can see the sign with clear eyes and detached mind.
    ——Though, to get rid of a wishful thinking (with greed or wrong expectation)
    is pretty hard.
    Still, if I were a man tend to make mistake, have a mistake and have a
    taste of the mistake which may be bitter,——-this is my unique life, enjoy the taste.
    ——— so, our encounter may give us a key to go further.
    (unless otherwise, Dharma wouldn’t have made this to happen)
    Quite optimistic isn’t it. 🙂
    PS: I really like the quote ” Kill the Buddha ” 😀

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