The Buddha taught many different teachings to suit the disposition of different disciples and guide them along the path. This is particularly true regarding the teachings on selflessness, which is emptiness. Since people of his day had strong belief in an extended self, atman, he began teaching them there is a self. Slowly he introduced them to no self, or anatman. Having introduced no self, he guided his disciples to subtler notions of no self. All these teachings are incredibly skillful to guide disciples along the path to enlightenment. Thus they are all complementary and not contradictory.
Imagining our early anger as a cloud that dissipates, transforming anger into tolerance, can be very effective. Yet to fully get rid of our anger, and all of our destructive emotions like jealousy, pride, greed, […]
The Buddha taught many different teachings often from different angles. We all have different dispositions and periods in our lives when we are more or less receptive. Please take all these teachings as complementary. Try […]