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Realise there is no false self
based on the five aggregates
to realise your true self
based on your Buddha-nature.

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Once the Buddha was sitting in meditation in a dense forest near Uruvela when a band of villagers chanced upon him. The company was composed of thirty married couples, plus one well-to-do young bachelor. The night before, while the young man slept, his favored courtesan had found the money hidden beneath his bed and had made off with it.

When the theft was discovered, all his friends and neighbours had set off in pursuit, finally stumbling upon the Enlightened One deep in the jungle. After they had recounted their sad tale to the sage, the Buddha asked, “Instead of roaming around in this dangerous jungle seeking a woman and money, wouldn’t it be far better to seek your true self?” Buddha’s peaceful, shining countenance and simple allegorical insight made such an impact on the young householders that they forgot their chase and became his followers. The young bachelor later became a monk and a sage.

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