Detachment from Anatman

There is some truth in the Buddhist teaching of anatman or there being no separately-existing self, but if we are too attached to it, we can quickly become not only indifferent to the suffering in the world, but also disengaged supporters of horrible acts.

Recently, in Norway, 91 innocent people were gunned down. If we are too attached to no-self, we might be inclined to say “there is no one to shoot and no one to be killed, so who cares?”

Only when we see that non-separation means total interdependence, which includes the very real suffering of the world’s countless sentient beings, can we sidestep the apathy pitfall and open up to real compassion.

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