Is the Self an Illusion? | The Five Aggregates of Buddhism (Skandhas)

In this episode of Enlightenment Today I will speak about whether the self actually exists. I will explore this from the perspective of the the five aggregates of Buddhism, especially the Madhyamaka and Yogacara schools. People often assume Buddhist beliefs are built on the idea that the self (ego/persona) is a persistent illusion, but this is not entirely true because it is much more complicated than that unfounded belief. The five aggregates are actually an advanced mind science centered on how the self is developed and, as a result, why the illusion of a self is based on a cognitive error we all make before waking up (nirvana).

4 Comments

  1. kate - September 12, 2019

    thank you so much! i have been looking for more precise words or just the right words for me w regard to this aspect. 😉
    you are so helpful and i’m curious if there is a follow up to this video?

    thank you!

  2. BRdr - May 18, 2019

    Jason, thank you, thank you, thank you — for this amazing video on a subject it’s not easy to find teachings on, especially like this!

    • Jason Gregory - May 19, 2019

      Thank you for the gratitude my friend. A lot of work goes into these videos and also in delivery the authentic knowledge. So to hear your appreciation makes all the hard work worth it.

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