Sixth translation. :)
No Self: One of Reality’s Marvelous Truths
Question: What is “no self”? How do we accomplish “no self”? Is being in harmony with the world a kind of state of “no self”? How about forgetting self? People often say that “a job of working hard, forgetting self”, the spirit of forgetting self, etc, are these a kind of expression of no self?
1. No Self is a fact/truth, it does not require a “how” to accomplish it, it only requires you to discover it.
2. No Self and forgetting self bears no relations, (No Self) bears no relation with being in harmony or in disharmony with the world. No Self is the truth of all things.
3. All things do not have self-nature - it neither has self-substance nor a self-form, it is purely a false designation/name; however it also does not mean that nothing exists. That is the meaning of “no self”.
4. As for the no-self of dharma, one could witness it through deeply contemplating things as they really are; and as for the no-self of person (subject), one could witness it through deep contemplation, and one could also verify it through practicing awareness/mindfulness.
5. No-Self and the experience of No-Self is not the result of conjecture while sitting, nor is it the result of deeply thinking and engaging in logical reasoning, rather it is the result of observing/examining things as they really are.
6. The no-self of all dharmas (things) is a rational fact. The no-self of all dharmas can be categorized as the no-self of person and the no-self of dharma.
7. The myriads of things do not have self-nature (all dharmas are without self), it is one of the three dharma seals, and all buddhas of the three times (past, present and future) bear witness to it.
8. Past, present, future, all bodhisattvas that contemplate/observes freedom, while deeply contemplating on the Prajnparamita, could witness it.
9. “The five aggregates are empty”, “All dharmas are empty appearances”, etc, are other ways of expressing no-self. “Five aggregates are empty” does not mean emptying the five aggregates, “all dharmas are empty appearance” does not mean there isn’t any dharmas, rather it means the myriad dharmas are empty in nature, are empty in essence.
10. All practitioners that proceeded to verify the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, by the verification of the Prajnparamita Heart Sutra they could thereby know the truth of “no-self”!
11. The marvellous principle of no-self is one of the truths of all dharmas, it is extremely subtle, one should go and realize and actualize it!