November 1994 Buddhism Now

Cover of the November 1994 Buddhism Now. Art © Marcelle Hanselaar From this issue:

Self is Heavy, by Buddhadasa Bhikku

Often, when we say that there is no self, people get worried, or angry. Their attachment and identification to this idea of a self is so strong that they actually become hostile towards us if we begin to say there is no such thing. We need to explain this a bit, therefore, so that you don’t get mad at us. The idea of a self is common to everyone. Whether we come from the East or the West, we have some kind of idea and belief in a self, every one of us, absolutely; it is a fundamental illusion that arises in all human minds. Indians, Thais, Chinese, everybody, is walking around with this idea of a self, a soul, an atman, or whatever we want to call it…

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Buddhist Publishing Group (BPG) published the first issue of Buddhism Now in February 1989.

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