>You say ‘I am’, but what does the word ‘I’ refer to? According to the Buddhist teaching of no-self, to answer this question correctly is to reach liberation. It is to reach the end of all unhappiness.
Here we explore the Buddha’s teaching of the 5 aggregates (skandhas or khandhas). This teaching is variously called anatman, anatta, no-self, nonself, etc.
The essence of the teaching is that liberation (moksha) and enlightenment (nirvana) come about when one realizes that every model of the self we can have is a wrong model. When one lets go of grasping, of falsely identifying oneself with the contents of experience – only then can one put an end to suffering (dukkha) once and for all.

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πŸ“š Recommended Reading

β–Ά A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy (Steven M. Emmanuel)
β–Ά An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Stephen J. Laumakis)
β–Ά What the Buddha Taught (Walpola Rahula Thero)
β–Ά The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching (Thich Nhat Hanh)
β–Ά Foundations of Buddhism (Rupert Gethin)

To learn more about the five aggregates as found in the original Buddhist literature, visit: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/khandha.html

For an in-depth study into the Buddhist no-self doctrine, I suggest these two books:

*Identity and Experience by Sue Hamilton (https://www.amazon.com/Identity-Experience-Constitution-According-Buddhism/dp/1898942234)
*Selfless Persons by Steven Collins (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/052139726X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)

Free access to Early Buddhist scripture: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/

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