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I was reading a book of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, called No Death, No Fear. In it he talks about the basic concepts that fuel our fear, and the teaching of the Buddha’s traditionally given to quiet that response. He calls it “the eight no’s”, of no birth, no death, no coming, no going, no same, no different, and no being and no non-being. I thought it was a particularly beautiful teaching, but it takes a little while to absorb. I read the book over about 4 days, and it is still reverberating in my being. I intend to go back and reread the entire book.
It is quite amazing that a book can dispel notions of death, ownership of the body, and other such core features of the body-mind complex. A lot of different teachings were mentioned: the three dharma seals, inter-being, impermanence in great depth, annatta and dependent origination a little.
But I haven’t been able to find a sutra for “the eight no’s” and I thought perhaps you could help me out. Anyway it’s an excellent book, I recommend it.