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From another "thread"
The self is simply the sum of our protectiveness over this psycho/ physical being that translates as the human condition.
Learned behavior's that we have developed to bring some order to the chaos, some identity out of no thing and repeat so habitually that its momentum feel like normality.
The lattice frame that gives our karmic inertia its expression in this existence.
The walls of our sandbox. An imagined separation between self and other. The need to have it validated through tribal membership. The jailer and jail of our own creation. The very dream that the Buddha exhorted everyone to awaken from.
To have truly never met the wake of your own self is to have been graced unimaginably.
The above ^^ gives one of the clearest /precise definitions I've come across in a long while...thanks @how
And as for my non self...Hmm well.....
I'm just a vibrating bundle of energy flux held together by karmic glue
Not really knowing from one day to the next, what (this) "I" will be getting up to
For this psycho-physical phenomena called self, is not easy to pin down
One moment "I" am all prime & proper, the next moment I'm acting the clown
It's weird and yet wonderful finding out what this self is... or is not
The closer "I" get to discovery, the more "I" seem to be losing the plot (which I guess is a good thing )
The subject of what is the self is an oldie but goodie, especially for those new to the somewhat weirdness of Buddhist philosophical thought surrounding the self...no matter how daunting the task, it's a topic we all must eventually face, if we are to progress/end suffering ....
Have you given it much thought ?
How would you describe the Self ?