“Vasubandhu, a fourth-century Buddhist teacher and one of the most important figures in the development of Mahayana Buddhism in India, reports: Buddha has spoken thus: ‘O, Brethren! actions do exist, and also their consequences (merit and demerit), but the person that acts does not. There is no one to cast away this set of elements and no one to assume a new set of them. (There exists no individual), it is only a conventional name given to (a set) of elements.’ Appendix to the VIIIth chapter of Vasubandhu’s Abhidarmakoça, §9: 100.b.7; quoted after T. Stcherbatsky, “The Soul Theory of the Buddhists,” Bull. Acad. Sci. Russ. 845 (1919)”

— Thomas Metzinger, The Ego Tunnel

Thomas Metzinger, The Ego Tunnel
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