The reason the teaching of anattā can serve as a strategy of liberation is precisely because it serves to rectify a misconception about the nature of being, hence an ontological error. It accomplishes this task by promoting a correct comprehension of the nature of being…

This essay is a response to Ajahn Geoff’s “The Not-Self Strategy”.

Bhikkhu Bodhi agrees with his contention that “the Buddha’s teachings on self and not-self are strategies” but disagrees strongly when he says that “true and false can be put aside.”

For Ajahn Geoff’s reply to this essay, see “The Limits of Description.”