Chapter 11 explains the “Three Characterists” (of which anatta is the third)
Chapter 10 covers “The Five Aggregates” which are, in brief, the body and mind which we cling to as if they were “us”
Chapters 27–31 cover the Buddha winning over several wealthy and powerful patrons, despite his “world-renouncing” teachings
The Buddha gives a vivid simile which illustrates the Buddhist outlook on life in this memorable sutta.
Art can be a powerful way to convey religious feeling. How would you depict the above sutta?
Bhikkhu Bodhi discusses the Five Aggregates and what Buddhists mean by “Emptiness.”
The best book for understanding Dependent Origination and Emptiness is The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh. Unfortunately, this book is under copyright so you’ll have to find a copy wherever you normally get books.
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