Buddhist self-immolation is once again in the news.
But here’s the paradox of it…
Buddhist doctrine of Anatta says: “there is no self; self is an illusion.”
If there is no self, there is nothing to sacrifice.
Thus, self-immolation is not a self-sacrifice (because there is no self to begin with).
Thus, the idea of a self-sacrifice is an illusion even if an act of self-immolation is reality.
Life is a burn of dialectic contradiction, one way or another.
Metabolically, existentially, politically.
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Last reviewed: 11 Dec 2012