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.