Atta and Anatta
- Some early religions talked about reincarnation (transmigration of atta, atman, soul).
- In contrast, Buddhism discusses rebirth and no-soul (anatta).
- The Buddha delivered “Anattalakkhana Sutta” as a follow-up sermon to the “Taya Oo” to his five disciples led by Ashin Kondanna.
- The Sutta’s title literally means “No-self characteristic discourse”.
- Buddha taught that “each of the five khandas (aggregates) are subject to impermanence (anicca), and suffering, unsatisfactoriness, or misery (dukkha) and thus unfit for identification with a self”.
- The five disciples became enlightened after listening to the Sutta.
- They became members of the (Paramatta) Sangha, the third of the Triple Gems.
- There are many books on the Sutta including the one by Mahasi Sayadawgyi explaining the relevance of the Sutta to Vipassana meditation.
- There is also an English translation of the Sutta by Sayagyi U Pe Maung Tin.