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Examining the basic teachings of Buddha can help one understand the experience of Buddha and early Buddhism Buddha taught the Three Characteristics of the samsara or the wandering on to the phenomenal world where one will be born die and then wander on to be reborn Buddhas constituents are anicca dukkha and anatta Anicca is impermanence which means that everything is in constant flux and change expect for Nirvana Material objects and emotions go through certain changes and most importantly a persons emotional life will also be in constant change Mitchell 35 All things are impermanent in the ways that why arise and pass away while existing they are in a state of constant change Mitchell 36 Impermanence leads to the dukkha or dissatisfactoriness which means suffering The phenomena of the world are made in ways that produce dissatisfactoriness that these sufferings are associated with the changing conditions of life Mitchell 36 These things cannot provide lasting happiness so the Buddha taught that the changes that human states goes through are constituted such that they produce personal and social dukkha Mitchell 37 Buddha rejects a permanent self atman and taught that within human nature there is no permanent self where one does not find any permanent substance Buddhas lesson of no-self expresses that if one has a permanent self then it will lead to selfishness and egoism which makes the world dissatisfactory for everyone Mitchell 37 The Five Aggregates are these constituents of selfhood in a no-self doctrine that describe that all of these aggregates are constantly changing mentally physically or processes so none of them can be considered a permanent self Therefore In the final analysis in the ultimate sense there is no permanent self to be found within the Five Aggregates Milindapanha qtd Mitchell 39 The Five Aggregates are the five impermanent factors of ones existence that are always changing and since there is no permanent substantial self one should look to the
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