Zom wrote:Buddha didn't speak directly about the absense of self due to the reason that many would not understand that properly.
So he spoke about it absense indirectely.
When one looks at something and says "this is me, this is mine", one must recognize that as a fabrication. If the fabrication is skillful (such as, "I have a duty to help the sangha to the best of my ability") then it leads to liberation. If it is not skillful (such as, "I deserve a reward for all my hard work") then it leads to suffering. Thus, Right View does not concern with self or no self, but only with suffering and the end of suffering. Asking if there is a self or no self is a question that only leads to quarreling.
In the Brahmajala Sutta (DN 1) (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .bodh.html
) the Buddha lists 62 wrong views, with every possible concept regarding the self listed as wrong view. This indicates that Right View has only to do with karma and suffering/liberation as defined in the suttas. I have lately noticed that anatta, in the suttas, is always applied to something specific. For instance, this body, is it my self? No, body is not self. Feelings, are they self? No, feelings are not self. And so forth. This illustrates that all of our fabrications are just that, fabrications - this includes views regarding self/no-self.
At least, this is all the best of my understanding. If I am deluded, please forgive me and offer to help clean the dust off my eyes. I am very, very far from stream-entry.
Disciples, this I declare to you: All conditioned things are subject to disintegration – strive on untiringly for your liberation.
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.