Quote: "I have a question. Is the view 'there is no self' also a self-identity view? Specifically, does holding such a view prevent the attainment of stream-entry?"
Thanissaro Bhikkhu appears to think that the view 'there is no self' is as bad as
the view 'there is a self'. This is his interpretation of the Nikaya teachings
which are somewhat obscure on many of these points.
You ask about the view 'there is no self' and you quote MN 2, but does this sutta
mention such a view? Let us look at Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation:
"When he attends unwisely in this way, one of six views arises in him. The view
'self exists for me' arises in him as true and established; or the view
'no self exists for me' arises in him as true and established; or the view ..."
Why does Thanissaro omit the quotation marks which make clear the actual view?
The view 'no self exists for me' is almost a self-contradictory view.
Even if it was translated as 'I have no self' it would still be a problem.
The conceit 'I am' must also be eliminated. So an Arahant would not say
'I have no self'.
But this issue is complicated by a lack of clarity on many points.
1. What exactly is a view?
2. What exactly is 'self-identity view'?
3. What is the 'fetter of views'?
4. The Buddha does say 'I' in some passages, this is understood as
Does removing the view of self mean that one must have the view of no-self?