I am awake

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I Am Awake

When the Buddha started to wander around India shortly after his enlightenment, he encountered several men who recognized him to be a very extraordinary being.

They asked him, “Are you a god?”

“No,” he replied.

“Are you a reincarnation of god?”

“No,” he replied.

“Are you a wizard, then?”

“No.”

“Well, are you a man?”

“No.”

“So what are you?” they asked, being very perplexed.

“I am awake.”

Buddha means “The Awakened One”. How to awaken is all he taught.

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Anatta
I am Anattā. Not my real name, of course, but that’s the point. I selected the moniker Anattā because in Buddhism, my primary spiritual practice, the term anattā refers to the doctrine of “non-self”. In more practical terms, I chose the name Anattā because by writing anonymously, it’s far easier to be completely candid and honest. Further, there is no danger of my writing becoming tainted by any desire for self-aggrandizement. I write primarily to improve my own understanding of these topics, but my deepest desire for writing on this site is to help others.