songhill wrote:This comment is directed to the OP. The problem is not the "I" or the self. The problem it is what we cling to which we believe is our true self or I. The bulk of mankind believes their I is composed of material shape, feelings, perception, habitual tendenceis and consciousness. These is the five aggregates (pañca-skandha) or the same, the psycho-physical body. According to the Buddha we are not this psycho-physical body. It is not my self, or the I, or the first-person.
A person once asked me why I would want to stop rebirth. "It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want to be reborn."
I replied. "Wanting to be reborn is like wanting to stay in a jail cell, when you have the chance to go free and experience the whole wide world. Does a convict, on being freed from his shabby, constricting, little cell, suddenly say "I really want to go back to jail and be put in a cell. It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want that?"