Hello Quiet Heart, Catmoon!
I am happy you've both chimed in, I have been trying to make sense of this on my own with little result.
I am still very new to Buddhism, and do not have that much understanding when it comes to checking the literature to verify and validate my thoughts and experiences, so It's a great help and is appreciated.
it is not the I who perceieves that will continue to exist...it is the "accumulation of experiences will cease to be"...as you call it...that will continue to exist even long after the I is gone.
I think I find this far more comforting than my original assessment, the essence is the same.. but with more profound implications.. and
One extreme is "I exist, there is within me the eternal, permanent and unchanging Me."
The other extreme is "I do not exist, I am nothing."
These together have given me alot to think about. When I said I am nothing, It may have been a bit of a miscommunication, or just a really bad one. This has reinforced it though.
Perhaps the purpose of your existance as a sentient human being is to understand and then "test by fire" that very understanding in the burning fire of the world?
There is nothing I would rather do more. Thank you both.
Buddha is like a doctor to whom we go with our suffering; his teaching is the medicine that can cure us; the community includes the nurses, and perhaps the supportive fellow-patients as well.
"We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know." - Albert Einstein