There is a growing cancer over in the HCZ comments section that I enjoy for my regular dose of voyeuristic zentertainment. Human beings never have this problem. It is a special hell for demons and ghosts. It is symptomatic of what happens when a worthless skin bag latches on to teachings but not what is being taught.
People are passing off sayings as Buddhist teachings that are just flat out wrong.
A friend of mine labeled it Nihilism. I think that is as accurate as you can get for the condition. The symptoms include someone saying stupid things like “I do not exist” or “you do not exist.” These are the same skin bags that say that the goal of Zen practice is to “Slay the ego” and garbage like that. I think this is why teaching Buddhism on the internet is a challenge I would prefer to leave to others.
The compassionate thing to do in a face to face setting with some rice bag that says “You do not exist” might be to punch this person square in the nose. Then I could ask, dose your nose exist?
If I try to look at the expression says “You do not exist” in my most accepting frame of mind I might say that it is an incomplete teaching. If someone said, “your concept of self dose not exist”, I might say, that is a little more complete. But it’s still missing the mark. The concept of nihilism is still dualistic.
I am hoping a scripture master will address this soon. In the mean time I have to get back to work.