(A commentary on the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra)
“The five aggregates are neither the self nor belongings of the self.“
Excerpts from An Exposition on the Lankavatara Sutra
Venerable Xiao Pingshi
The Buddha said, “The five aggregates are neither the self nor belongings of the self.“ This means that no everlasting and unceasing “self”: no true self free from the functions of seeing, hearing, feeling and knowing but inherently endowed with nirvana, can be found therein. Hence, it is said “no self and no belongings of the self” in order to dissuade all Buddhists and all non-Buddhists from maintaining that the thoughtless and lucid mind is the non-arising and unceasing True Self.
An Exposition on the Lankavatara Sutra, Vol. 1, p.97