(Lecture given by Master Sheng-yen on the Surangama Sutra, June 9, 1986.) Reasoning by his worldly sense, Ananda is puzzled about the nature of the self. Where, he wonders, is the self revealed? Can it be found in the nature of the senses themselves? Is the self manifested in the nature of seeing, for example? The Buddha explains to Ananda that this quest for the self is in vain. Ananda is still confused by the "outer path" views of "natural existence" and "true self."more