But non-self (anatta) explains that we do not exist in anything but a conditional, dependently originated way. There is no self in the Five Aggregates (form, feeling, perception, formation, consciousness) and no self apart from them.
- Nirvana is the deathless (unconditioned) state.
- "Nirvana is the highest happiness" (Dhammapada 204).
- "Where there is not anything, where nothing is grasped, there is the Isle of No-Beyond. Nirvāṇa do I call it -- the utter extinction of aging and dying."
- "There is an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unformed. If there were not that unborn, unbecome, unmade, unformed, there would be no freedom and release from the born, become [dynamic being], made, formed to be discerned. But precisely because there is an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unformed freedom and release from the born, become, made, formed is discerned" (Verses of Uplift, Udana VIII.3).
- "‘The liberated mind/heart (citta) which does not cling’ means nirvana” (MN 2-Att. 4.68).