The Anatta-lakkhaṇa Sutta preserved in the ancient Pali language (Anātmalakṣaṇa Sūkta in Sanskrit), is traditionally recorded as the second sutra or discourse delivered by the historical Buddha.
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"Form... feeling... perception... mental formation... consciousness is not self. If consciousness were self, this consciousness would not lend itself to disease.
"It would be possible [to say] with regard to consciousness, 'Let my consciousness be thus. Let my consciousness not be thus.'
"But precisely because consciousness is not self, consciousness lends itself to disease. And it is impossible [to say] with regard to consciousness, 'Let my consciousness be thus. Let my consciousness be not thus [and have it just be that desired way].'...
"So, meditators, any form [physical object]... feeling... perception... formation... [or] consciousness whatsoever -- whether past, future, or present, internal or external, obvious or subtle, mundane or sublime, far or near -- is to be seen as it actually is with right view [proper insight] as: 'This is not mine. This is not myself. This is not I am.'
"Seeing things in this way, the well-instructed disciple of the noble [enlightened] ones grows disenchanted with form, disenchanted with feeling, disenchanted with perception, disenchanted with formations, disenchanted with consciousness.
"Disenchanted, one becomes dispassionate [lets go]. Through dispassion, one is fully released. With full release comes the knowledge, 'Fully released.' One discerns that 'Rebirth is ended, the supreme life has been fulfilled, the task is done. There is nothing further for this world.'" More