Who am I? What am I made of?

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Who am I? What am I made of? These universal questions are approached in a structured and reasoned way in Buddhist thought. We present the topic here in two subsections: the Five Aggregates of early Buddhism, and Shunyata and Buddha nature following the Mahayana tradition.


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