By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

In this video extract, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains that we live our entire life grasping at the real I, but in Buddhism we learn that the way the self appears is a total hallucination.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Singapore, 2010. Photo: Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

The I appears to exist from its own side, but it is merely imputed by the mind

How the I is Merely Labeled •
The Real Refuge •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Lake Arrowhead, California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Lawudo Monastery, Nepal, and Instituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy

Self-grasping ignorance believes the I to be concrete and inherently existent

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1991.  Photo: Thubten Yeshe (Augusta Alexander).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal 1992

The I appears to exist, but it can't be found anywhere on the aggregates

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tara Institute, Australia

Teachings given at Tara Institute, Australia in June 2006.

Emptiness; How Lama Atisha Came to Tibet •
Dromtonpa; Searching For the I •
Analyzing How the I and Aggregates Exist •
Emptiness and Impermanence in Daily Life •
Serving the Guru and the Purpose of Guru Devotion •
Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. Photo: Deborah Alterman.
By Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey in New Delhi, India January 1980

Geshe Ngawang Dargyey gave this teaching on the nature of the self at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, Delhi, in 1980.

Lama Yeshe wearing a ceremonial crown of the five dhyani buddhas, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Cumbria, England, 1977

Investigating the nature of the self or I, which exists in mere name on a collection of parts.