Ideas from 'reports' by Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) [540 BCE], by Theme Structure

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16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 4. Denial of the Self
Individuals don't exist, but are conventional names for sets of elements
29. Religion / C. Spiritual Disciplines / 3. Buddhism
The Buddha believed the gods would eventually disappear, and Nirvana was much higher [Armstrong,K]
Life is suffering, from which only compassion, gentleness, truth and sobriety can save us