M.G. wrote:Enlightenment is about overcoming or transcending or dissolving the ego. Or so I'm told.
How do you experience ego? Alternately, what do you understand it to be?
Ego, to the extent I experience anything other than blindness to it, feels like tension or restriction to me. How about you?
To me it usually seems as if the term "ego" is used in a Buddhist context to mean false self-identification with the skandhas.
So generally, a huge part of our daily life is and comes from a place of "ego", it is the default setting for us.
It gets used in a kind of generic way by self-help people too, usually when they lack the vocabulary to accurately model what they are talking about;), or that's how it seems to me and my ego.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen