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Postby floating_abu » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:42 pm

Sometimes people like to use the word "ego" in Buddhist circles. And ignoring all the debate and different conceptions of what that word actually means, I'd like to ask what is not ego?
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Re: Ego

Postby Eternal Spirit » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:54 pm

floating_abu wrote:Sometimes people like to use the word "ego" in Buddhist circles. And ignoring all the debate and different conceptions of what that word actually means, I'd like to ask what is not ego?

Dear Floating Abu

The 'ego' is not ego. The ego is simply a mental formation.

In the luminosity of the Eternal Spirit, the manifestations can be seen clearly for what they truely are.

:anjali:
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Re: Ego

Postby LuzdelaLuna » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:45 pm

floating_abu wrote:I'd like to ask what is not ego?


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Re: Ego

Postby dumb bonbu » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:30 pm

'ego'/'self' - different words for the same concept? perhaps answering what isn't ego is as difficult as trying to find a self. Dharmakaya? but what is that? ultimately, inconcievable with a mind full of defilements. i'm reminded of the words of Shinran's Shonshinge -

The darkness of our ignorance is already broken through;
Still the clouds and mists of greed and desire, anger and hatred,
Cover as always the sky of true and real shinjin.

But though light of the sun is veiled by clouds and mists,
Beneath the clouds and mists there is brightness, not dark.


perhaps that points towards something more than ego or self?
Although I too am within Amida's grasp,
Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and
illumines me always.
- Shinran


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Re: Ego

Postby thornbush » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:53 pm

When I realize my Mind is not with the Way...
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Re: Ego

Postby thecap » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:59 pm

floating_abu wrote:I'd like to ask what is not ego?


[x] Everything. :jawdrop: :D :buddha1:
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